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How to Pay Injured Employee for Medical Treatment Time

One of my employees got hurt at work during regular hours, and we sent him to the doctor for treatment. He didn’t finish getting...

Visible Tattoos, Other Dress Code Issues Arise in Warmer Weather

We have a strict no visible tattoos policy as we work with a very conservative population. We hired a new employee recently, and when...

Clearing Confusion About Current COVID-19 Workplace Safety Rules

Each day I see new reports on what the requirements are for wearing masks at work. How do I figure out what my company...

When Can Worker Decline Family Medical Leave? Subject Untested

Our employee went out on workers’ compensation leave this week and will probably be gone a few months. Should we place him on family...

Employers May Cap PTO Accrual If Reasonable Time Frame Given

Our company provides a paid time off (PTO) policy to meet the paid sick leave requirement. The company plans to cap the PTO accrual...

Duration of Written Meal Period Waivers Depends on Your Needs

We have employees working 6-hour shifts who want to waive their meal period and employees who want to waive their second meal period after...

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Applies to Minors

We hired an employee who is 15 years old. Are we required to provide sexual harassment prevention training to him? What if he will...

Premium Pay Penalty Due When Employee Given Late Meal Break

Yesterday our store was very busy, so I could not let my employee leave for a meal break until very late in the day....

Who Pays Cost of Employee COVID Testing or Vaccination?

If I require an employee to go get a COVID test, or to be vaccinated, who pays the costs of testing or vaccination? Do...

Premium Pay on Holidays a Choice for Employers, Not a Requirement

Last month included Memorial Day, and I got a lot of questions from my employees about paying them extra for working on the holiday....

Calculating Federal COVID-19 Paid Leave for Illness, Distance Learning

How much time is an employee entitled to use under federal COVID-19 law if he needs to stay home to supervise distance learning for...

How to Allow Employees to Take Vacation Before Accruing the Time

I want my employees to have 10 days of vacation each year, but I don’t want them to have to wait to use it...

Calculating Baby Bonding Time When Parents Work for Same Employer

I have two employees who are unmarried, but who have had a child together. Both employees have been with my company (which has more...

Payment Rules for Unused Paid Time Off Differ for Vacation, Sick Leave

Does an employer have to pay employees for unused paid time off? It depends upon what kind of paid time off it is. Employers may...

Time Off for ‘School Appearance Leave’ Applies to All Employers

My administrative assistant just came to me and said she had to leave for the day because she got a call from her son’s...

Many Factors to Consider When Employing Unpaid Volunteers

Can a for-profit business make use of unpaid volunteers? It is highly unlikely that a for-profit business can make use of unpaid volunteers; the organization...

Law Requires Advance Warning of Mass Layoffs for Some Employers

We are a small employer. Do we have to provide any advance notice to employees if we are going to lay them off? The answer...