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Snow days might not freeze out exempt workers

03/01/2000

Q. Due to recent snowstorms, some employees have not been able to get to work. Can we dock the pay and/or accrued leave of employees who do not come to work? Can we do so even if the office is closed? Our attorney told us that the Fair Labor Standards Act does not apply to us because, among other things, our gross sales are under $500,000. —A.I., Maryland

Apply consistent policy on employee searches, and get written OK first

03/01/2000
Elvis Stewart carried a duffel bag so he could change uniforms between working at a Taco Bell during the day and a McDonald’s inside …

Erratic attendance can disqualify employee from ADA protection

03/01/2000
Dan Jovanovic was one of the tool and die makers that kept the In-Sink-Erator manufacturing plant running. But Jovanovic had an erratic attendance record …

Women-hating comments, even if not sexual, can equal sexual harassment

03/01/2000
Elizabeth Smith got hit with a double whammy: a harassing boss and a company that didn’t take it seriously. In the end, the company’s lax response cost it big-time …

Clean up graffiti or pay a legal price

03/01/2000
Take workplace graffiti seriously, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does. Foster Wheeler Constructors Inc. recently agreed …

Pressure is building for domestic-partner benefits

03/01/2000
There is increasing pressure in some state legislatures and courts to extend benefits to employees’ domestic partners. Be sure to check your state to determine …

Multiple locations? Check local law before setting nationwide rules

03/01/2000
If your company operates in several locations, make sure you’re complying with every city and state law. And check your employee handbook, too. It may need …

Don’t fear distress caused by proper investigations

03/01/2000
You don’t have to worry that the target of your harassment investigation will turn around and sue you for emotional distress. The 2nd Circuit said he …

OSHA colors in gray areas of home-office liability

03/01/2000
Bottom line: If you let workers perform hazardous manufacturing operations in their homes, such as assembling electronic components, then your company …

Bias claims on the rise

03/01/2000
The number of employment discrimination cases filed in U.S. district courts nearly tripled in the last decade, to 23,735 in 1998, the Bureau of Justice Statistics says. But take heart: The …