Q. I have a question about deducting leave for salaried staff. I don’t understand how we can deduct from employees’ paid-leave bank when they are gone for an hour or two during the day, when we don’t pay them anything extra when they work 50 hours in a week. For example, if an employee works 10-hour days on a regular basis, is it OK to charge her vacation time when she leaves an hour or two early? — J.H., Minnesota
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Sometimes, what seems like a minor injury is exaggerated by employees who want to collect permanent workers’ compensation benefits. But there’s good news for employers. The Georgia Court of Appeals has clarified whose job it is to prove that disability ...
Q. In determining when to pay for travel time, what if an employee drives his own car to a seminar that's two hours away? Should he get paid for his driving time to and from the seminar, even if he leaves from home and drives straight home afterward? —R.M., North Carolina
Q. We have an employee who submitted a dated, signed resignation letter but then changed her mind and wanted the letter back. She was not a good employee, but we let her rescind the letter because we thought we'd be on shaky legal ground. Could we have held her to it? —M.L., Ohio
Q. We have mechanics who work on a straight commission basis. Do we need to track their hours? —E.D., Nevada
Q. We own a chain of restaurants. It has been a challenge for us to complete all of the I-9 forms and keep up with reverification of expired work authorizations. Is it legal for us to hire a company to handle these tasks for us? —A.M., Tennessee
It's enough to give employers a case of whiplash. First, Pennsylvania courts said corporate employers couldn't hire nonlawyers to help them at unemployment compensations hearings. Then the legislature reversed course, passing a law that OK'd nonlawyer representation. That should have been the end of the issue, but not yet ...
Premiums are still increasing for HMOs and PPOs, but those increases are slowing down, says a new survey by health care consultant Milliman ...
Q. I’m confused about when we can require physical exams or treatment. We now make employees undergo a fitness-for-duty exam when we think there is a physical or psychological reason that impairs the employee’s ability to perform the job. We also use last-chance agreements requiring medical treatment for an employee to earn reinstatement after a discharge, such as for alcohol or drug abuse. Are we courting trouble? —D.J., Michigan
Q. Can our company require an independent contractor to wear a specific uniform? And can we stipulate that the contractor buy the uniform through us? —A.C., California