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Q&A

Did the Fair Credit Reporting Act just change?

11/15/2012
Q. What were the recent changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act?

What break time rules do we need to follow?

11/15/2012

Q. We are changing our break policy. What breaks are required and can I require employees to take an unpaid meal break?

How to establish a sexual harassment defense?

11/14/2012
Q. We have several 16-year-old girls working as servers in our restaurant. One worker’s mother told us about alleged harassment. Can we rely on our training for our defense?

Can we prohibit moonlighting?

11/13/2012

Q. Some of our full-time employees have told us that they are looking for part-time jobs to make extra income. We’re worried about how this will affect their performance at our company. Can we prohibit them from working for other employers after-hours?

Do holidays require extra pay?

11/13/2012
Q. We need some of our employees to work during the holidays. Are we required to pay them extra for those days?

Travel time: Must we begin paying employees when they leave their homes?

11/13/2012

Q. Some of our employees are required to drive our company vehicles from home to various work sites in our area. Are we required to pay them starting from the time they leave home?

After military leave, is employee due merit raise?

11/13/2012

Q. One of our employees was on military leave for six months. He will be reinstated at the same pay and position. While he was gone, all employees in his department received a 4% pay raise in recognition for their hard work in the past year. Must we pay him that raise?

Surveillance video law: How do we comply?

11/08/2012

Q. We have surveillance cameras in several locations in our workplace that record activity, but no sound. The images can be viewed over the Internet by supervisors and HR personnel who have the password to the site. What should our privacy and electronic communications policy say about access to the camera feed?

Do long hours change part-time status?

10/27/2012

Q. Many of our part-time warehouse employees have recently been putting in well over 40 hours per week. Do we have an obligation to change their status to full time?

Is car trouble a firing offense?

10/27/2012

Q. An employee frequently comes in late or is absent because of car troubles. Is this a justifiable reason for termination? To avoid this issue in the future, can we ask applicants if they have a reliable means of transportation to get to work?