Q&A

Georgia Crime Information Center an invaluable tool for employers

09/01/2007

Q. I’ve heard that the state of Georgia can help me make sure my employees are honest, law-abiding citizens. In conducting background checks on applicants, what sort of information is available from the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC)? ...

Georgia law protects employees' right to 'Day of rest'

09/01/2007

Q. We recently began operating our Georgia production facilities seven days a week. I am familiar with our obligations under Title VII to accommodate the sincerely held religious beliefs of employees, but does Georgia law impose any similar requirements? ...

Travel time normally not payable

09/01/2007

Q. Do I have to pay my employees for travel time? ...

Discipline: Step-by-Step

09/01/2007

Q. What is progressive discipline? ...

The elements of a valid noncompete agreement

09/01/2007

Q. What standards must Pennsylvania employers follow when drafting noncompete agreements? ...

Employee access to personnel files

09/01/2007

Q. Who has the right to view personnel files? ...

Phone privacy: It's your property

09/01/2007

Q. Can employers eavesdrop on their employees’ phone conversations at work, or listen to their voicemail messages in the company voicemail system? ...

The long and short of it: Do different grooming policies equal discrimination?

09/01/2007

Q. We have a company policy requiring male employees to keep their hair cut short. One worker says we can’t force him to cut his hair because we don’t tell female workers to do the same. Is this true? ...

Does grooming policy interfere with religious belief?

09/01/2007

Q. Can we require a job applicant to cut his hair as a condition of employment even if he alleges that his religion forbids him from cutting his hair? ...

Must we deliver final paychecks at termination?

09/01/2007

Q. When one of our employees was fired, he demanded his paycheck on that same day. Are we required to deliver final paychecks to employees the day they quit or are terminated? —D.G. ...

Nondisabled workers earn ADA protection, too

09/01/2007

Q. I know the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives disabled employees special rights. But I read that the law also extends to employees who aren’t disabled. How is that so? —N.L. ...

Are Waivers a Cure-All for Employee Lawsuits?

09/01/2007

Q. Is obtaining a legal release from an employee in exchange for severance pay guaranteed to prevent any legal action by that person? —J.S. ...

How to draft a legal drug testing policy

09/01/2007

Q. I recently read a report that said drug use among employees actually went up in the past decade. We’re considering starting to do drug tests. What should our policy say? —L.U. ...

Quitting without notice, but getting vacation pay?

09/01/2007

Q. Recently, one of my employees quit without giving notice. I was advised that under New York labor law, I have to pay all earned and unused vacation. Is this true? If so, what can I do to prevent this from happening in the future? ...

Shorter vacation for part-Time employee?

09/01/2007

Q. Under New York law, must an employee who works part of the year be paid a prorated vacation? ...