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Q: My boss threatened to punch me what do I do
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Sep 15, 2021

Provide a written complaint to your company's HR department regarding the incident so they can investigate.

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Q: I had emergency surgery in July and I have been collecting unemployment. Dr says need to file disability. Payback?

I had emergency surgery in July. Was drawing unemployment. Still am. Been looking for a job. Can't find one because I can't lift, can't stand on my feet for long periods etc. Am I going to have to pay unemployment back? My dr said that I need to file for disability. How can I file... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

The benefits are often administered by the same office, they just come from different funds. You should consult the UI office and see what they say about transferring the claim to a disability claim. Look online first, to see if there is info posted on the web. You are not the first person with... Read more »

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Q: Can a manager legally hold a berevment leave against a co worker?

So my wife is a supervisior for a department at a hospital. So, in March she went out on leave because her dad was dying and returned back in late July. While she was out, her boss allowed the workers to pretty much do whatever they wanted and didnt hold them accountable for anything. Now that my... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Aug 14, 2020

There isn't really anything to be done in this situation from a legal standpoint. It is unfortunate that your wife is being placed in a difficult situation and is without assistance from her manager but I don't see anything unlawful here based on the facts presented. Was your wife taking... Read more »

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Q: I am a full time hourly employee in Maine. Am I guaranteed a certain # of hours per week?

A mechanical issue reduced the need for employees and I was sent home. Losing a days pay.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 15, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not require that employers give their employees a minimum number of hours to work; it only requires that employees be paid at least minimum wage for each hour worked. If you were sent home (and thus did not perform work) during this mechanical issue, there is no... Read more »

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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... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 14, 2015

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...
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