Susan Lessack

Q. We are planning to furlough employees temporarily. If we do rolling furloughs, can employees get unemployment comp to cover some of their time off?

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Q. Can you please clarify if and when we can offer comp time to our employees? What’s the difference between comp time and flextime?

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Q. Our Internet policy says that if we find employees accessing pornographic web sites, they’ll receive a three-day suspension without pay and a mandatory referral to an EAP counselor. Can we require this?

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Q. Some of our admin assistants are good employees, but they’re constantly late. What can we do to get them to come to work on time?

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Q. We have an employee who has blood clots in her legs and whose doctor says she can work only 40 hours per week. She knew overtime was required when she was hired. Do we have to let her work a reduced schedule of just 40 hours?

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Q. We offered a job to an applicant who was located out of state. We orally promised her a position and gave her a start date. As the date grew closer and we were finalizing the offer letter, there was a hiring freeze and we had to withdraw the offer. She has now threatened to sue us. Does she have a case?

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Q. Our company pays quarterly and annual bonuses, depending on the position. If an employee is with us throughout the entire quarter/year, but leaves before we pay out the bonuses, is he still entitled to one? We don’t have a policy stating that you must be employed at the time the bonus is paid.

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Q. Is it illegal for a company to prohibit employees from sharing salary and wage information?

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Q. Can I require an independent contractor to provide weekly sales reports (number of contacts made, closed sales, contracts sent, etc.) without turning our arrangement into an employer/employee relationship?

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Q. One of our employees, who has diabetes, is on the road a lot tending to patients in their homes. We’ve heard that she is having trouble seeing patient charts and difficulty pricking patients’ fingers for tests. What should we do?

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