Massage Science Employee Handbook

Section 1 - Introduction 

1.1 Welcome
1.2 Employee Handbook

1.3 Changes in Policy

1.4 Employment-At-Will

1.5 Arbitration Policy 

Section 2 - Employment Policies 

2.1 Employee Classifications
2.2 Equal Employment Opportunity & Americans with Disabilities Act.

2.3 Confidentiality
2.4 Employment of Minors
2.5 Employment of Relatives
2.6 Introductory Period
2.7 Personnel Records and Employee References
2.8 Privacy
2.9 Immigration Law Compliance
2.10 Political Neutrality 

Section 3 - Hours of Work and Payroll Practices 

3.1 Pay Periods and Paydays

3.2 Overtime
3.3 Rest and Meal Periods

3.4 Time Cards 

3.5 Payroll Deductions

3.6 Wage Garnishment

3.7 Direct Deposit 

Section 4 - Standards of Conduct and Employee Performance 

4.1 Anti- Harassment and Discrimination

4.2 Attendance
4.3 Discipline and Standards of Conduct

4.4 Dress Code 

4.5 Safety
4.6 Substance and Abuse
4.7 Workplace Searches
4.8 Internet, Email and Computer Use Policy

4.9 Social Media Policy 

4.10 Cell Phone Policy
4.11 General Duties and Responsibilities

4.12 Reviews

Section 5 - Employee Benefits and Services 

5.1 Generally
5.2 Worker's Compensation
5.3 Social Security Benefits (FICA)

5.4 Unemployment Insurance
5.5 Additional Benefits 

Section 6 - Employee Leaves of Absence and Time Off 

6.1 Generally
6.2 Sick Days
6.3 Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act

6.4 Family and Medical Leave
6.5 Workers' Compensation Leave
6.6 Jury Duty
6.7 Voting Time 

Section 7 - Acknowledgement

Section 8 - FAQ

Section 9 - Make an anonymous complaint

Section 1 Introduction 

1.1 Welcome to Massage Science, Inc.

Massage Science is a therapeutic massage clinic that specializes in precision massage. This handbook assumes the company and employee will abide by all current and future laws and regulations set forth by the state of California and the city of San Diego in regard to employment and massage in addition to the guidelines set forth in this guide and any future amendments.

1.2 Employee Handbook 

This Employee Handbook ("Handbook") is designed to summarize certain personnel policies and benefits of Massage Science, Inc. (the "Company"), and to acquaint employees with many of the rules concerning employment with the Company. This Handbook applies to all employees, and compliance with the Company's policies is a condition of employment. This Handbook supersedes all previous employment policies, written and oral, express and implied. The Company reserves the right to modify, rescind, delete, or add to the provisions of this Handbook from time to time in its sole and absolute discretion. This Employee Handbook is not a binding contract between the Company and its employees, nor is it intended to alter the at-will employment relationship between the Company and its employees. The Company reserves the right to interpret the policies in this Handbook and to deviate from them when, in its discretion, it determines it is appropriate. 

1.3 Changes in Policy 

Since our business is constantly changing, the Company expressly reserves the right to revise, modify, delete, or add to any and all policies, procedures, work rules, or benefits stated in this handbook or in any other document, except for the policy of at-will employment as described below. No oral statements or representations can in any way alter the provisions of this Handbook. Nothing in this employee handbook or in any other document, including benefit plan descriptions, creates or is intended to create a promise or representation of continued employment for any employee. Any changes to your at-will employment status, described below, must be in writing and must be signed by the Company. 

If you are uncertain about any policy or procedure, please check with your manager or Human Resources. 

1.4 Employment-At-Will 

Employment with the Company is on an at-will basis, unless otherwise specified in a written employment agreement. You are free to resign at any time, for any reason, with 14 days courtesy notice. Similarly, the Company is free to conclude the employment relationship at any time for any lawful reason, with or without cause, and with or without notice. 

Nothing in this Handbook will limit the right of either party to terminate an at-will employment. No section of this Handbook is meant to be construed, nor should be construed, as establishing anything other than an employment-at-will relationship. This Handbook does not limit management's discretion to make personnel decisions such as reassignment, change of wages and benefits, demotion, etc. No person other than the CEO, President, or CFO has the authority to enter into an agreement for employment for any specified period of time or to make an agreement for employment other than at-will terms. Only the CEO, President, or CFO of the Company has the authority to make any such agreement, which is only binding if it is in writing and signed by the President of the Company. 

Section 2 Employment Policies 

2.1 Employee Classifications 

The following terms are used to describe employees and their employment status: 

Exempt Employees - Employees whose positions meet specific tests established by the Federal Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and California state law. In general, exempt employees are those engaged in executive, managerial, high-level administrative and professional jobs who are paid a fixed salary and perform certain duties. In addition, certain commissioned sales employees and highly paid computer professionals are exempt. Exempt employees are not subject to the minimum wage and overtime laws. 

Nonexempt Employees - Employees whose positions do not meet specific tests established by the FLSA and California state law. All employees who are covered by the federal or state minimum wage and overtime laws are considered nonexempt. Employees working in nonexempt jobs are entitled to be paid at least the minimum wage per hour and a premium for overtime. 

