Labor Law: I work for a company in Texas. A friend of mine in another department called in sick this Wednesday and took the day off. She called in sick on Thursday too, but her manager told her that even though she had a fever she needed to come in anyway since they're working on an important project.
Additionally, he told her that she would be working on Labor Day in order to make up for her day off on Wednesday. I guess I could understand this kind of behavior in exceptional circumstances where deadlines and times are really tight, but some parts of the company seem to be perpetually operating in "crunch mode" where taking vacation / sick days is a lot harder than it "should" be.
She's not happy and is beginning to look for another job, but this had me wondering, is this behavior by the company legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 29, 2008 -
What are the reasons for and against inducing childbirth in cases of gestational diabetes? [more inside]
posted by faustessa
on Jul 24, 2008 -
A friend works for a company who has recently performed a background check on all of its employees. It has instructed him to fire all employees who come back with a previous felony, even though in several cases, they knew about the charges when they hired the employees. This is happening in Indiana. Is this even legal? What rights does my friend have to oppose these firings, and what can these employees do about it?
posted by billybunny
on Jun 20, 2008 -
Am I entitled to back pay for a year of working Sundays in Rhode Island and not receiving time and a half wages? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 3, 2008 -
Question about the Writer's Guild strike and comparable situations in other industries: why are the studios allowed to negotiate as a single entity, the AMPTP? How does this situation compare to the various US sports leagues and the auto and airline industries? [more inside]
posted by mullacc
on Dec 28, 2007 -
Management has promised an all-you-can-eat barbecue if we reach 30 days with no workplace injuries (four more days to go). Is this a harmless incentive to work safely, or a subtle way to discourage reporting an injury? Is this a common practice? I work in a physically demanding, industrial environment for a Fortune 500 corporation. The most common injuries result from lifting/lowering, repetitive motions, and encounters with equipment.
posted by colgate
on Dec 3, 2007 -
Can someone spell out for me the hierarchy of doctor(s), certified nurse midwives, nurses and others in the setting of the labor and delivery room? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on Nov 29, 2007 -
In China, what (unique) challenges do the locals face in getting a good job? [more inside]
posted by gttommy
on Sep 16, 2007 -
New York City and Boston both have standard work weeks of 35 hours. It's 9-5pm but your lunch is included in there. Texas, California, North Carolina have a standard work week of 40 hours, so it's 9-6 to accomodate your lunch hour. I realize that it has to do with your job somewhat, but it is overwhelmingly consistent (even blue/white collar, salaried/hourly). Why?
posted by unknowncommand
on Sep 13, 2007 -
My boy is going out of town for four days and I want to make a project to surprise him when he gets home. I am making a pathway in our backyard, does anyone have any experience in this? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey
on Jun 15, 2007 -
I've been offered a job as the political director of a regional labor federation. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by jlowen
on Mar 29, 2007 -
Can I collect unemployment because the owner abandoned his business and will not return phone calls or e-mails? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 25, 2007 -
I work for a small company with less than a dozen employees. We currently have no formal hiring process, forms or other documentation. Scary? I think so, and I need some help to remedy the situation. [more inside]
posted by suchatreat
on Dec 19, 2006 -
Is there an ideal or recommended proportion of management vs. staff salaries? I work at a non-profit, and management salaries are about 40% of total salaries. This seems high to me. [more inside]
posted by Mavri
on Dec 6, 2006 -
What book argued that social democratic parties (like the British Labour Party) are inherently inclined to split into factions? I think the book was British, and I think it was written roughly mid-20th-century, and I think it argued that sectarian infighting was an inevitable outcome of the first principles of social democratic politics.
posted by stammer
on Nov 3, 2006 -
What kind of hours are typical requirements for a political campaign job? What kind of hours are actually legal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 29, 2006 -
Labor movement people... this is a long shot I know... Does anyone have any experience with the Prewitt Organizing Fund? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean
on Sep 5, 2006 -
Has anyone had experience going to a California labor board hearing. My friend has a dispute with a former employer over breaks. He didn't get any, even though he should have.
posted by zackdog
on Jul 2, 2006 -
I am looking for blogs written by low-wage, night-shift employees (such as convenience store clerks) who use their blogs to chronicle interesting experiences from their working lives. Any suggestions?
posted by jayder
on Mar 16, 2006 -
MarxFilter: Trouble understanding the concept of "alienation of labor" in the Manuscripts of 1844. Can anyone explain to me exactly what he means? [more inside]
posted by lovejones
on Feb 13, 2006 -
How can I get a short-term, labor-intensive job in a field I'd like to start a career in? [more inside]
posted by itchi23
on Jan 19, 2006 -
Is anyone out there familiar with "sheltered workshops"? If so I would be curious if you could point me in the direction of any research citations or PDFs you know about. [more inside]
posted by gagglezoomer
on Jun 28, 2005 -
What's it like working at a Super Target? There's one opening here in town. I understand they offer some decent benefits. How's the work environment? Would you recommend it?
posted by wsg
on May 23, 2005 -
A good friend of mine works for a large international bank in the SF bay area. This person was informed today that beginning immediately, the two 15 minute breaks that have been allowed up until now are being reduced to 5 minute breaks. This person works a full 8-hour shift, and I was under the impression that a 1-hour lunch/meal break and 2x 15 minute breaks were required by law. What are the legal requirements in California, and how do they differ from federal requirements?
posted by luriete
on Mar 31, 2005 -
From when and where does the idea of having a 'weekend' come? Who first decided that two days out of seven should be kept work-free (for most working people)?
posted by humuhumu
on Nov 13, 2004 -
Anyone have any thoughts (experiences) on natural ways to persuade an overdue baby to make it's appearance? (and yes I know that one...!)
posted by brettski
on Apr 15, 2004 -
If a union
challenges your previously non-union position and wins, now making your job the only union position in the immediate office, what can you do about it? Can you really be forced to work a union position if that's not how the job was presented to you 4 years ago when you took it?
posted by nramsey
on Dec 9, 2003 -