Quirky Question # 239, Employers Might Be Liable For Accidents During The Commute If They Require Employees To Use Their Vehicle During The Work Day

August 2014

Question: Our office manager occasionally runs errands during the day such as delivering something to a customer or picking up lunch for a meeting. We reimburse her at the IRS rate for mileage. Yesterday, on her way home, she rear-ended the car in front of her causing substantial damage.  She has asked for the company’s insurance information. We told her the company is not liable because we are not liable for[more...]

Quirky Question # 238, No Laughing Matter - Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement

August 2014

Question My company relies on independent contractors, over whom we don't exert control. They often joke around with each other. I'm not liable for employment discrimination if I terminate one of them after they complain about another, right? Dorsey's Analysis By: Mike Droke  and Ieva Aubin Companies using independent contractors should beware of increased enforcement efforts from federal and state labor and tax authorities over misclassification of workers under wage and hour and tax[more...]

Quirky Question #237, Badger your employees to sign new non-competes?

August 2014

Question: We are a Wisconsin employer that has recently lost a number of employees to competing companies in our area. We’re worried our competitors are getting an unfair edge in the market, basically using employees we’ve spent time and resources training to compete against us. It doesn’t seem fair. Unfortunately, it didn’t occur to us to have our employees sign non-compete agreements back when we hired them. In light of all[more...]

Quirky Question #236, "I need some time off to give my daughter a mental boost..."

July 2014

­­­Question: We employ a very elderly lady, Agnes. In fact, she’s a great-grandmother. She has asked to take some time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act. See tells us that her daughter Beatrice is out of the picture, but that Agnes raised Beatrice’s daughter, Catherine, who now herself has a two-year-old daughter Dorothy. Catherine is having foot surgery and won’t be fully ambulatory for a few weeks, so Agnes[more...]