Full-Time Employees - Employees who are not temporary employees, independent contractors, or independent consultants and who are regularly scheduled to work a schedule of 30 hours per work week. 

Part-Time Employees - Employees who are not temporary employees, independent contractors, or independent consultants and who are regularly scheduled to work less than 30 hours per work week. 

Temporary Employees - Employees who are hired as interim replacements to temporarily supplement the workforce or to assist in the completion of a specific project. Employment assignments in this category are of limited duration and the temporary 

employee can be let go before the end of the defined period. Short term assignments generally are periods of three (3) months or less, however, such assignments may be extended. All Temporary employees are at-will regardless of the anticipated duration of the assignment (see Employment-at-Will Policy). Temporary employees retain that status unless and until notified in writing of a change. 

Independent Contractor or Consultant - These individuals are not employees of the Company and are self-employed. An independent contractor or consultant is engaged to perform a task according to his/her own methods and is subject to control and direction only as to the results to be accomplished. Independent contractors or consultants are not entitled to benefits. 

Each employee will be advised of his or her status at the time of hire and any change in status. Regardless of the employee's status, the employee is employed at-will and the employment relationship can be terminated by the Company or the employee at any time, with or without cause and with or without notice. 

2.2 Equal Employment Opportunity & Americans with Disabilities Act. 

It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal laws. This policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, job assignment, working conditions, compensation, promotion, benefits, scheduling, training, discipline and termination. 

The Company expects all employees to support our equal employment opportunity policy, and to take all steps necessary to maintain a workplace free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to accommodate others in line with this policy to the fullest extent required by law. For example, the Company will make reasonable accommodations for employees' observance of religious holidays and practices unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship on the Company's operations. If you desire a religious accommodation, you are required to make the request in writing to your manager as far in advance as possible. You are expected to strive to find co-workers who can assist in the accommodation (e.g. trade shifts) and cooperate with the Company in seeking and evaluating alternatives. 

Moreover, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Company provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to the fullest extent required by law. The Company may require medical certification of both the disability and the need for accommodation. Keep in mind that the Company can only seek to accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual. Therefore, it is your responsibility to come forward if you are in need of an accommodation. The Company will engage in an 

interactive process with the employee to identify possible accommodations, if any will help the applicant or employee perform the job. 

2.3 Confidentiality. 

In the course of employment with the Company, employees may have access to "Confidential Information" regarding the Company, which may include its business strategy, future plans, financial information, contracts, suppliers, customers, personnel information or other information that the Company considers proprietary and confidential. Maintaining the confidentiality of this information is vital to the Company's competitive position in the industry and, ultimately, to its ability to achieve financial success and stability. Employees must protect this information by safeguarding it when in use, using it only for the business of the Company and disclosing it only when authorized to do so and to those who have a legitimate business need to know about it. This duty of confidentiality applies whether the employee is on or off the Company's premises, and during and even after the end of the employee's employment with the Company. This duty of confidentiality also applies to communications transmitted by the Company's electronic communications. See also Internet, Email and Computer Use policy, herein. 

As a condition of employment with the Company, all employees must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. 

2.4 Employment of Minors. 

The FLSA's child labor provisions, which the Company strictly adheres to, are designed to protect the educational opportunities of youth and prohibit their employment in jobs that are detrimental to their health and safety. Generally speaking, the FLSA sets the minimum age for employment (14 years for non-agricultural jobs), restricts the hours youth under the age of 16 may work, and prohibits youth under the age of 18 from being employed in hazardous occupations. In addition, the FLSA establishes subminimum wage standards for certain employees who are less than 20 years of age, full-time students, student learners, apprentices, and workers with disabilities. Employers generally must have authorization from the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in order to pay sub-minimum wage rates. 

2.5 Employment of Relatives. 

The Company recognizes that the employment of relatives in certain circumstances, such as when they will work in the same department, supervise or manage the other, or have access to confidential or sensitive information regarding the other, can cause problems related to supervision, safety, security or morale, or create conflicts of interest that materially and substantially disrupt the Company's operations. When the Company determines any of these problems will be present, it will decline to hire an individual to work in the same department as a relative. Relatives subject to this policy include: father, mother, sister, brother, current spouse or domestic partner, child (natural, foster, or adopted), current mother-in- law, current father-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild. 

If present employees become relatives during employment, the Company should be notified so that we may determine whether a problem involving supervision, safety, security or morale, or a conflict of interest that would materially and substantially disrupt the Company's operations exists. If the Company determines that such a problem exists, the Company will take appropriate steps to resolve the problem, which may include reassignment of one relative (if feasible) or asking for the resignation of one of the relatives. 

