Archive for the ‘Leave Time’ Category

Summer Lay-Off

April 1st, 2013

Q: I go on a two-week vacation every summer, during which time my staff either uses their own vacation time or, if they have none, are laid off. What considerations should I be aware of, such as unemployment insurance, the WARN act, etc.

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Replace or Retain

April 1st, 2013

Q. My hygienist just informed me that due to a medical problem, her physician has advised she not work for 6 to 8 weeks. She is my only hygienist and I cannot be without one for that long. Do I have to keep her position open? Although she meets performance expectations, her work is not extraordinary. I would like to advise her that I will not hold her position open for that long and start the process of hiring a new hygienist. Can I do this?

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Pregnancy Issues

April 1st, 2013

Q: I have a small practice with one dental assistant. She recently told me that she just found out she was pregnant. I’m concerned about her exposure when she performs x-rays. I do not want any harm to come to her or her baby, but I need her to perform these x-rays, what should I do?

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Benefit for part-time staff

April 1st, 2013

Q: As my practice has grown, I have increased the number of employees. I now utilize full-time (40 hours a week) and part-time employees who work a variety of hours per week – 32 hours, 20 hours and one works one day a week.

My benefit package is set up only for full-time employees and my other staff members would like some of these benefits. I would be willing to provide them but I would like to set it up so that the benefits are proportionate to the hours they work. Is there any way I can do this and if so how?

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Accommodating Nursing Mothers

March 18th, 2013

Q: I just found out two my employees are pregnant. One of them is my associate (who is also my daughter). She recently told me that there are some new rules that require employers to provide a private location for nursing mothers to express milk. Is this true? If so, what are the requirements?

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