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Do you have an employee you think is acting strangely? Do you think she might benefit from counseling? Before you tell her she needs to get help, consider that she just might try to sue you instead. That’s especially true if she refuses counseling and then loses her job.
How can you ensure that the IRS or state authorities won’t challenge the status of workers you call contractors? And how can you avoid being sued by a contractor who claims he’s an employee entitled to benefits? Follow these five steps.
Some North Carolina employers include an arbitration agreement in their employment policies. Such agreements are legal and enforceable if they form a contract. But employers that include arbitration agreements in their employee handbooks may be making a mistake if they also declare that the handbook itself isn’t a contract.
Q. I know we have to provide milk-expression breaks for new moms, and we do. But now a new mother is having her mother bring the baby in twice a day to nurse. These breaks go more than 30 minutes as the baby is passed around, etc. Can we just tell her to express and refrigerate the milk?
When investigating claims of harassment or misconduct, it’s common to ask employees whom you interview to “keep this information confidential.” But a new ruling from the NLRB says that such a blanket confidentiality rule violates employees’ legal rights unless “legitimate and substantial justification exists” for the rule.