2.6 Introductory Period. 

The first 90 days of employment are considered an introductory period for all newly hired employees. During this time, you will learn your new responsibilities, get acquainted with fellow employees, and determine whether you are happy with the position. Also, during this time, your manager will monitor your performance. Upon completion of the introductory period, your manager will review your performance. If the Company finds your performance satisfactory and decides to continue your employment, you will be advised of any improvements expected. This is also an opportunity for you to make suggestions to improve the Company's efficiency and operations. Completion of the introductory period does not entitle you to remain employed by the Company for any definite period of time, but instead allows both you and the Company to evaluate whether or not you are right for the position. Your status as an at-will employee does not change- the employment relationship may be terminated with or without cause and with or without advance notice, at any time by you or the Company. 

2.7 Personnel Records and Employee References. 

The Company maintains a personnel file and payroll records for each employee as required by law. Personnel files and payroll records are the property of the Company and may not be removed from Company premises without written authorization. Because personnel files and payroll records are confidential, access to the records is restricted. Generally, only those who have a legitimate reason to review information in an employee's file are allowed to do so. Disclosure of personnel information to outside sources will be limited. However, the Company will cooperate with requests from authorized law enforcement or local, state, or federal agencies conducting official investigations and as otherwise legally required. 

Employees may contact a Human Resources representative to request a time to review their payroll records and/or personnel file. With reasonable advance notice, an employee may review his or her own records in the Company's offices during regular business hours and in the presence of an individual appointed by the Company to maintain the records. You also have the right to obtain a copy of your personnel files, but you may be required to pay for any such copies. You may add your comments to any disputed item in the file. 

By policy, the Company will provide only the former or present employee's dates of employment and position(s) held with the Company. Compensation information may also be verified if written authorization is provided by the employee. 

2.8 Privacy. 

The Company is respectful of employee privacy. All employee demographic and personal information will be shared only as required in the normal course of business. Healthcare enrollment information is kept in a separate folder from other human resources forms. Workers' Compensation information is not considered private healthcare information; however, this information will be released only on a need-to-know basis. 

The Company does not make or receive any private healthcare information through the course of normal work. If any employee voluntarily shares private healthcare information with a member of management, this information will be kept confidential. If applicable, the Company will set up guidelines for employees and management to follow to ensure that company employees conform to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

2.9 Immigration Law Compliance. 

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, each new employee, as a condition of employment, must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 on the date of hire and present documentation establishing identity and employment eligibility within three business days of date of hire. Former employees who are rehired must also complete an I-9 form if they have not completed an I-9 form with the Company within the past three years, or if their previous I-9 form is no longer retained or valid. You may raise questions or complaints about immigration law compliance without fear of reprisal. 

2.10 Political Neutrality. 

Maintenance of individual freedom and our political institutions necessitates broad scale participation by citizens concerning the selection, nomination and election of our public office holders. The Company will not discriminate against any employee because of identification with and support of any lawful political activity. Company employees are entitled to their own personal political position. The Company will not discriminate against employees based on their lawful political activity engaged in outside of work. If you are engaging in political activity, however, you should always make it clear that your actions and opinions are your own and not necessarily those of the Company, and that you are not representing the Company. 

Section 3 Hours of Work and Payroll Practices 

3.1 Pay Periods and Paydays. 

Employees are paid on a weekly basis. All employees will be paid on Monday of each week. All employees are paid by check or direct deposit on the above-mentioned payday. If the regular payday falls on a weekend or Company holiday, employees will be paid on the last business day before the holiday and/or weekend. The pay period runs from Sunday through Saturday.

3.2 Overtime. 

Nonexempt employees will be paid in accordance with federal and California state law. 

In California, with some exceptions, the standard work week for employees should not exceed 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week. Should the Company find it necessary to employ an employee in excess of these standards, overtime hours shall be compensated at the rate of one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of eight hours up to and including 12 hours in any workday, and for the first eight hours worked on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek; and double the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 12 hours in any workday and for all hours worked in excess of eight on the seventh consecutive day of work in a workweek. 

All overtime work by non-exempt employees must be authorized in advance by their manager. Only hours actually worked will be used to calculate overtime pay. 

3.3 Rest and Meal Periods. 

All rest and meal periods will be in accordance with California state law. It is the employees responsibility to take their assigned breaks.

Nonexempt employees will be provided a 10-minute rest break for every four-hour period of work. This time is counted and paid as time worked. Employees scheduled to work more than a five-hour period will be provided a 30-minute unpaid meal period. Non-exempt employees who work six hours may waive their unpaid meal break. Non-exempt employees working more than ten hours are entitled to a second unpaid meal period, except that if the time worked does not exceed twelve hours, the second unpaid meal period may be waived by mutual consent between the employee and his/her manager. Reasonable break time will be provided to breast-feed an infant or to express breast milk. Time is counted as paid if taken concurrent with other break time, otherwise, time is counted as unpaid. 

3.4 Time Cards. 

Nonexempt employees are required to keep an accurate and complete record of their attendance and hours worked. It is the employee’s responsibility to maintain their timecards and inform management of any inaccuracies. Time cards are official business records and may not be altered without the employee's supervisor's approval and may not be falsified in any way. For reporting time pay guides please visit:

3.5 Payroll Deductions. 

Various payroll deductions are made each payday to comply with federal and state laws pertaining to taxes and insurance. Deductions will be made for the following: Federal and State Income Tax Withholding, Social Security, Medicare, State Disability Insurance & Family Temporary Disability Insurance, and other items designated by you or required by law (including a valid court order). You can adjust your federal and state income tax withholding by completing the proper federal or state form and submitting it to Accounting or Human Resources. At the start of each calendar year, you will be supplied with your Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) form for the prior year. This statement summarizes your income and deductions for the year. 

