Ask the Lawyer, JOINTLY LIABLE?

JOINTLY LIABLE? DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSES NEW ‘JOINT EMPLOYER’ TEST QUESTION: I am a manager at a business that regularly hires workers through a staffing agency to work on projects, alongside our direct employees. One of the staffing agency workers recently sued the staffing agency – and our company – for violating overtime laws. While we supervise the staffing agency

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Ask The Lawyer, WAS BOSS RIGHT TO FIRE HER?

SEPARATION ANXIETY KEEPS NEW MOM AT HOME – WAS BOSS RIGHT TO FIRE HER? QUESTION:  When my baby was born last year, I took 12 weeks of leave to bond with her. When it was time to return to work, I found I could not bear to be away from my little girl for more than a few hours: The

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Ask The Lawyer, Am I paying her enough?

LOW-LEVEL MANAGERS MAY GET SALARY BUMP UNDER DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSAL QUESTION: Back in 2016, before the presidential election, I read a lot about a higher minimum salary for managers. Then nothing happened. Last year I increased the salary I pay the manager of a boutique I own to $34,000 a year. Am I paying her enough? ANSWER: Under current

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Ask The Lawyer, 10-HOUR DAY? TOO BAD! NO OVERTIME PAY REQUIRED

10-HOUR DAY? TOO BAD! NO OVERTIME PAY REQUIRED QUESTION: A few weeks ago I took a Monday off as a paid personal day, and then worked four ten-hour days to make up for the work I had missed. I thought I’d get some over time, since I worked over my regular schedule all week, but the boss says no. ANSWER:

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Ask The Lawyer, CAN EMPLOYER ASK ABOUT CRIMINAL CONVICTION?

CAN EMPLOYER ASK ABOUT CRIMINAL CONVICTION? QUESTION: I heard that Gov. Snyder signed a “ban the box” law last year, forbidding employers from asking job applicants about their criminal history. Does this mean I won’t be able to know if the candidate I hired is a felon? ANSWER: The executive directive, issued by former Gov. Rick Snyder last September, applies

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Ask The Lawyer, “Love Contracts?”

“LOVE CONTRACTS” PUBLICIZE YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AT WORK – AND RAISE MANY QUESTIONS By Daniel A. Gwinn, GWINN LEGAL PLLC QUESTION: I manage a small bistro. I recently started dating one of our servers. It’s going really well, but the owner told me I need to sign a love contract, stating I am in an “intimate personal relationship” if we

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Ask The Lawyer, ‘MASSAGING’ RESUME COSTS WORKER HIS JOB

‘MASSAGING’ RESUME COSTS WORKER HIS JOB – AND MAYBE $100K TOO! QUESTION: Over a decade ago, when I applied at the company I now work for, I exaggerated my educational background a little bit. I have an associate degree in business; I said I had a bachelor’s degree. I didn’t think a little massaging would be a problem; I had

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Ask The Lawyer, Are we on the hook for his benefits?

ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT FOR WORKER WHO LEFT FOR MEDICAL REASONS? QUESTION: One of my employees was diagnosed with a cancer, and told everyone he would be leaving the company to undergo treatment. Before he left, he asked for three months’ leave – but I told him that we don’t have a leave policy (and we’re not covered by

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Ask The Lawyer,I believe my privacy has been violated.

VIOLATION OF PRIVACY? EMPLOYEE’S GMAIL ACCOUNT ACCESSED BY FORMER BOSS QUESTION: Until recently, I worked at a title company. I frequently replied to personal emails on my personal Gmail account during lunch. When I resigned from the company two weeks ago; I was not allowed to serve out my notice, but was immediately escorted from the premises. I learned later

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