Burnsville, NC asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Products Liability for North Carolina

Q: If a doc. between privatemployer and you is not notarized and a word doc, is it considered a legal doc

Husband out of work for 4 and a half months due to injury not sustained at work. Work said he had 40 hrs PTO he can use, but broken down to maintain insurance needed for operations , Dr appts, etc. Returns to work, employer hand him document that is not notrawarized and typed up in a Microsoft word document stating "work release". After he signed employer advised him he is to have paycheck garnished in amount of 90$ per week until amount of 1015$ paid for. That information was written in after the fact of his signing. Is there any legality to the document or is it null and void?

2 Lawyer Answers

A: Whether the document is notarized or not does not matter. This is a simple internal payroll issue. It sounds like the employer has allowed your husband to return to work but is also docking your husband's pay because he used more than 40 hours of PTO while tending to his medical needs. This can be verified by asking HR for an accounting of his PTO and/or looking at his pay check stub.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Documents don't need to be notarized to have legal effect.

Tim Akpinar

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