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Georgia Vacation Law

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Contrary to many Georgia employees’ assumptions, there is no Georgia law that requires employers to offer paid leave for days they don’t work, or for vacations.

According to both federal and Georgia minimum wage laws, employees must be paid for all hours they work. Both federal and ... continue reading

Kentucky Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Kentucky’s meal break law requires that employees be given a “reasonable off-duty period, ordinarily ½ hour” to eat a meal   between the 3 rd and 5 th hours of work. The meal break can be unpaid, if the employee is relieved of all work duties. It can also ... continue reading

Arizona Hostile Work Environment

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
What constitutes a hostile work environment? Many Arizona employees have asked this question. The legal definition requires two conditions to exist.

The Arizona employee must be the target of negative behavior due to his or her race, age (40-70), color, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy or sex. ... continue reading

Arkansas Exempt Employee Workweek

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Arkansas employee wonder if there is a standard workweek for exempt salaried employees in Arkansas. Are employees entitled to future paid time off when they work beyond the standard 40 hours in one week?

  The answer to both questions is no. Federal law doesn’t set ... continue reading

Alabama Comp Time

Friday, September 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
What is “comp time” and is it legal in Alabama? “Comp time” is short for compensatory time. It’s a term for paid time off that is granted to an employee as an alternative to paying overtime.

The relevant law is the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). ... continue reading

Kentucky Vacation Law

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A reader poses the following question: My friend and I both work in Kentucky, but his employer offers paid sick leave. My company doesn’t. Isn’t there a Kentucky law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave?

There answer is no. While Congress has considered such a bill ... continue reading

Maine Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Maine’s meal break law has one particular specification. The law grants employees a meal break of a minimum of 30 minutes after 6 consecutive hours of work. This law, however, applies only to businesses where 3 or more employees are on duty at the same time.

There ... continue reading

Illinois Hostile Work Environment

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The term hostile work environment is often misused, causing confusing for Illinois employees.

Some people, especially as depicted in certain TV shows, think a hostile work environment exists any time an employer or coworker behaves badly. That is an incorrect assumption. Some people are obnoxious and ill-mannered, ... continue reading

Connecticut Exempt Employee Workweek

Monday, September 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Salaried exempt employees in Connecticut have questions about the standard workweek, overtime and salary.

First, there is no “standard” workweek for exempt employees. Connecticut laws do not address this issue, nor do federal laws. Each individual company can legally set its own standard workweek, which can be ... continue reading

Colorado Comp Time

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Jane recently worked 10 hours of overtime and asked her employer for comp time to extend her vacation instead of paying overtime. The employer said comp time was illegal. Is Jane’s employer right?

If the Colorado employer is a private business, and Jane is an hourly employee, ... continue reading

Minnesota Vacation Law

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Minnesota employer doesn’t provide paid sick leave. Is that legal?

The answer is: Yes, it is. At present there is no Minnesota law mandating paid sick leave for employee. In fact, there is no Minnesota or federal that requires companies to provide paid time off for ... continue reading

Massachusetts Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Meal breaks for employees are not required by federal law. In Massachusetts, employees in most industries are entitled to a 30-minute meal break if the shift lasts longer than 6 hours. This law does not apply, however, to employees in industries like iron works, paper mills and glass works. ... continue reading

Nevada Hostile Work Environment

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Several Nevada employees have wondered exactly what constitutes a hostile work environment.

This term can be confusing, especially because it is often misused on TV and in other media. Just because a coworker or employer is ill mannered, it does not automatically mean the employee is being ... continue reading

Florida Exempt Employee Workweek

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an exempt salaried employee is not entitled to overtime–as wages or as time off.

Many Florida exempt employees find this confusing. They assume that if they work more than 40 hours in one week, they have “credit” for time ... continue reading

Delaware Comp Time

Friday, September 10th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The federal FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) establishes the guidelines for “comp time”.

“Comp time” or compensatory time is defined as paid time off in a future payroll week that is granted to a Delaware employee as a substitute for overtime pay.

For many local, ... continue reading

South Dakota Vacation Law

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
In early 2009, Congress introduced a bill to require employers to offer their worker paid sick leave. However, the law never made it out of committee.   

At present no federal law exists mandating companies provide paid sick leave. In fact, there is no federal law that ... continue reading

Minnesota Meal Break Law

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees in Minnesota and across the U.S. assume that they are entitled by federal law to a meal break during the workday.

This is an incorrect assumption, because there is no federal law requiring employers to give workers time off for a meal.

The ... continue reading

Kansas Hostile Work Environment

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An employee working at a Kansas company has a boss who constantly yells at the employees and calls them names. Does this constitute a hostile work environment?

It depends. The legal definition of hostile work environments includes two conditions that must be met.

The employee is ... continue reading

Idaho Exempt Employee Workweek

Monday, September 6th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A salaried employee in Idaho recently worked 60 hours in one week. Her boss says she is not entitled to extra pay or extra paid time off. Is this legal?

It is legal–for exempt salaried employees. The federal FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) states that exempt salaried ... continue reading

Wisconsin Vacation Law

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to Wisconsin and federal minimum wage laws, an employer must pay for all hours worked. There is no law, however, that requires employers to pay workers for days they do not work, such as holidays or sick leave.

That situation may soon change. Congress introduced a ... continue reading

Arizona Exempt Employee Workweek

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder: Is there a standard workweek for exempt salaried employees in Arizona?

The answer is “No. There is no state law in Arizona setting a standard workweek for exempt employees, nor is there a federal law.”

The standard workweek for exempt employees is ... continue reading

Louisiana Hostile Work Environment

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Several employees in Louisiana have asked, “Exactly what is the legal definition of hostile work environment?”

Confusion about this term is understandable, because it is often misused. Many workers assume that if their employer or coworkers behave badly they are creating a hostile work environment.

... continue reading