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2021 Q1 Practice Health Check: Preparing for Jan. 1

January 01, 2021 1776

Are your exempt employees’ wages meeting California minimum salary thresholds?

In addition to meeting exempt duties qualifications, exempt employees must earn a salary of no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment. The minimum annual salary is based on the current state minimum wage, calculated as follows: minimum wage x 2 x 2080 hours. As of Jan. 1, 2021 the minimum weekly salary for an exempt employee is $1040 for employers of 25 or less and $1120 for employers of 26 or more employees. Employee Exemption Checklist and/or City and State Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinances.

Which holidays will your practice observe in 2021?

It is good business practice to provide employees or post a list of days the office will be closed for holidays and whether the employees will be paid during those closures. Check out our Holiday Pay FAQ for more information on related policies.

Are your employees following your meal and rest break policies?

As a best practice, employers should audit employee time records to ensure employees are able to take and are following meal and rest break policies. Meet with employees at least annually to discuss timing, compliance and any barriers to taking required rest and meal breaks. Sample meal and rest break policy.

 

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