In the state of California, am I as an employer required to give a 24 hour notice before deciding that an employee does not need to work their shift on a given day? Or can I simply let them know they are not needed for the day?
4 Answers from Attorneys
If they show up and you send them home they are entitled to 1/2 their regular pay for the day, not to exceed four hours pay. If you notify them before they leave home, you owe them nothing.
Unless you have a union contract (or, for that matter, and contract with the employee) mandating a different result, there is no legal requirement for 24 hour notice; any prior notice is sufficient.
Typo -- I meant "any contract," not "and contract." Sorry.
I agree with Mr. McCormick, and suggest you take a careful look at section 5 of the Industrial Wage Order that would apply to your employee.
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