law + order

my company held a retreat in a Zika zone — and is charging people who didn’t go for their plane tickets

A reader writes: My company recently had their retreat in Miami, Florida. As you can imagine, there were several women who voiced concerns about having the retreat in an area that the CDC has actively discouraged women from traveling to because of Zika. Unfortunately, the company decided to move forward with the retreat location because […]

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the new overtime rule is on hold

That new overtime rule that was coming next week that would have required an additional 4.2 million American workers to be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week.? It’s been blocked for now. A Texas judge today issued a temporary injunction halting the rule nationwide. It’s not a permanent stop to it, just […]

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are you ready for the new overtime law?

One month from tomorrow, on December 1, a major change to U.S. overtime laws will go into effect – and might result in changes in your paycheck and your work schedule. At U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about the new rule and answer a bunch of questions about it, including: What exactly […]

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can you ask about mental health in job interviews?

A reader writes: I’ve just been put in charge of hiring a group of staff for a summer camp. I began managing this group of staff last May (and was thus not involved in the hiring process) and discovered that a couple staff members had some mental health issues that interfered with their job responsibilities. […]

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interviewing a job candidate who won’t shake hands with women

A reader writes: A while ago, my group interviewed a candidate who did not shake the hands of the women he spoke with. His explanation was that he was Muslim. Of course, this is a very specific subgroup — many Muslim men have no issue shaking hands with women, especially in a professional setting. (This […]

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I said “EEOC” and things got weird

A reader writes: I received a dinner invitation from my “big boss,” Niles. The invitation list included my supervisor, a colleague (who is junior to me in both experience and title), and that colleague’s supervisor, who I’d never met before. The colleague, Fergus, while in the same department, supports a different line of business and […]

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my boss is verbally abusive and won’t pay me

A reader writes: I started as an intern for a small startup about a year ago along with another person. We were both given three-month internships with the promise of full-time employment if we made it past the internship period. Both of us did, and our manager, who is also the founder of the company, […]

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