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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can an employer reduce the dollar value of pto already earned after reducing salary?

I had accured over 120 hours of pto at my previous wage but after covid the company reduced our salary and stated that all pto earned at the previous salary will be valued at the reduced salary rate.

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Nov 19, 2020

Once it is earned under California law it cannot be taken away

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Civil Rights and Employment Law for California on
Q: As an independent contractor (truck driver) delivering loads for Amazon, I was banned by Amazon's Security firm

Amazon is not my employer. the trucking Co. I work under is only contracted by Amazon (example: USPS & Amazon.). I think it's wrong for The manager in charge of the Security Company to ban me from all amazon fullfilment centers after she turned around and yelled at me to 'step... Read more »

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Nov 19, 2020

Are you really an independent contractor.

Do you have your own business and drive for a living outside Amazon.

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Am I entitled to extra pay, since my employer does not allow 30 min breaks when I work 6 hours or more?

Several of the employees have worked with no 30 minute breaks for years. Our employer doesn’t want to pay us for that, because it’s too much money.

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Nov 16, 2020

Are you talking about rest breaks which are 10 mins or

Are you talking about 30 min meal breaks.

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: My company has travel pay but they withhold an hour of my travel and call it waiting period but I'm still traveling

Am I suppose to be paid as soon as I leave uneven if I stop to get gas first

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Nov 13, 2020

Waiting for what?

Waiting for a ride or plane etc.

You are under the control of the employer who requires the travel.

That is true whether your checking in or waiting on the transportation.

Failure to pay at least minimum wage for that hour is failure to pay...
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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can your employer reduce your pay if you decline a promotion due to them not accepting your salary counteroffer?

I live in California. My wife works for a private company with senior citizens as an assistant. She makes $17.36 per hour and works full-time. Last week, she was offered a promotion to work as a full-time manager. They offered her $19.12 per hour, but my wife wants $20 at the minimum like other... Read more »

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Nov 13, 2020

Yes they can unless you have a contract that forbids it.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Last employer failed to comply with OSHA laws. I am now suffering from migrating metal in body after MRI. Case?

Last employer failed to comply with osha guidelines in many areas. By not having protective shields on grinders I am now experiencing painful side effects from having an MRI done almost a year after being released from duties. Metal shavings are migrating in my skin and face. When multiple... Read more »

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Oct 25, 2020

So the MRI was for something else.

What did the doctor say regarding the migration of metal

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Q: A woman I was having an affair with was forced to resign from a company when they found out. Now that company hired me.

Even though the woman is separated from her husband, I am afraid that if the company finds out we are together, the company will fire me. How can I protect myself from being fired?

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Oct 16, 2020

You are presumably at-will in your employment so there is really nothing you can do from being fired.

However, if the company finds out and does fire you, you may have a cause of action for wrongful termination based on not being married.

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Q: I am being reinstated includes any lost wages and benefits.

Can an employer deduct money earned from other jobs while i was wrongful terminated from employer. Is there any legal obligation on my part to give them any w-2 or final paystub?

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Oct 16, 2020

An employer in California cannot make any deduction from the wages that you earn from that employer. Cal. Labor Code 221-223 prohibits any deductions from your wages, even if you agree to the deductions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Mexico on
Q: My employers check bounced, 2 years after she said she would resend i haven’t been paid. Can I file a lawsuit?

We had a verbal agreement that I would clean her house and she would pay me, in which she wrote me a check. The bank later sent me a letter in which the check had bounced. I contacted promptly, again almost 1 month after, and once more months afteR. Every time she said she would resend it but I... Read more »

Alex Sliheet
Alex Sliheet answered on Oct 14, 2020

Sure you can file a lawsuit assuming the statute of limitations has not run.

But the type of lawsuit you would file depends on whether you actually are an employee or an independent contractor. What you and the lady subjectively decided does not determine the issue.

If your...
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