3.6 Wage Garnishment. 

A garnishment is a court order requiring an employer to remit part of an employee's wages to a third party to satisfy a just debt. Once the Company receives the legal papers ordering a garnishment, we are required by law to continue making deductions from your check until we have withheld the full amount or until we receive legal papers from the court to stop the garnishment. Even if you have already paid the debt, we still need the legal papers to stop the garnishment. 

3.7 Direct Deposit. 

All employees are encouraged, but not required, to use direct deposit and have their paychecks deposited into a bank account of an accredited participating bank or credit union. 

Section 4 Standards of Conduct and Employee Performance 

4.1 Anti- Harassment and Discrimination. 

The Company is committed to providing a work environment free of sexual or any form of unlawful harassment or discrimination. Harassment or unlawful discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status or any other classification protected by local, state or federal laws is illegal and prohibited by Company policy. Such conduct by or towards any employee, contract worker, customer, vendor or anyone else who does business with the Company will not be tolerated. Any employee or contract worker who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of his or her employment or engagement. To the extent a customer, vendor or other person with whom the Company does business engages in unlawful harassment or discrimination, the Company will take appropriate corrective action. 

Prohibited Conduct: 

Prohibited harassment or discrimination includes any verbal, physical or visual conduct based on sex, race, age, national origin, disability or any other legally protected basis if: 

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or engagement; 

  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions concerning that individual's employment or engagement; or 

  • it creates a hostile or offensive work environment. 

Prohibited harassment includes (but is not limited to) unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and lewd, vulgar or obscene remarks, jokes, posters or cartoons, and any unwelcome touching, pinching or other physical contact. Other forms of unlawful harassment or discrimination may include racial epithets, slurs and derogatory remarks, stereotypes, jokes, posters or cartoons based on race, national origin, age, disability, marital status or other legally protected categories. Prohibited harassment might also be transmitted using the Company's electronic communications system, or through other on-line conduct. 

Complaint Procedure: 

Employees or contract workers who feel that they have been harassed or discriminated against, or who witness any harassment or discrimination by an employee, contract worker, customer, vendor or anyone else who does business with the Company, should immediately report such conduct to their supervisor or any other member of management. 

Do not allow an inappropriate situation to continue by not reporting it, regardless of who is creating the situation. No employee, contract worker, customer, vendor or other person who does business with this organization is exempt from the prohibitions in this policy. In response to every complaint, the Company will conduct an investigation which may involve interviewing witnesses if warranted and, if improper conduct is found, take appropriate corrective action. 

To the extent that an employee or contract worker is not satisfied with the Company's handling of a harassment or discrimination complaint, he or she may also contact the appropriate state or federal enforcement agency for legal relief. 

4.2 Attendance. 

Punctuality and regular attendance are essential to the successful operation of the Company's business. If an employee is unable to report to work (or to report to work on time) for any reason, the employee must notify his or her supervisor before his or her starting time. If an employee desires to leave work for any reason during the workday, the employee must obtain the approval of his or her supervisor prior to leaving. In the event that the employee fails to call his or her supervisor or report for work for 3 consecutive workdays, the employee will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from his or her employment with the Company and will be removed from the payroll. Excessive absenteeism or tardiness may subject the employee to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Given the nature of massage therapy, therapists should expect to arrive at work no less than 15 minutes prior to the beginning of their first service. 

4.3 Discipline and Standards of Conduct. 

As an at-will employer, the Company may impose discipline whenever it determines it is necessary or appropriate. Discipline may take various forms, including verbal counseling, written warnings, suspension, demotion, transfer, reassignment or termination. The discipline imposed will depend on the circumstances of each case; therefore, discipline will not necessarily be imposed in any particular sequence. Moreover, at any time the Company determines it is appropriate, an employee may be terminated immediately. 

Every organization must have certain standards of conduct to guide the behavior of employees. Although there is no possible way to identify every rule of conduct, the following is an illustrative list (not intended to be comprehensive or to limit the Company's right to impose discipline for any other conduct it deems inappropriate). Keep in mind that these standards of conduct apply to all employees whenever they are on Company property and/or conducting Company business (on or off Company property). Engaging in any conduct the Company deems inappropriate may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. 

  • Dishonesty; 

  • Falsification of Company records; 

  • Unauthorized use or possession of property that belongs to the Company, a coworker, or of the public; 

  • Possession or control of illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, or other dangerous or unauthorized materials; 

  • Fighting, engaging in threats of violence or violence, use of vulgar or abusive language, horseplay, practical jokes or other disorderly conduct that may endanger others or damage property; 

  • Insubordination, failure to perform assigned duties or failure to comply with the Company's health, safety or other rules; 

g. Unauthorized or careless use of the Company's materials, equipment or property; 

  • Unauthorized and/or excessive absenteeism or tardiness; 

  • Lack of teamwork, poor communication, unsatisfactory performance, unprofessional conduct, or conduct improper for the workplace; 

  • Sexual or other illegal harassment or discrimination; 

  • Unauthorized use or disclosure of the Company's confidential information; 

  • Violation of any Company policy. 

