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NLRB Issues Guidance Regarding Lawful Employee Handbook Policies

Source: Alejandro Valle, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP.

Employers should be aware that the National Labor Relations Act (or "NLRA") applies even to employers who do not have a unionized workforce. Due to the broad reach of the NLRA, the recent guidance issued by the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") regarding employee handbook policies is a must-read for human resources professionals and those charged with maintaining their company's employee policies.

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DLSE Issues FAQs on Paid Sick Leave Use

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement is the agency charged with enforcing the new Paid Sick Leave (PSL) mandate, which takes full effect on July 1. DLSE has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as a means of interpreting some parts of the PSL law that have been subject to differing understandings.

Read more: DLSE Issues FAQs on Paid Sick Leave Use

FELS Seminars

Are You Ready for 2016?


Farm Employers Labor Service provides agricultural employers with a variety of educational services and products. Seminars are offered periodically by FELS to keep agricultural employers up to date with current labor issues.


"Are You Ready for 2016?"

Every year, Sacramento mandates new requirements for agricultural employers: New Piece-Rate Pay law, New Gender Pay Equity law, State Minimum Wage increase, Implementing Paid Sick Leave: Are You Ready for 2016? Click here for program flyer.

Click here for seminar presentation materials.

Locations and dates:

  • Salinas: March 2, 2016, Monterey County Farm Bureau; 9 AM registration, 9:30 AM program.
  • San Luis Obispo: March 3, 2016, San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau; 1:00 PM registration, 1:30 program.(Note: registration and payment deadline for 3/3 program is end-of-business-day Feb. 25. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805-543-3654. Registration is not complete unless the fee has been received by San Luis Obispo Farm Bureau by 2/25/2016.)
  • Ukiah: March 22, 2016, Hampton Inn & Suites (co-sponsored by Mendinocino County Farm Bureau); 8:00 AM registration; 8:30 AM program.
  • Santa Rosa: March 23, 2016: Sonoma County Farm Bureau; 8:00 AM registration, 8:30 AM program.

*Note: For all programs, admission is $40. 


Labor Commissioner Releases Sick Leave, FLC Compliance Documents 

The Office of the Labor Commissioner, also known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, has recently released documentation to allow ag employers to comply with recent legislative mandates effective January 1.

SB 1087 created a new requirement for farm labor contractors to attest that they and their supervisory personnel have not been found, within the last three years, to have committed sexual harassment.  SB 1087 required the Labor Commissioner's office to create a document to permit this attestation which has been posted to the Labor Commissioner's website at this link (English and Spanish).

AB 1522, the new Paid Sick Leave (PSL) mandate, requires employers to post information about employee sick leave rights and to disclose these rights to employees at time of hire in written disclosures.

You can find the new employee informational postings at these links (English and Spanish) and the new time-of-hire disclosure at this link (English and Spanish).

FELS Fact Sheets on New Laws Available Now

FELS has made several fact sheets on new laws effective January 1 available on the FELS website for your use:

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at 800-753-9073 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.