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Q. How much time must our company allow an employee to review a severance package before accepting or rejecting the release agreement?

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Move from the Title placeholder to the Content placeholder by using Ctrl+Enter … Press B to put the screen on black when you want the audience to focus on you instead of the screen … Nudge an object just a bit with Ctrl+Arrow …

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Q. During our introductory period, new hires accrue PTO but they can’t use it until after six months. Can we dock an exempt employee’s pay if he wants a vacation day or sick day during this time? Or, after the six-month period, if an exempt employee has exhausted his PTO accrual, can he be docked pay?

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Q. I don’t think our state has any rules on meal or break times for hourly workers. Does federal law require us to give breaks?

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Q. We have a handful of employees who clock in early, (i.e., 5:00 p.m.) but don’t actually start working until their scheduled time (6:00 p.m.). Do we have to pay them when they do this?

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If you write for a multilingual audience whose second language may be English, or if your audience may not possess the vocabulary required to really understand what you’re commu­nicating, it’s a good idea to check the readability statistics for your document.

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Q. We are selling our small business (15 employees). The company buying us won’t be hiring our staff. How many days’ notice is required to notify our employees? Will our employees qualify for unemployment benefits?

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Q. If an error is found on an employee’s I-9 form, can HR request that the employee complete a new form?

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Q. We have an annual off-site company party, with alcohol. We pay for half the hotel room cost if people want to stay over. An alleged harassment event occurred in a hotel room around 2 a.m. What is our potential liability? And do we have to investigate the complaint … ?

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Q. We hired a nonexempt part-time employee, but for several months she’s been working about 40 hours a week. Are we required by law to convert her to full-time status and offer benefits if she averages near 40 hours?

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