4.4 Dress Code. 

The Company may provide uniforms or directions on appropriate attire. Additionally, professional attire in subdued tones without excessive slogans, logos, or distracting elements that cover the: shoulders, midsection, breasts, and knees is required at all times when on site. No visible cleavage, nor visible undergarments - directly or by impression (such as: socks, underwear, bras, etc.) will ever be permitted. Closed toes shoes must be worn outside of the treatment room; Please no tennis shoes or flip flops. Therapists may remove their shoes during services only with management approval. Meticulous personal hygiene is required while interacting with clients. Breathe/skin must not carry offensive odors. Finger nails must be clean and trimmed short. Hair must be kept off shoulders and face while interacting with clients. The employee may be requested to change attire or improve hygiene before returning to work. Failure to comply with the dress code may result in lost work time; The company is not financially responsible for work time lost due to employee dress code violations. 

4.5 Safety. 

The Company is committed to providing a safe workplace. Accordingly, the Company emphasizes "safety first." It is the employee's responsibility to take steps to promote safety in the workplace and work in a safe manner. By remaining safety conscious, employees can protect themselves and their coworkers. Employees are expected to promptly report all unsafe working conditions, accidents and injuries, regardless of how minor so that any potential hazards can be corrected. If a client appears dangerous they should be asked to leave immediately, regardless if the client has paid for or received their service. If an employee ever feels unsafe during a massage session, they will end the session immediately and report the incident to the receptionist and management.

4.6 Substance and Abuse. 

The Company is committed to providing its employees with a safe and productive work environment. In keeping with this commitment, it maintains a strict policy against the use of alcohol and the unlawful use of drugs in the workplace. Consequently, no employee may consume or possess alcohol, or use, possess, sell, purchase or transfer illegal drugs at any time while on the Company's premises or while using the Company vehicles or equipment, or at any location during work time. 

No employee may report to work with illegal drugs (or their metabolites) or alcohol in his or her bodily system. The only exception to this rule is that employees may engage in moderate consumption of alcohol that may be served and/or consumed as part of an authorized Company social or business event. "Illegal drug" means any drug that is not legally obtainable or that is legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained. It includes prescription drugs not being used for prescribed purposes or by the person to whom it is prescribed or in prescribed amounts. It also includes any substance a person holds out to another as an illegal drug. 

Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. 

Any employee who feels he or she has developed an addiction to, dependence upon, or problem with alcohol or drugs, legal or illegal, is strongly encouraged to seek assistance before a violation of this policy occurs. Any employee who requests time off to participate in a rehabilitation program will be reasonably accommodated. However, employees may not avoid disciplinary action, up to and including termination, by entering a rehabilitation program after a violation of this policy is suspected or discovered. 

4.7 Workplace Searches. 

All offices, desks, file drawers, cabinets, lockers, Company vehicles, and other Company equipment (including but not limited to computers, e-mail and voice mail) and facilities or any area on Company premises are the property of the Company ("Company Property") and are intended for business use. Employees should have no expectation of privacy with respect to Company property and/or items stored within Company Property or on Company premises. Inspection may be conducted at any time, without notice, at the discretion of the Company. 

In addition, when the Company deems appropriate, employees may be required to submit to searches of their personal vehicles, parcels, purses, handbags, backpacks, brief cases, lunch boxes or any other possessions or articles brought on to the Company's premises. 

Persons entering the premises who refuse to cooperate in an inspection conducted pursuant to this policy may not be permitted to enter the premises. All employees must cooperate in an inspection; failure to do so is insubordination and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination. 

4.8 Internet, Email and Computer Use Policy. 

The Company uses various forms of electronic communication including, but not limited to: computers, email, telephones, voicemail, instant message, text message, Internet, cell phones and smart phones (hereafter referred to as "electronic communications"). The electronic communications, including all software, databases, hardware, and digital files, remain the sole property of the Company and are to be used only for Company business and not for personal use. 

The following rules apply to all forms of electronic communications and media that are: (1) accessed on or from Company premises; (2) accessed using the Company computer or telecommunications equipment, or via Company-paid access methods; and/or (3) used in a manner which identifies the Company. The following list is not exhaustive, and the Company may implement additional rules from time to time. 

  • Electronic communication and media may not be used in any manner that would be discriminatory, harassing, or obscene, or for any other purpose that is illegal, against Company policy, or not in the best interest of the Company. Employees who misuse electronic communications and engage in defamation, copyright or trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, or related actions will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination. Employees may not install personal software on Company computer systems. 

  • Employee's own electronic media may only be used during breaks. All other company policies, including the Company's no tolerance for discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the workplace apply. 

