Can insurance carriers in N.C. require us to cover independent contractors? 3/8/16

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: Our newspaper is located in North Carolina. Our business insurance carrier is insisting that we cover our independent contractor newspaper carriers for Workers' Compensation – or it will provide no business insurance whatsoever. Are you seeing this with other insurance carriers? Further, if we do cover the independent contractors for Workers' Compensation, will this jeopardize our legal status?

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What are the options if acknowledgement isn't signed? 2/16/16

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: What should an employer do if an employee refuses to sign the employee handbook acknowledgment form?

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Can these tweets and posts land us in trouble? 1/5/16

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: Is there any legal liability associated with social media posts, other than defamation? If so, how should this shape our social media policy?

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Are audio recordings legal in the workplace? 12/11/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: Is it lawful to have a policy prohibiting recording in the workplace?

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Question about privacy concerns with independent contractors 11/17/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: Is it within the legal rights of a publisher to give to a subscriber the name and phone number of the independent contractor who delivers the newspaper to that subscriber? Are there privacy concerns?

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Question about 'open door' policies 11/9/15

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Question: Is lawful for an employer to have an "open door" policy that urges employees to go to management with their workplace complaints?

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Question about protected activity on Facebook 10/27/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: Does the National Labor Relations Act protect the mere act of an employee clicking the "like" button on Facebook?

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Question about temporary workers from a staffing agency 9/8/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: My publishing company has a contract with a temporary staffing agency to provide workers in the packaging and distribution department of the newspaper. For labor law purposes, is my publishing company considered the employer of these temporary workers from the staffing agency?

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Question: What should employers be doing now in response to the 'quickie election' rule? 8/4/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: The NLRB’s “quickie election” rule became effective on April 14. We have learned that, under the new rule, an election can be scheduled as quickly as 13 days following the date of the filing of an election petition. As an employer, is there anything we should be doing to prepare?

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Question: Are newspapers obligated to complete this form? 7/28/15

The following Legal Hotline question was addressed by L. Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm

Question: The State Department of Unemployment sent the newspaper a multi-page questionnaire trying to determine the independent contractor status of a newspaper carrier. Is the newspaper obligated to complete this form and send it back to the Unemployment Department?

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