law + order

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

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

Note: This law expires on December 31, 2020 and has not been renewed. 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 leave already provided under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which […]

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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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how do I tell our HR director she’s breaking the law?

A reader writes: Our HR director sent a message to everyone today saying that due to many people failing to take their required lunch breaks every day, they are instituting a policy by which your time will be deducted automatically if you do not take a lunch. This is illegal in our state, but I […]

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