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10. Overtime – You aren’t paying overtime per CA’s standards.

9. Paid Sick Leave – You won’t have implemented it per the law.

8. Regular Rate – You think this means their normal hourly rate but it’s more than that.

7. Timekeeping – You don’t track (and pay for) the hours you “control.”

6. Meal and Rest Breaks – You think you don’t have to require them.

5. Misclassifying Workers – You either have workers classified as exempt (salaried) when they should be hourly or you have them classified as independent contractors when they should be employees.

4. Paystubs – You don’t have the required info listed on every paystub.

3. Reimbursements – You aren’t reimbursing the employee for ALL business-related expenses.

2. Arbitration Agreements – You don’t understand when and why.

1. Making Changes – You see a problem with your handbook, timecards, and written policies and rush to make a change, which can be a red flag.

About Your Columnist

CJ Westrick is a featured columnist for Women Taking Charge, the official blog of Connected Women of Influence, where she covers all things human resources and managing people in the workplace. CJ Westrick, SPHR, has been in human resources (HR) management for over 20 years and has maintained her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) national certification since 2002. She started HR Jungle, a human resources consulting firm, in 2006 to provide senior-level HR expertise to businesses without internal HR.

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