Susan Lessack

Q. Are employers responsible for fixing an employee’s car if it is involved in an accident while traveling to conduct company business on company time?

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Q. I told an employee who takes lots of FMLA intermittent leave that all his time out of the office (no matter what it was for) would count against his FMLA time. My VP told me I was wrong and that was absolutely not the law. Who is right?

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Q. We offer insurance benefits that begin three months after hire. Due to changing business conditions, we had to terminate an employee after only six months on the job. It seems that the worker wasn’t signed up for the health plan on his termination date. Does he now have any claim to COBRA? …

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Q. We have an employee who has been working from home. We’ve decided we really need someone in the office. Can we terminate her by phone? Or do we have to call her into the office? …

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Q. As an employer, what can I do to avoid unauthorized disclosure of sensitive company information when an employee departs?

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Q. What are some proactive strategies employers can implement to promote a safe workplace? …

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Q. Can an injured worker obtain both workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits at the same time? …

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Q. What questions are off-limits on an employment application or when conducting a job interview? …

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Q. May we require male employees’ hair be a certain length, or is that discrimination? Also, may we prohibit beards? …

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Q. One of our female employees says her ex-boyfriend is stalking her. She hasn’t been able to get a restraining order against him. We’re worried that he may show up and harm her or other workers. Can we fire or suspend her? …

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