law + order

sick coworker says he can’t work alone

A reader writes: I’m an avid reader and I have a question on behalf of a friend. She works in retail and recently told me she felt too sick to work but couldn’t call in because her coworker, “Bob,” who has stage 4 cancer says he can’t work alone. This sounds off to me. I […]

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can I be paid in comp time instead of overtime pay?

A reader writes: I work for a chapter of a national nonprofit organization managing several fundraising events. I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the way our organization handles overtime during our busy event season, and am wondering if it’s completely legal. At the end of 2016 with the pending overtime law, the organization decided to […]

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how much detail do you have to share when you call in sick?

A reader writes: We recently hired a new manager for our admin/support staff, and in her first team meeting she told us that when calling in sick, “Don’t just say ‘I’m not feeling well.’ I don’t want to hear that.” Apparently she wants a specific reason we are calling in sick. In an attempt to […]

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we have to be interviewed by a psychologist to get promoted

A reader writes: I am a senior manager in a division of a global corporation. Each of the divisions is actually a company that was acquired by the corporation. As long as the division continues to make a profit, they are pretty much allowed to operate as if they are still a stand-alone organization. Some […]

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the ethics of firing racist protesters

A reader writes: After the Charlottesville violence, I’ve been watching discussion on one of my professional organization’s Facebook groups and would appreciate your opinion about it. People are discussing the ethics of figuring out the identities of white supremacists from news photos, and then reporting them to their employers. Apart from the “ethics” of white […]

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the federal government is taking up overtime pay again

The U.S. Department of Labor appears to be moving forward on an overtime rule that caught up millions of employees and their employers in some serious workplace drama last year. To recap: Last year, under the Obama Administration, a new rule was expected to take effect that would have required an additional 4 million American […]

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