|Jan. 1, 2010 | www.fisherphillips.com|
On November 28, 2009, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) issued an opinion letter which should help shed some light on an area of the law which has long plagued California employers due to its ambiguity – namely, under what circumstances may employers make deductions from exempt employees' salaries without running afoul of the law? This opinion responded to detailed questions asked by an employer. Although DLSE opinion letters are not binding as law, and courts are not bound to follow them, courts may refer to and follow them when deciding cases, and sometimes treat them as persuasive authority.