Time rounding must generally favor employees

August 27, 2018
Under Department of Labor regulations covering the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay workers for all time worked, subject to some rounding. Time may be kept, and pay computed, based on rounding “to the nearest 5 minutes, or to the nearest one-tenth or quarter of an hour.”
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Slower pace not a reasonable accommodation

August 6, 2018
Employers are supposed to offer reasonable accommodations so disabled employees can perform the essential functions of their jobs. That doesn’t mean, however, that disabled employees can insist on lower production standards or the ability to do their jobs at their own pace.
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Ensure job application process is clear and easy to understand

August 6, 2018
Is your hiring process clear? Do candidates understand exactly what they need to do to be considered for a job or promotion?
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No unemployment for man who wanted to beat up boss

July 31, 2018
A Pennsylvania judge has refused to grant unemployment benefits to a former employee who was fired for challenging his supervisor to a fist fight in the parking lot after work.
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Are we allowed to ask if a prospective employee has medical coverage?

July 23, 2018
Q: “My manager had job applications made that ask: ‘Do you have medical coverage? If so, with who?’ Is that allowed or not?” – Nikkie, Florida
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When workers are sent home due to an issue with the building, are they still paid?

July 23, 2018
Q: “Our building experienced a water main break that shut down our restrooms. Since OSHA requires restroom facilities for employees, we sent everyone home. Exempt employees still receive their salaries, so they’re paid for the day. Do we need to pay our hourly workers who performed no work that day?” – Calvin, Virginia
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No, you can’t make staff divulge their meds

July 19, 2018
The EEOC has filed a lawsuit against a Texas employer that requires all its employees to report every medication they take, both prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
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Beware medical tests that regard applicants as disabled

June 20, 2018
A Portland, Maine, trucking company is embroiled in an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit after it rejected applicants for driver positions based on their inability to pass a “back assessment” test.
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We made worker stay late to clean mess: Do we need to pay him overtime?

May 16, 2018
Q. One of our workers made a mess near the end of his shift. We told him he needed to clean it up before he left. Do we need to pay him overtime?
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How liberally can intermittent FMLA leave be split?

November 6, 2017
Q:  “Can an employee use a few hours of FMLA leave per day, breaking up her doctor-recommended two full days per medical episode? The employee indicated in one absence that a piece of furniture collapsed on her and then due to her FMLA issue, she was weak and couldn’t come to work.” – Mary, Ohio
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