law + order

Wondering what’s legal and illegal at work? Answers to your questions about law + order at work.

if you have a disability, do employers have to let you keep working from home after they re-open?

A reader writes: My friend’s office is reopening and bringing everyone back to work. They’re refusing (or at the very least being VERY hesitant) to provide accommodations, even though she’s immunocompromised and has a doctor’s note verifying this. She’s asking to be allowed to continue working from home (which everyone in her organization has been […]

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our employer wants to cut our pay — retroactively

A reader writes: I work for a national nonprofit based in the U.S. with offices across the country. On Friday, our CEO sent out the dreaded “due to COVID-19, layoffs are coming” email. In it, we were told that on the following Monday they would be laying off 25% of the staff nationwide, and those […]

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your employer can take your temperature, and other changes

The EEOC has issued new guidance about coronavirus in the workplace — and has clarified that some practices that wouldn’t normally be allowed are permissible during the outbreak. Here’s what you need to know. • Your employer can ask if you’ve had symptoms associated with coronavirus (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), if […]

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can my employer lay me off and ask me to volunteer?

A reader writes: My employer, a medium-sized nonprofit, is experiencing a lot of understandable fundraising and budget anxiety during COVID-19. While I know everyone’s doing the best they can to prevent cuts to staff or layoffs, I heard through a coworker this week that one idea our CEO has been kicking around has been to […]

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what can you do if your employer is violating shelter-in-place orders?

A reader writes: I haven’t been able to figure out the answer to this question. What are employees supposed to do if their employer is violating state shelter-in-place rules? Our state is under a shelter-in place advisory as of noon today, and all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close their facilities. However, a younger […]

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we have a new paid (paid!) sick and family leave law

I’m switching to five posts a day this week because there’s so much to talk about. There’s still one more coming after this one… The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which became law last week, offers some American workers expanded family and medical leave — and it’s paid. That’s a key difference from the […]

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my new job sprang a surprise medical exam on me

A reader writes: I’m going to be working in in an office department of a company that manufactures items. They have the whole manufacturing plant and the office all in one big building, and when I was hired they explained to me that there are a lot of rules that come over from the manufacturing […]

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my manager and a coworker had sex in his office, loudly

A reader writews: If you’re going for your WTF square on your work bingo card, here you go. I work for a small company. When I got this job last year, I didn’t work for my current manager. “Bill” got promoted and my boss, who I respected, left and Bill took her place. Bill has […]

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