I work for a very small company that has to lay off an employee due to budget restraints. I have heard that in firing someone, the day of firing should be the employee's last day in the office. This protects the company from any harmful backlash. Does this rule hold true for layoffs as well?
Inspired by this thread, how do I go about finding an employer that allows its employees to bring their dogs to work? For those of you fortunate enough to be in this type of situation, how did you find your job? I am a patent prosecution paralegal and open to the idea of relocating.
Applying for a government job (what to reveal in the application and more) [more inside]
What are some examples of non-traditional employee benefits? [more inside]
Say I have an employee who was using a company computer. They departed under bad terms. I suspect that they took proprietary and valuable company documents with them when they left by sending them to themselves or someone else using a webmail service. If I can recover their webmail password from the company computer they were assigned, is it legal for me to log in and check to see if they did this? Why or why not? [more inside]
Can I be a contracted consultant for the same organization that already employs me full-time? [more inside]
The UK based company I have been working for is going under (I am in the US... I was hired as their Los Angeles based Art Director last November.) They never got the US corporation together so I was always payed as a contractor, month to month, for which I had to invoice them, always with the promise that as soon as they got the US corporation established I would get my pay as a salary with benefits like health insurance. [more inside]
Current and former civilian Department of Defense employees, are/were you treated as second class citizens? [more inside]
I have been charged with developing a employee suggestion system. Has anyone seen a organization do it right? My challenges are in eliciting valuable suggestions ( not complaints ), recognizing contributions, and defining what suggestions are good versus those that are bad. Has anyone seen a system that actually works, gets people engaged, and gets results?
NYCfilter: I've been assigned to track down the most helpful, friendly, patient hardware store employee in the city. [more inside]
My employee may or may not have a genuine psychological problem. How should I address this? [more inside]
In Canada is it legal to require a blood test for (A) employment; (B) group insurance eligibility? [more inside]
The non-profit I work for is undergoing economic changes of the painful contraction type. People are worried, layoffs are looming. I've known for some time my position was not secure and have been looking at moving to a vacant grant writer's position that has come available. I think I have the prerequisites. How can I nail this job? [more inside]
What are an employer's legal and ethical obligations to employees who are in the military reserves? [more inside]
Please tell me about your employee referral program (if you have one). [more inside]
Has anyone ever tried to negotiate with their employer after discovering they were misclassified as a contractor (vs. an employee)? [more inside]
How much is the Temp Agency that I work for getting paid for my services? [more inside]
Please help me figure out a great gift to give our employees at the company party! [more inside]
I am a sole proprieter in CA and hiring my wife as an employee. I am having a lot of trouble figuring out the process. I know that the CA EDD is the state agency, and the IRS is the federal agency that we use to make this happen- but neither place states very clearly what to do to tell them that I am hiring her. [more inside]
My employer has not given me my W-2. I've contacted the IRS, and gotten a substitute form that I have to fill out myself, but since I was never given paystubs, (tax information was usually written on the paycheck itself, and, being silly.lazy, I didn't photocopy my checks,) I have to guess at the amount I owe. I'm also concerned about filing for Arizona income tax, but when I called them they said I don't need a W-2, which dosen't make much sense. I've gotten the run-around from my employer (the company owner,) with her blaming the accountant. I want my W-2, but I also think they deserve some sort of punishment/sanction for this. What can I do?
How to deal with an employee who may have a drink or drug problem in a caring, conscientious manner... [more inside]
I'm transitioning from part-time to full-time at my office and until the paperwork is completed, the director has said that I can only work X number of hours per week and that I must give priority to the (evening) hours when he needs me. Right now, I don't have a regular schedule and each week unfolds according to his needs. However, I am regularly given work by other people in the office and there's the rub... [more inside]
What would you do if you were asked to plan the following event for 250 people on a budget of $500?: "... a staff appreciation event celebrating the past year's accomplishments and anticipating future directions. Includes the following tasks: scheduling event, reserving location, setting agenda, arranging for speakers, ordering and purchasing refreshments, publicizing event, and handling setup and cleanup." [more inside]
Please explain health insurance to me from an employer's point of view!!! [more inside]
Some advice on terminating an employee, please. There is much [more inside]
Mean school employees. What would you do? [more inside]
How can my company track employees' sick & vacation days in Outlook, with supervisor approval? [more inside]
Is an employee who is overpaid legally obligated to give the money back? [more inside]
My paycheck is late again. [more inside]
How do I encrypt my http traffic so my company can't read it? Oh, did I mention SSL is no longer an option since they intend to decrypt all SSL traffic that passes through their proxies? [more inside]
Changed from an exempt to a non-exempt employee; what gives? [more inside]
Calling in sick: What's the right amount? [more inside]
A older woman who works in our office has horrible, horrible body odor. It gets worse as the week goes on, until by Friday its very difficult to stand anywhere near her. I am not her supervisor, and her department is "between supervisors" at the moment, however she frequently needs to stop into my office in order to do her job. Its going to be Friday tomorrow, and I'm dreading her daily visit to my office. What (if anything) should I do?
What is the best way to go about creating an employee handbook? Are there any good resources out there (guides, templates, software, etc.)?
ManagerFilter:Need some easy, cost-effective tips for making the workday more fun and upbeat. [more inside]
I found out a few weeks into a job that my employer had installed spyware (VNC) on my work computer and had been watching what I've been doing (screen mirroring) since I started there. Is this legal? Should I confront him? This all makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. [more inside]
How much time can I ask potential employers for before starting if they say they’d like someone in the position “as soon as possible?” [+] [more inside]
Somewhere I read (in English) about a Japanese salariman whose company, rather than laying him off, assigned him to work in an empty room doing nothing all day, hoping that he would quit. Can anyone find a reference to this case? Bonus points if there's a Japanese name for this practice. Arigato!
I'm a non-exempt, non-contract hourly employee who receives a second-shift differential of $.50/hour. Today I noticed that the shift differential is not being figured into my overtime rate — that is, my overtime rate is being calculated at ($N-$.50)*1.5 instead of $N*1.5. Is it normal/legal to ignore shift differential when calculating overtime pay? [more inside]
After reading this comment some of us have wondered:
How common is it for employers to google prospective employees?
How common is it for employers to google prospective employees?
How can I deal with a frustrating situation at work? (More inside, natch.) [more inside]
Is it true that it's illegal for an employer to give an employee a reference beyond confirming that the person worked for the company over a certain period of time? [more inside]