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October 27, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD
Elizabeth Winfree, a staff consultant with the Orange County office of the Merchants and Manufacturers Assn., has been chosen for the office's top administrative post. She will succeed Lawrence P. Ball as manager, effective Nov. 3. Ball, who has served as the association's manager since 1984, is resigning to assume labor and employee relations duties with the Orange County Rapid Transit Authority.
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BUSINESS
October 27, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD
Elizabeth Winfree, a staff consultant with the Orange County office of the Merchants and Manufacturers Assn., has been chosen for the office's top administrative post. She will succeed Lawrence P. Ball as manager, effective Nov. 3. Ball, who has served as the association's manager since 1984, is resigning to assume labor and employee relations duties with the Orange County Rapid Transit Authority.
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BUSINESS
August 29, 1994
Question: I understand there is a law requiring employers to reclassify part-time employees who work more then 1,000 hours a year. Is this correct? Will part-time workers be made full time or just be given similar benefits? --J.C., Rancho Santa Margarita Answer: You are referring to a requirement in the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act that says an employer must normally credit any employee who works at least 1,000 hours with a year toward eligibility for pension benefits.
BUSINESS
June 6, 1994
Question: Does a person have to accept the Family Medical Leave Act's free medical benefits, where your employer continues to pay them while you're on leave, for maternity for example, or can an employee say "I don't want it because it will later cause financial problems in my company?" --M.G., Costa Mesa Answer: If your company has fewer than 50 employees there is no obligation to comply with the Family Leave Act.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1994
Shop Talk is a forum for readers to ask questions about on-the-job situations and get answers from specialists on workplace issues. This week's experts are Ron Riggio, professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Cal State Fullerton; and Elizabeth Winfree Lydon, Orange County regional manager and senior staff consultant for The Employers Group. Question: There's a clique in my department at work that includes some of my co-workers and our supervisor.
BUSINESS
June 27, 1994
Question: Is there a labor law that states we are entitled to a 10- or 15-minute rest or coffee break every four hours during our eight-hour shift? --S.K., Yorba Linda Answer: Yes. The California Industrial Welfare Commission orders, which apply to virtually all California employees, provide that an employer is obliged to provide paid rest periods of at least 10 minutes to employees for each four hours, or major fraction of four hours, worked.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1994
Question: Can an employer restrict an employee from doing work on his or her free time, like on the weekends? I can understand a boss not wanting you to work for a competitor, but can he prohibit you from doing absolutely any part-time work at night and on weekends, even if it isn't even remotely connected to your company or industry? --C.F., Newport Beach Answer: As you recognize, an employer may have legitimate concerns about outside work that employees do on their own time.
BUSINESS
January 11, 1995 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing that floods or mudslides would make major roads impassable, many companies in Orange County sent employees home early Tuesday, adding to traffic jams on freeways already slowed by the driving rain. The workday started off typically at most companies. "It is pretty much business as usual here," said Michelle Sweet, spokeswoman for Irvine Co. in Newport Beach, Orange County's largest landowner. "I'm surprised just how many people are out and about today." Hyundai Motor American Inc.
BUSINESS
September 26, 1994
Question: Can a company continually move you from shift to shift anytime it likes? --M.P. Answer: Unless otherwise provided in an employment agreement or a manual or by company policy, an employer is pretty much free to set working conditions, including a requirement that the employee work different shifts. I assume, however, that you are being paid extra for any overtime for all hours worked over eight hours in a day and over 40 hours in a week. --Thomas M.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1994
Question: I just started working for a new company and found there is a chain smoker in the office, which has no ventilation. I'm afraid I'll get fired if I tell my bosses that I can't work in such a smoky environment. What do you suggest I do about a chain smoker in the same office and an employer not willing to do anything about it? --V.C.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1994
D o you have a question about a workplace issue, challenge or problem? If so, please mail it to Shop Talk, Los Angeles Times, P.O. Box 2008, Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626. Or call (714) 966-7873 and leave a voice mail message. Questions of general interest will be answered in this column on Mondays. Question: At what point does a short shift become a full day's work? Say a person works part time: eight-hour days twice a week and five-hour shifts twice a week.
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