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Andrew Volin

Must we offer severance pay?

11/06/2008

Q. We just let go of a new hire after only three months on the job because her performance was not up to our standards. Do we have to provide two weeks’ notice or severance pay?

When a new employee brings competitor information, are we at risk?

11/06/2008

Q. We just hired a salesperson from a competitor. We warned her not to take proprietary information from her former employer, but she says what is on her personal laptop is her information. Is there any risk for us from that laptop?

New ADA amendments law expands employee disability rights

11/06/2008

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, employers with 15 or more employees have a new set of ADA rules to contend with. President Bush signed off on a law significantly amending the ADA in September, greatly changing how employers must handle disabled applicants and employees.

How does the Colorado Civil Rights Division’s appeal process work?

11/06/2008

Q. We recently prevailed before the CCRD, which conducted an extensive investigation into a charge of discrimination. Now our former employee has filed an agency appeal. What will happen next?

How should we respond when one of our customers acts strangely?

11/06/2008

Q. Several female employees have reported that a male supervisor with one of our clients sends them strange e-mails. They are vaguely sexual and implore our employees to quit and to join his employer. The women think the sender is weird and have told him to stop, but he continues to send them messages. Is this a problem for my business?

What should we do once an employee exhausts FMLA leave?

11/06/2008

Q. We are a large company and are dealing with a situation with a sick store manager. He has used up all his FMLA leave and is still not able to return to work. Can we safely terminate his employment now?

Is paying a daily wage risky?

11/06/2008

Q. In our industry, there is a historical practice to pay field workers a daily wage, which compensates them for all hours worked. Now we understand that class actions are being used in the wage-and-hour area to fight such practices. Is this practice a good idea in light of class-action suits?

Nov. 4 ballot initiatives may change Colorado employment law

10/07/2008

November’s election has special implications for Colorado employers because a number of ballot issues involve employment law. The ballot features dueling initiatives: four measures brought by organized labor in response to three measures sponsored by business interests …

Can I fire employees who may soon become competitors?

10/07/2008

Q. I just learned from a reliable source that two employees are going to start a similar business. Apparently, they have submitted paperwork that is based on the forms I used to create my own business. Is this grounds for termination? …

What should I do when fraud allegations surface?

10/07/2008

Q. A former employee is circulating a rumor that there has been some kind of fraud taking place at my business. What should I do? …