  • All electronic information created by any employee on Company premises or transmitted to Company property using any means of electronic communication is the property of the Company and remains the property of the Company. You should not assume that any electronic communications are private or confidential and should transmit personal sensitive information in other ways. Personal passwords may be used for purposes of security, but the use of a personal password does not affect the Company's ownership of the electronic information. The Company will override all personal passwords if necessary for any reason. 

  • The Company reserves the right to access and review electronic files, messages, internet use, blogs, "tweets", instant messages, text messages, email, voice mail, and other digital archives, and to monitor the use of electronic communications as necessary to ensure that no misuse or violation of Company policy or any law occurs. All such information may be used and/or disclosed to others, in accordance with business needs and the law. The Company reserves the right to keep a record of all passwords and codes used and/or may be able to override any such password system 

e. Employees are not permitted to access the electronic communications of other employees or third parties unless directed to do so by Company management. No employee may install or use anonymous e-mail transmission programs or encryption of e-mail communications. 

  • Employees who use devices on which information may be received and/or stored, including but not limited to cell phones, cordless phones, portable computers, fax machines, and voice mail communications are required to use these methods in strict compliance with the Confidentiality section of this Handbook. These communications tools should not be used for communicating confidential or sensitive information or any trade secrets. 

  • Access to the Internet, websites, and other types of Company-paid computer access are to be used for Company-related business only. Any information about Massage Science, inc. dba North Park Massage, its products or services, or other types of information that will appear in the electronic media about the Company must be approved before the information is placed on any electronic information resource that is accessible to others. 

4.9 Social Media Policy. 

Massage Science, Inc. is committed to utilizing social media to enhance its profile and reputation, to listen and respond to customer opinions and feedback, and to drive revenue, loyalty and advocacy. We encourage employees to support our activities through their personal social networking channels while adhering to the guidelines outlined in this section. 

For the purpose of this section, social media and networking refers to the use of web-based and mobile applications for social interaction and the exchange of user-generated content. Social media channels can include, but are not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, blogs, review sites, forums, online communities and any similar online platforms. 

Employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to respect the views and opinions of others. The Company and its employees are committed to conducting ourselves in accordance with best industry practices in social networking, to being responsible citizens and community members, to listening and responding to feedback, and to communicating in a courteous and professional manner. Behavior and content that may be deemed disrespectful, dishonest, offensive, harassing or damaging to the company's interests or reputation are not permitted. The use of social media channels on company time for personal purposes is not allowed. 

Any social media contacts, including "followers" or "friends," that are acquired through accounts (including but not limited to email addresses, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, or other social media networks) created on behalf of the Company will be the property of the Company. 

Employees must not disclose private or confidential information about the Company, its 

employees, clients, suppliers or customers on social networks. Employees must respect trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property and proprietary information. No third-party content should be published without prior permission from the owner. 

The Company maintains the right to monitor company-related employee activity in social networks. Violation of policy guidelines is grounds for discipline, up to and including termination. 

4.10 Cell Phone Policy. 

The use of personal cell phones at work is discouraged because it can interfere with work and be disruptive to others. Therefore, employees who bring personal cell phones to work are required to keep the ringer shut off or placed on vibrate mode when they are in the office, and to keep cell phone use confined to breaks and meal periods. Conversations should be had away from areas where other employees are working. When cell phone use interferes with the satisfactory performance of an employee's duties or disturbs others, the privilege of using a personal cell phone at work may be taken away and other disciplinary action, up to and including termination, may be imposed. 

The Company may provide cell phone allowances to employees in certain positions in an effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness. When cell phones are used for Company business, employees must comply with all Company policies governing conduct, including our policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and violence in the workplace. When using the cell phone in a public place, please remember to maintain the confidentiality of any private or confidential business information. As a courtesy to others, please shut cell phones off or place on vibrate mode during meetings. 

4.11 General Duties and Responsibilities 

Employees are generally required to fulfill their respective duties without direct supervision. The employee handbook should be reviewed for answers to common questions and management should be contacted if clarification is needed. All employees are excepted to participate in the duties required for the clinic to run smoothly, even if that duty is not directly specified in this handbook. Ideally, employees will independently and collectively solve problems, maintain workplace cleanliness, uphold company policies and values, and inform management of anything that needs improvement. The above duties and responsibilities are not exhaustive and only serve as an example. Other duties may be necessary, whether or not the employee is notified in writing. It is the employee’s responsibility to contact management with any questions. 

4.12 Reviews 

Employees will be reviewed as deemed necessary by management. Reviews will be scheduled during the employee’s regular shift hours, unless arranged otherwise. A summary note will be made in the employee file after each review meeting.

Section 5 Employee Benefits and Services 

5.1 Generally. 

Aside from those benefits required by state and federal regulations, Massage Science, Inc. may offer additional benefits for its employees. From time to time, benefits may be added or deleted from the benefits package. The Company reserves the right to make such changes. 

This Handbook does not contain the complete terms and/or conditions of any of the Company's current benefit plans. It is intended only to provide general explanations. For information regarding employee benefits and services, employees should contact management. 

