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Q: This is extremely complicated and Covid related. At beginning of pandemic all persons over 60 laid off for months

Upon returning - we were required to disinfect all areas between patients with new disinfectants, masks and shields. By afternoon this had me vomiting violently. Sent home on many occasions suspected of infection. Occupational Medicine would not see me. I was consistently approved for time off... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 11, 2021

That is indeed a complicated set of facts. It sounds like your doctor has indicated your condition is related to a work related chemical exposure. As such, this may be considered a work injury. If you have not already provided notice to your employer of a work injury, you have 120 days from the... Read more »

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Q: Can my employer count my vacation eligibility time from post-pandemic-layoff rehire date rather than original hire date?

I began work Nov. 2019, and was "terminated" in March 2020 due to pandemic-related business downturn. I was rehired in June 2020, although I was not required to take a drug test again or submit my driving record again. I would have been eligible for paid vacation Nov. 2020, but now they... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 25, 2021

Well, if they give you a raise it looks like they are not having it both ways. Your vacation time is usually based on time accrued and does not count time off for personal days, family leave---or when you are laid off.

Year to date money means just that. If you were paid x dollars then...
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Q: I am being asked to do training and I am not sure if I need to be paid or not.

This is for a virtual medical scribe position. I am working from home in Philadelphia. The company is based in Texas. I completed pre-employment training that was unpaid. I signed a contract to start January 11. In an email, I was told the start date would be pushed back to an unknown date because... Read more »

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

It sounds like this is post hire training, which should be compensated. Perhaps your pre-hire training should also be compensated. Consult a local employee rights attorney. The reality is if you suddenly become an excessively expensive employee, you will be cut. You need to weigh the benefit of... Read more »

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Q: My salary was cut 35% due to COVID 19. Do other agreements between my employer and I still stand?

Such as a promissory note tied to a relocation bonus. Does this work any differently if I'm furloughed?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 17, 2020

A lot depends on what is going on--a cut while you still work is different from a cut and you are furloughed. As to the note you need to look at the language of the agreement, any letters that discussed the terms etc.

The interesting question is if you are furloughed but on 1/3 pay can you...
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Q: I have to be off work due to no child care or school have work for employer with 500 plus employees

My company is not under 500 employees what are my rights to be able to take off during covid 19 with no child care or school. My children need me home during the day and I can t afford to lose my job in long term. Money not a issue cuz I can get unemployment I just need to with kids till I can get... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 15, 2020

Since your employer employs more than 500 employees, you are unfortunately not eligible for aid through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was recently passed. However, if you've been employed full-time with your company for at least a year, you may be eligible to take an unpaid... Read more »

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