Q I work at a market chain and recently they stopped providing printed pay stubs.

We were told that because the payroll checks are auto-deposited into bank accounts it was not required, and we could use the Internet to get the information.

Since I don't have Internet in my apartment, that doesn't work for me.

I have been going to the bank each week to see the amount of my paycheck. But without the pay stub I can't be sure I am being paid for the correct number of hours (my hours fluctuate week to week, and sometimes I work nights, which is paid at a different rate).

This has become a real hassle for me and seems like a printed pay stub should be standard.

Name withheld

A It is. The law says your employer must provide you with a pay stub (Labor Code Section 226(a)).

Every time you are paid your wages, whether by check, in cash or otherwise, you must be given a detachable part of the check or a separate writing showing required information including gross wages earned, total hours worked (not required for salaried exempt employees), deductions, net wages earned and the inclusive dates of the period for which you were paid.

If this is not happening, you can check with the Labor Commissioner's Office at 100 Paseo de San Antonio, Room 120.

Q What's the law regarding parking on sidewalks?



San Jose

A State law says that it is illegal for a vehicle to park on the sidewalk or over any part of it. You can get more information on this at www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vc top/vc/tocd11c9.htm.

Q Can a car park at the corner, blocking the access from the curb?

A The California Vehicle Code says that you may not park in front of or upon that portion of a curb that has been cut down, lowered or constructed to provide wheelchair accessibility to the sidewalk.

Q In San Jose, we have Valley Medical Center for low-income people. Do you know if there's any similar center with dental help for very poor people in the valley?

Liz Z.

San Jose

A Yes, Liz, dial 211, the United Way help line. Someone there can make a referral.

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