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Winter 2017

the meal and rest period laws in any
state in which the employee performs work. Provide employees with
a description of their rights to meal
and rest periods, post the applicable rules in a visible place and train
supervisors properly. If the onus is on
the employee to inform the company
of any missed break, the legal risk is
dramatically reduced.
* Safety Violations Carry Huge
Liability - Lax workplace safety can result in a slew of negative
consequences, including expensive
workers' compensation claims and
insurance, Cal-OSHA investigations
and citations, and even orders stopping work at your job sites. Review
your policies periodically to ensure
compliance with evolving standards,
train all supervisors and employees,
and strictly enforce workplace safety
rules - before an accident occurs.
Consider having a consultant do a
periodic assessment of your policies.
Being proactive and consistent can
go a long way toward reducing claims
and fines.
* Classify Employees Correctly -
In the transportation industry, there
are many workers who contract
with various companies to perform
as-needed shipment and hauling
work. However, just because you
have an independent contractor
agreement with someone, does not
mean they are not legally your employee. Misclassification of employees is a common class action claim,
and the penalties for violation make
these common audit issues for the
labor commissioner. Do a self-audit
about once a year with counsel so
you can correct any issues and the
audit is not discoverable in a lawsuit.
* Don't Discriminate Based on
Immigration Status - California
employees have the right to update

// Regulations regarding areas such as safety
and employee privacy require due diligence
from transportation companies.

their personnel information - including their SSN. If a long-term
employee wants to "update" his or her
SSN, and admits the one you have on
file was fraudulently obtained, you
cannot take negative employment
action. It is also a crime in California
to threaten to deport someone, and
the penalty can include loss of your
business license. Make sure your
supervisors know this.
* Respect Employee Privacy -
Employers often track employee
activity for various work-related
reasons. Common monitoring
methods include tracking company
vehicles, reviewing employee email,
social media and cell phone use, and
using hidden cameras. Most such
monitoring is allowed as long as the
employees are notified of the potential invasion of their privacy - but the
act of notifying them may defeat the
purpose of monitoring. Audio recording is almost always illegal - as are
cameras in changing rooms or bathrooms. Reading personal emails and
monitoring off duty behavior is also
almost always illegal. Make sure there
is a legitimate reason for each potential intrusion into the employee's life,

and have your monitoring practices
reviewed by competent counsel.
* Adopt A Smartphone Policy -
Nonexempt employees who check
emails and texts, make and receive
phone calls, or work remotely after
hours can create overtime liability
for the company - and the smartphone records each and every
violation. Reduce your risk by not
giving company phones to nonexempt employees, and have a policy
covering personal phone use and/or
company phone use that is legal and
enforced consistently. California law
requires reasonable reimbursement
when employees use their personal
smartphones to conduct company
business - even if the employee
has an unlimited plan. Finally, all
employers must have a policy forbidding cell phone use while driving for
work, even if the company does not
provide cell phones.
* Review Your OFCCP Compliance - Federal law requires federal
contractors to attract, retain and
track the hours worked by certain
covered categories (including women,
minorities, disabled individuals, and
veterans), and to comply with an affirWINTER 2017 TLIMAGAZINE.COM

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