5.2 Worker's Compensation. 

All states have Workers' Compensation laws whose purpose is to promote the general welfare of people by providing compensation for accidental injuries or death suffered in the course of employment. These laws are designed to provide protection to workers suffering occupational disabilities through accidents arising out of, and in the course of employment. Massage Science, Inc. dba North Park Massage carries Workers' Compensation Insurance for all employees and pays the entire cost of the insurance program. An employee who suffers an injury or illness in connection with the job is usually eligible to receive payment through the insurance company for lost wages. In addition to disability payments, necessary hospital, medical and surgical expenses are covered under Workers' Compensation, with payments being made directly to the hospital or physician. Workers' Compensation benefits to injured workers also include assistance to help qualified injured employees return to suitable employment. 

5.3 Social Security Benefits (FICA). 

During your employment, you and the Company both contribute funds to the Federal government to support the Social Security Program. This program is intended to provide you with retirement benefit payments and medical coverage once you reach retirement age. 

5.4 Unemployment Insurance. 

The company pays a state and federal tax to provide employees with unemployment insurance coverage in the event they become unemployed through no fault of their own or due to circumstances described by law. This insurance is administered by applicable state agencies, who determine eligibility for benefits, the amount of benefits (if any), and duration of benefits. 

5.5 Discounts and Trades

Employees receive 20% off retail, 70% off massages, and may set up free trades with other employees. Office, admin, and support staff receive 1 free 60 minute massage each month.

Section 6 Employee Leaves of Absence and Time Off 

6.1 Generally. 

While regular attendance is crucial to maintain business operations, the Company recognizes that, for a variety of reasons, employees may need time off from work. The Company has available a number of types of leaves of absence. Some are governed by law and others are discretionary. For all planned leaves, however, employees must submit a request at least 14 days in advance; in case of emergencies, employees should submit the request as soon as they become aware of the need for leave. All leaves must have the approval of Company management. If, during a leave, an employee accepts another job, engages in other employment or consulting outside of the Company, or applies for unemployment insurance benefits, the employee may be considered to have voluntarily resigned from employment with the Company. 

All requests for a leave of absence will be considered in light of their effect on the Company and its work requirements, as determined by Company management, which reserves the right to approve or deny such requests in its sole discretion, unless otherwise required by law. For disability-related leave requests, the Company will engage in an interactive process with the employee to determine if a leave is the most appropriate accommodation. The employee must provide a certification from his or her health care provider to the Company to support a leave for medical reasons. Failure to provide the required certification to the Company in a timely manner will result in delay or denial of leave. If an employee requires an extension of leave, the employee must request such extension, and have it approved before the expiration of the currently approved leave. 

While the Company will make a reasonable effort to return the employee to his or her former position or a comparable position following an approved leave of absence, there is no guarantee that the employee will be reinstated to his or her position, or any position, except as required by law. 

6.2 Sick Days. 

Eligible employees are entitled to three paid sick days per year. Sick days' pay for regular full-time employees will be calculated based on the employee's base pay rate times the number of hours the employee would otherwise have worked on that day. Regular part-time employees will be paid on a pro-rata basis. When employees eligible for paid sick days do not take the full amount of sick time they could have taken in a year, that amount will roll over into the next year, and any remaining balance will be paid out at the end of their employment contract.

6.3 Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act. 


An employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment is entitled to paid sick leave. 

Paid sick leave accrues at the rate of one hour per every 30 hours worked, paid at the employee's regular wage rate. Accrual shall begin on the first day of employment or July 1, 2015, whichever is later. 

Accrued paid sick leave shall carry over to the following year of employment and may be capped at 48 hours or 6 days. However, subject to specified conditions, if an employer has a paid sick leave, paid leave or paid time off policy (PTO) that provides no less than 24 hours or three days of paid leave or paid time off, no accrual or carry over is required if the full amount of leave is received at the beginning of each year in accordance with the policy. 


An employee may use accrued paid sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment. 

An employee may request paid sick days in writing or verbally. An employee cannot be required to find a replacement as a condition for using paid sick days. 

An employer shall provide paid sick days upon the oral or written request of an employee for themselves or a family member for the diagnosis, care or treatment of an existing health condition or preventive care, or specified purposes for an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 

An employer may limit the use of paid sick days to 24 hours or three days in each year of employment. 

Retaliation or discrimination against an employee who requests paid sick days or uses paid sick days, or both is prohibited. An employee can file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner against an employer who retaliates or discriminates against the employee. 

For additional information you may contact your employer or the local office of the Labor Commissioner. Locate the office by looking at the list of offices on the website using the alphabetical listing of cities, locations, and communities. Staff is available in person and by telephone. 

6.4 Family and Medical Leave. 

Because of the Company's small size, we are not required to comply with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"). However, we recognize that our employees may occasionally need to take unpaid leave to care for a new child, to care for a seriously ill family member, to handle an employee's own medical issues, or to handle issues relating to a family member's military service, possibly including caring for a family member who is injured while serving in the military. 

