Author: Sessions & Kimball

Employers Have Discretion Over Time Off

Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: I work in the restaurant business. My employer said we cannot take vacation during spring break, summer or Christmas. Most employees have been there over a year. Some are in school and some work vacations around...

Meal Periods Vary With Employee Status

by Patrick E. Turner Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: I am a salaried employee, required to work 40 hours a week. Our new manager says office hours are 8:30 5:30. I do not need a one hour break for lunch. I’d rather use my 20 minute break...

Use-It-Or-Lose-It Vacation Policies Illegal

by Patrick E. Turner Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: My company was just bought by another and moved to California. The previous company allowed for unused vacation days to be carried over. The new company has a “use it or lose it”...

To Collect Retirement, You Must Retire

Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: I am in my company’s pension plan (not a 401 k), but the company stopped contributing to it at the end of 1999. I was 65 in December 1998. I’m still working for the company full time. Can I collect my...

Sick-Leave Payoffs are Taxable

Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: I am a public employee hoping to retire within one or two years. I will receive a payoff on accumulated sick leave. A retired co worker said the federal government does not tax vacation leave, sick leave,...