How much communication is acceptable while an employee is on FMLA leave?

By: | 03.04.19 | Common HR Questions
Murphy’s law suggests that, even with careful planning, as soon as an employee goes out on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, the employee’s supervisor is going to need to ask the employee a question: for example, where to locate a document or to ge...

How do we handle employees working unauthorized overtime?

By: | 12.04.18 | Common HR Questions
Managers often ask whether employers must pay nonexempt employees for overtime worked without permission, especially when employees have been told that unauthorized overtime is prohibited. For example, what should the employer do about the employee who works through wh...

Are my employees exempt or non-exempt?

By: | 11.21.18 | Common HR Questions
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour law employers must classify all employees as either exempt or nonexempt. This classification determines how the employee should be paid to ensure legal compliance. As the name implies, exempt emp...

Can I ban political discussions in the workplace?

By: | 10.31.18 | Common HR Questions
With contentious midterm elections quickly approaching – and the results of those elections likely to dominate the news for weeks – political discussions are taking place at family gatherings, on social media and even at work.  In the office or on the ...

Can I lay off an underperforming employee instead of firing him?

By: | 10.09.18 | Common HR Questions
Firing an employee is never easy. It’s often a situation that is fraught with stress and discomfort for all parties, and the path leading to termination can be painstakingly tedious. Whether the employer is attempting to soften the emotional blow for the employee...

Can I require employees to only speak English in the workplace?

By: | 09.10.18 | Common HR Questions
You may recall earlier this year the viral video of a white New York attorney berating Spanish speaking workers at a fast food restaurant to speak English and threatening to call ICE on the workers.  The video received national media attention.  With increasi...