1. Ensure complete and accurate wage statements. Read more
  2. Provide meal and rest breaks. Read more
  3. Never pay an employee in cash or “under the table.” Although some employees prefer it because of increased take-home pay, many employers who pay in cash ultimately regret their decision because it can result in a large, unplanned liability and they have a legal obligation to withhold payroll taxes and report employees’ wages accurately. Moreover, it can lead to audits by the EDD, IRS, and other agencies – a very expensive headache!
  4. Have employees certify in writing that their timesheets are accurate; in writing and in practice, prohibit working “off the clock.”
  5. Make sure your employees are properly classified as exempt or non-exempt. Read more