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The company that hired me as an independent contractor didn't get paid. Should I expect payment?

I'm an independant contractor, but the company I did work through was not paid by the client despite me performing and completing all necessary tasks to a high degree.

Should I still expect to get paid by the company? After all, I was to be paid by the company and not the client directly, so what the client does is irrelevant to my contract as independant contractor. Is that the correct way to view this situation?
Penny Morey

Does my employer have the right to know what I do when I am clocked out?

A few months ago I was dating someone who stole from my company, and I turned him in for it. Now I am up for a promotion and rumors have made it to HR that I was seen with this guy. I was not! Is it legal for HR to even ask me and investigate it? If I was with him, as long as I am not on the clock can they do anything? It is a "he said, she said" thing. Can they use that to deny me my promotion?
Penny Morey

My company refuses to pay for time worked during lunch.

I punch a time clock, and I wanted to make up time during my lunch hour. So I only took a 15-minute lunch break for four days, and the company won't pay me for the time that I did work.
Penny Morey

Can we choose to hire a younger person for a bartending position?

I manage a union restaurant and a bartending position came open. We have a person who's over 40 and wants the promotion, but we would like to hire a younger person. If we do so, can the older person take any legal action?
Penny Morey

How do I know if my employee is doing more harm than good? She brings in business and revenue but her attitude is creating a chaotic work environment.

We hired our first full-time employee. And while she has brought in valuable business which has offered us credibility and increased revenue, her chaotic personality is creating an unstable work environment. In a week's time it is not uncommon for her to miss her flight, leave her cell phone in her car, get a random virus on her computer and come up with a strange illness. She is bringing in money but is frankly driving me and my business partner nuts with her last minute, always urgent requests and frantic work style. For instance I got a message on Friday at 5:30 that I needed to review a document in 20 minutes and return to her. I was on my way out the door for an appointment so I had to drop everything. How can I evaluate revenue versus a pleasant, positive company culture?
Penny Morey

Can I amortize the cost of performance bond insurance?

We need to purchase bond insurance for a project in July, but revenue from the project doesn't start until August and the project runs for seven months. The bond is for one year. Can I amortize the bond insurance expense over the time period defined by the project?
Pam Newman

Can I request and receive all information in my employee file?

I believe that the hospital has detrimental information about me in its records.
Penny Morey

How does one deal with a stepson in the family business who is dating an employee?

The stepson makes the schedule and puts this employee to work only on the days his stepmom isn't working. This never happened prior to them dating. Also, she does not have seniority but she only works the best hours: She doesn't work nights or weekends. The stepson also has a lackadaisical approach to the job and shows disrespect toward his stepmom at work.
Penny Morey

Where can we find a health plan for an independent worker who will be working in China?

We are a small company that wants to hire a consultant to complete a mission to our manufacturing plant in China. This young contractor doesn't have an health coverage at the moment, and we want him to be covered. How can we make sure he's covered and where should we look for decent, affordable health plan during his mission (to last about a year)?
Penny Morey

Should I reimburse virtual employees for mileage to the main office?

I have three virtual employees. One lives eight miles from the main office (the owner's house). Two other employees live 50 miles and 80 miles away (all one-way trips). I want employee number two to come to the main office once every other week. She has asked for mileage reimbursement for these trips.
Penny Morey

How do I advertise employment for 18-to-23-year-olds without discriminating?

I am looking for employees for a labor-intensive position. I would like to target younger males for the job without discriminating.
Nina Kaufman

How do we encourage retirement for a "Peter Principle" employee?

She has spent 34 years in the office but can no longer perform her function because of changes in technology. She is drawing SSN.
Penny Morey

Do I have to pay an employee who quit without notice for days worked previously?

One of my employees quit a week before start of the season. He came in late to the shift he was supposed to work, announced his resignation and walked out.

As a result, I had to restructure the entire season and I had to finish myself some of the work he was allotted to do. He has cost me a lot of time. Am I obligated to pay him for the last three shifts he worked?
Penny Morey