Category: Wages

Company Can Enforce Its Holiday Policy

Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: Our company was given the entire Christmas week off, exempt and non exempt employees alike. Only one and a half of those days were paid as holiday. The other three and a half days had to be taken as vacation or...

Illegal to Combine Meal & Rest Breaks

by Patrick E. Turner Employee Rights Attorney Mission Viejo, California Q: I work in a medical office with a new administrator. We’ve always been allowed to take rest breaks with our lunch breaks due to what’s otherwise an unpredictable morning and...

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...