Q. For several years, Fridays have been “casual days” for our employees. Beer and wine are served beginning around 4:30 p.m. We hate to stop this practice because our employees seem to enjoy it and there has never been a problem. Should we stop?
Q. I recently fired an employee for performance problems. At the end of the termination meeting, he asked for a copy of his personnel file. Do I have to give discharged employees copies of their personnel files?
Q. One of my employees who recently quit has failed to pay back a personal charge he made on our corporate credit card. Can I simply deduct the amount of the charge from his last paycheck or withhold his final paycheck until he pays for the charge?
Q. Is an employer required to pay workers for their unused vacation days when they resign or are terminated?
Q. Can noncompetition agreements be enforced against at-will employees in Texas?
Q. Can you give me a rundown on the “card check” law everyone is so afraid will transform labor-management relations?
Q. What kind of documentation can an employer request to verify a worker’s contention that he suffers from a learning disability that requires accommodation? Must we pay for the evaluation?
Q. I recently heard that employers must now use a new I-9 form for new employees. Is this true?
Q. Our company just received a citation from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The proposed penalty is only $120. Is it worth getting a lawyer involved, or should we just go ahead and pay the fine?
Q. May an employer include language in its sexual harassment policy imposing discipline on employees who bring false claims of harassment?