Andrew Volin

Q. We just hired a salesperson from a competitor. We warned her not to take proprietary information from her former employer, but she says what is on her personal laptop is her information. Is there any risk for us from that laptop?

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Q. In our industry, there is a historical practice to pay field workers a daily wage, which compensates them for all hours worked. Now we understand that class actions are being used in the wage-and-hour area to fight such practices. Is this practice a good idea in light of class-action suits?

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Q. Several female employees have reported that a male supervisor with one of our clients sends them strange e-mails. They are vaguely sexual and implore our employees to quit and to join his employer. The women think the sender is weird and have told him to stop, but he continues to send them messages. Is this a problem for my business?

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Q. We just let go of a new hire after only three months on the job because her performance was not up to our standards. Do we have to provide two weeks’ notice or severance pay?

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Effective Jan. 1, 2009, employers with 15 or more employees have a new set of ADA rules to contend with. President Bush signed off on a law significantly amending the ADA in September, greatly changing how employers must handle disabled applicants and employees.

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Q. We are a large company and are dealing with a situation with a sick store manager. He has used up all his FMLA leave and is still not able to return to work. Can we safely terminate his employment now?

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Q. We recently prevailed before the CCRD, which conducted an extensive investigation into a charge of discrimination. Now our former employee has filed an agency appeal. What will happen next?

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Q. I keep hearing about wage-and-hour class actions, where workers claim they were not paid properly because they were misclassified as exempt, not paid for all hours or not paid the correct overtime rate. What can I do to minimize this risk? …

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Q. My company deducts 30 minutes from each day’s recorded time for employees’ meal periods. Is this proper? …

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Q. A former employee is circulating a rumor that there has been some kind of fraud taking place at my business. What should I do? …

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