Lewiston, ME asked in Employment Law for Maine

Q: is it legal to have a labor and safety inspector to call you from their home?

we recently had an employee quit, he still has a company cell and other things incl. vital information on customers include their credit card numbers at his house. We told him that we were going to shut off service on hat phone and that we hired more employees who will be w9 workers but one needs the company cell phone he has and that unless he gives back the phone any vital info. the keys eand tc, he wont get paid his final paycheck which is for less then normal because hes been out on leave and light duty with no vacation or sick time left. I also asked him to bring those things to me as he wont be able to take those things to the office because I'm having the locks changed.

About 5 minutes later I received a phone call from a woman claiming to be from the state, asking me for personal information on not just this employee but both my employees, along with quite a few other things that had nothing to do with the employee at hand at al!

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A: How do you know that she called from her home? I doubt that there is any law against doing that.

I'm guessing you suspect that this "inspector" to is not what she said she is, and really just a friend of your ex employee. Call back to the agency and ask to talk to the person who called you. if she is actually a real inspector with that agency, ask that she make the request in writing and that she cite the law requiring you to comply.

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