Lauren Perales

As an HR Advisor at Zenefits, Lauren provides guidance and best practices to companies of all sizes with any HR and compliance questions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and chasing her three dogs around.

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What are my obligations relating to maternity leave for part time employees?

What are my obligations relating to maternity leave for part time employees? Short Answer It depends on: whether certain requirements are met under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and if there are any state provisions for family leave. If your part-time employees meet certain conditions, then they could be entitled up to […]

How do we hire someone who is currently on a F-1 OPT Visa but transitioning to a F-1 CPT Visa?

Short Answer You may not need to do anything different. Employers don’t need to fill out any paperwork when an employee changes from OPT to CPT. It is usually taken care of by the student and their college or university’s office of immigration services. One thing to note is that immigration issues vary case by […]

What workplace precautions should be taken to protect against the flu?

Influenza, or flu, is a viral infection that affects 5% to 20% of U.S. residents each year. This results in increased employee absences, reduced productivity, and a risky work environment for employees who have not yet contracted the virus. However, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), these potential costs can be greatly reduced […]

If a California employee needs more time off work than his regularly allocated family leave and sick time to care for a child with special needs, is he eligible to apply for Paid Family Leave?

If a California employee has a child with special needs who requires a health appointment every week, he may be eligible for partial wage reimbursement for up to 4 hours per week through Paid Family Leave. Partial Reimbursement to Care for Family Paid Family Leave is a program that relieves families of financial stress when […]

Can we tell employees to not speak a different language (other than English), during work hours in the workplace?

In general, employers must allow employees to speak their native language during work hours, unless it interferes with reasonable and necessary business operations.

What are some best practices for managing the growing contingent worker (1099) workforce within companies?

If your company is considering using 1099 workers, there are a few best practices you should consider when managing this new workforce.

If an employee leaves after working two hours due to her uncle dying, does she qualify for bereavement leave for that day?

When an employee suffer from a loss, bereavement leave provides paid time off. The short answer is that if your company has bereavement leave, then the employee could be covered. The answer also depends on whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt. Bereavement Leave Although there is no federal law regarding bereavement leave, most companies […]

When does the I-9 form have to be completed for a new hire?

The I-9 verification process The I-9 verification process requires all new hires to provide documentation of their eligibility to work in the US. By law, eligibility documents that accompany I-9 forms must be inspected in person within the first 3 days of an employee’s first day of work. Employers must complete Form I-9 from the […]

How long can an employer institute a non-compete clause in a hiring contract?

As an HR manager, you make dozens of hiring decisions every day. Some of the people you hire may inquire about the non-compete clause in their hiring contract. Non-compete agreements are primarily governed by state law. Generally, states uphold the enforceability of non-compete clauses, but the length of that enforceability varies from state to state, […]