If you anticipate that you might need time off to deal with family and medical issues, please speak with your supervisor. We will seriously consider every request on a case-by-case basis. 

6.5 Workers' Compensation Leave. 

Any employee who is unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness and who is eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits will be provided an unpaid leave for the period required. The first 12 weeks will be treated concurrently as a family and medical leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") for employees eligible for FMLA leave. 

6.6 Jury Duty. 

U.S. citizens have a civic obligation to provide jury duty service when called. 

By state law, employees can use vacation, personal leave, or comp time to cover time they are out for jury duty. 

The employee must bring in the jury duty notice as soon as it is received so that appropriate arrangements can be made to cover his or her duties. Employees are required to call in or report for work on those days or parts of days when their presence in court is not required. 

6.7 Voting Time. 

Employees who are registered voters and who lack sufficient time outside of work to vote in any local, state, and national election may take up to two hours off work with pay at the beginning or end of the day for this purpose. Employees should provide at least two working days' notice when time off is required. 

Section 7

At-Will Employment Agreement and Acknowledgement of Receipt of Employee Handbook 

I acknowledge that I have been provided with a copy of the Massage Science, Inc. (the "Company") Employee Handbook, which contains important information on the Company's policies, procedures and benefits, including the policies on Anti- Harassment/Discrimination, Substance Use and Abuse and Confidentiality. I understand that I am responsible for familiarizing myself with the policies in this handbook and agree to comply with all rules applicable to me. 

I understand and agree that the policies described in the handbook are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a contract of employment. I specifically understand and agree that the employment relationship between the Company and me is at-will and can be terminated by the Company or me at any time, with or without cause or notice. Furthermore, the Company has the right to modify or alter my position or impose any form of discipline it deems appropriate at any time. Nothing in this handbook is intended to modify the Company's policy of at-will employment. The at-will employment relationship may not be modified except by a specific written agreement signed by me and an authorized representative of the Company. This is the entire agreement between the Company and me regarding this subject. All prior or contemporaneous inconsistent agreements are superseded. 

I understand that the Company reserves the right to make changes to its policies, procedures or benefits at any time at its discretion. However, the at-will employment agreement can be modified only in the manner specified above. I further understand that the Company reserves the right to interpret its policies or to vary its procedures as it deems necessary or appropriate. 

I have received the Company Employee Handbook. I have read (or will read) and agree to abide by the policies and procedures contained in the Handbook. 

Section 8 FAQ

Q. Whats my schedule?

A. Please check Meevo. It’s your job to ensure your schedule is accurate.

Q. Do I have to show up if I’m not booked?

A. Yes - unless otherwise notified by management. See section 4.2 for rules.

Q. If I’m not booked can I leave early?

A. No - unless otherwise notified by management. See section 4.2 for rules.

Q. How do I change my schedule?

A. Message Danielle on Slack

Q. How do I take breaks?

A. See section 3.3 for break rules. Check meevo for assigned breaks. If you need a break and you don’t have one tell the receptionist.

Q. What if I forgot to clock in or clock out?

A. Make a note of the correction you need in the Slack “time card adjustments” channel.

Q. How do I take a day off?

A. Post a message in the Slack “mt shifts available” channel. If you can work out coverage then tag @Danielle once its settled. You are expected to find your own coverage or “make up” a similar shift within 30 days.

Q. How do I use PTO?

A. Request it in the Slack “payroll” channel. Your PTO bank is listed on your paystub which is emailed to you. See section 6.3 for rules.

Q. How is my pay calculated?

A. All staff will be paid current minimum for every hour they are on the clock. Additional pay is determined in your contract. Please ask your manager for clarification and see section 3 for more info.

Q. What if there is a service I don’t want to do?

A. Talk to Linda. We’ll never assign you a service that you are not approved to do.

Q. Where can I find service protocols?

A. Ask the manager for our protocol notebook, or search in Slack.

Q. What if I get an inappropriate client?

A. Leave the room immediately and tell the front desk!

Q. What do I do when I’m not booked?

A. If you’re not booked then the front desk may allow you to stay on the clock, if so then you’ll be assigned tasks by the front desk. The front desk may also send you on a break or send you home. See section 3.4 for reporting time pay rules.

Q. Do I have to use the intake form?

A. Yes - the intake form will save you time and ensure you cover all the important info!

Q. Do I have to take SOAP notes?

A. Yes - you may take notes during schedule gaps or at the end of each shift as long as you don’t go more than 15 minutes past your scheduled end time.

Q. Do I have to use Slack?

A. Yes - and you must check it often. Slack is our official channel for work communications. You will not receive notices or updates via email, phone, or text.

Q. Is there a uniform?

A. We have a work shirt. You’ll receive 2 after you’re hired. Pants and shoes are up to you as long as they are clean and professional. You may be barefoot during a massage, but shoes are required outside of the massage room. Nails must be short and clean. Hair must be off the face and shoulders. Makeup if worn should be neutral. Breathe and body oder should not be noticeable. Personal hygiene is of great importance in massage so you may be asked to tidy-up before being allowed to work. See section 4.4 for rules.

Section 9 Make an anonymous complaint

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