Heard It On The Hotline

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker FMLA continues to be a challenge for employers especially when it comes to intermittent leave.  NAE has received several calls recently involving employers who desire to terminate employees just before they become eligible for FMLA, after they return from FMLA or while they are on FMLA.  While there may be legitimate reasons […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Periodically, employers can be somewhat parental and make decisions that are well intended but can lead to problems.  For example, an employer witnesses a senior employee lifting heavy boxes and decides to transfer the employee to a less labor-intensive position.  The employee enjoys his position and does not want to be transferred.  […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Does your company use a staffing firm or temporary agency to fill positions for an interim assignment or on a temp-to-hire basis?  What if one of those contingent workers asked you (not the agency) for a reasonable accommodation due to a disability?  Would you have an interactive conversation with the worker regarding […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Have you ever experienced a manager who has gone rogue and potentially set the company up for liability?  If so, this situation might sound familiar to you. An employee was called into her manager’s office.  The manager informed her that he had heard a rumor that she was taking medication and believed […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Can an employer force an employee to participate in a workplace investigation? A member recently called our HR Hotline with this dilemma. An accident occurred involving one of their customers on company premises.  It was a bad accident and the customer was seriously injured.  Before help arrived on the scene, for reasons […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Among several definitions of the word shakedown is “extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence.”  While the situation detailed below did not rise to the level of threats of violence, the employer certainly felt as though it was being extorted or blackmailed. Are you prepared for such a scenario? An employer […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker Sometimes an employee may become uncharacteristically difficult to work with because he/she is coping with a stressful personal matter.  Sometimes you hire an employee who is difficult to work with from the start and remains that way through the course of his/her employment. So, what do you do if this particularly difficult […]

HEARD IT ON THE HOTLINE

By: Rob Parker A longtime employee, with nothing derogatory in her personnel file, resigns from the company.  During her employment with the company, she had accrued PTO, which according to the employee handbook is paid upon termination up to a maximum of 80 hours.  The employee had accrued almost double the maximum payout amount of […]

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