Monthly Archives: August 2010

This person has made other employees’ lives miserable by giving out assignments, scheduling work, and disciplining workers. No authority has been assigned to this individual, what can we do?

While there is no law specifying the number of direct supervisors an employee can have, the employee described above is a real problem. She seems to have filled a power vacuum to get some personal power. This employee must be…

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Recently a floor supervisor got involved in a disagreement between two workers. One worker was shouting at the other and the supervisor got loud trying to control the situation. How should we respond?

First, the floor supervisor behaved inappropriately and should be reprimanded. This should not be done in front of the workers, though, so that the supervisor’s authority is not undermined. Shouting at a worker is not appropriate and the supervisor should…

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Can we excuse the employee seeking the job-related degree for being late due to classes or exams while penalizing the employee who is seeking the non-job-related degree for the same offense?

Although this is discrimination it is not illegal discrimination. Discrimination based on the education of a worker is not specified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are many forms of discrimination that are perfectly legal. It is important…

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I am considering paying non-exempt new-hires a bonus ($400-$600) after successful completion of training instead of paying an hourly salary during the 2-4 week training period.

This is completely illegal under both federal and state law. Workers must be paid for hours worked. Mandatory training time is considered time worked. This is even truer if the training is on the employer’s premises. Call centers receiving calls…

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What is the normal approach to educational financial assistance for a company of less than 100 employees? What are the risks and what are the repayment options if the employee resigns.

The majority of companies do not offer educational benefits to employees. There are no hard and fast rules but the most common approach is to reimburse employees for educational expenses after the class is passed with a certain grade. This…

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