Michael Fox

Q. Is an employer required to pay workers for their unused vacation days when they resign or are terminated?

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Q. Can noncompetition agreements be enforced against at-will employees in Texas?

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Q. Can you give me a rundown on the “card check” law everyone is so afraid will transform labor-management relations?

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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?

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Q. I recently heard that employers must now use a new I-9 form for new employees. Is this true?

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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?

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Q. May an employer include language in its sexual harassment policy imposing discipline on employees who bring false claims of harassment?

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Q. To accommodate out-of-state applicants, we want to conduct medical exams when workers interview on-site for jobs. The test results would be sealed and would be reviewed only if an applicant were offered and accepted a conditional offer of employment. This would reduce the number of trips an applicant would have to make before starting work. Would such an arrangement violate the ADA?

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Q. I am the HR manager of a company with about 350 employees. I have just learned that the company is eliminating one product line and, as a result, there will be a layoff in that department. One of the employees who would be laid off is on FMLA leave. How do I handle this situation? …

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Q. How do we handle an employee who is on an indefinite leave of absence and does not know when he will be able to return to work?

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