Notice to Employees: The Missing Form

Every employer, at the time of hiring, must provide a notice to most employees regarding certain basic terms of employment. Labor Code 2810.5. The employee must sign the notice, receive a copy of the signed notice, and the original should be maintained in the employee personnel file.

Labor Code 2810.5 Notice to Employees Requirements

The Notice to Employees must contain:

(A) The rate or rates of pay and basis thereof, whether paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission, or otherwise, including any rates for overtime, as applicable.

(B) Allowances, if any, claimed as part of the minimum wage, including meal or lodging allowances.

(C) The regular payday designated by the employer in accordance with the requirements of this code.

(D) The name of the employer, including any “doing business as” names used by the employer.

(E) The physical address of the employer’s main office or principal place of business, and a mailing address, if different.

(F) The telephone number of the employer.

(G) The name, address, and telephone number of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier.

(H) That an employee: may accrue and use sick leave; has a right to request and use accrued paid sick leave; may not be terminated or retaliated against for using or requesting the use of accrued paid sick leave, and has the right to file a complaint against an employer who retaliates.

(I) Any other information the Labor Commissioner deems material and necessary.

The Labor Commissioner developed a form employers can use for this purpose. You can download the form here.

For whatever reason, employers are not using the Labor Commissioner’s standard form, and many are neglecting to include the notice to employees in the hiring documents. If any of the items in the notice to employees change (i.e., pay rate, workers’ compensation carrier, etc.), the employer has to provide a new signed notice to the employee.

Even if your offer letter or employment agreement contains all the required information (it likely wouldn’t because no one includes their workers’ compensation carrier information in an offer letter), employers should still use a standard form.

Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman of Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C.

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