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Jay Chatarpaul’s Answers

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  • Can an employer legally search your personal cell phone and lap top if you bring them to work to use for work?

    Employer has a policy stating that personal affects such as your vehicle, cell phone, lap top, etcccc when on company property are subject to search at will be their security dept. Is this legal?c

    Jay’s Answer

    This is a difficult question to answer, as in each jurisdiction, the law is somewhat different. Generally, an employer may search a computer provided BY the employer even when the employee uses such computer for personal purpose. However, it is a gray area as to whether the employer can search a PERSONAL computer brought to the workplace. I would think that this should not be allowed

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  • Can my employer decrease my hours without giving me notice?

    In February of this year, I was demoted and took a pay decrease. In the letter that I was given to sign, I was made aware of the decrease in pay but not in hours. I was always paid for 40 hours, in my years of employment, but I found out that no...

    Jay’s Answer

    An employer may decrease hours work for business reasons. It may not do so in retaliation for any prohibited activity, conduct or behavior.

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  • How can I terminate a managerial contract? (Entertainment related)

    In January of 2009 I signed a contract with an entertainment manager, agreeing that he would manage my songwriting/singing career for a 3 year period, and would receive 30% of all monies that I received from any work.... however, due to several ci...

    Jay’s Answer

    You may not be struck. Read the contract carefully. You may be able to terminate based on misrepresentation, fraud, etc., as to the ability of the manage to manage your career.

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  • I was terminated for an unjust reason, what can I do?

    I was recently let go from employment at a video rental store. A Loss Prevention guy came in and interrogated me for probably 3 hours or more trying to say I was responsible for bad inventory because I had the highest % of people renting things a...

    Jay’s Answer

    Sad, but unfortunately, an employer could terminate an employee even under a suspicion of wrongdoing. They do not have to prove you did something wrong. You are most likely an employee at will.

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  • Can my employer hold my last check until I sign their termination papers? How long can they keep it?

    They are terminating me because they think I stole. After they questioned me in the office, they sent me home on unpaid suspension pending an investigation. About a week later my manager left a message on my phone saying they decided to terminate ...

    Jay’s Answer

    Don't sign anything you feel you should not sign. The employer must pay you for work done.

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