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April 2014 - **Updating information from February, 2009**
Question: Do we need to have our employees sign the Oath of Office every year?
March 2014 - Question: Is there a rule or regulation that requires credit unions to require employees to take off five consecutive days each year?
February 2014 - Question: Can we monitor an employee’s email if we think s/he is spending too much time on personal business?
January 2014 - Question: We have 20 employees and are looking to change some of our employee policies and are wondering about our maternity leave. We currently provide 90 days of paid leave for female employees who have a baby. Can we change it?
December 2013 - Question: Does Wisconsin have a Good Samaritan law and is it applicable at the credit union?
November 2013 - Question: To keep our group health insurance premiums down, can we terminate coverage for our two employees who are 65 and eligible for Medicare?
October 2013 - Question: Do we have any reason for concern if one of our hourly employees is at the credit union several hours a week more than she is scheduled to work?
September 2013 - Question: After the recent court decision, is it safe to make our loan officers exempt employees again?
August 2013 - Surely we can prohibit our employees from telling each other their salaries, right? **Reprinted from August 2011**
July 2013 - Question: Is a note from a doctor saying an employee was “out for medical reasons” and cleared to come back to work sufficient? Don’t we need to know more details of what those medical reasons were?
June 2013 - Question: One of our employees just married and changed her last name. Do we need to have her fill out a new I-9 along with the other form changes we’re making? **Reprinted from May 2009**
May 2013 - Question: The local technical college has asked if it can place an intern with us to learn about working in a financial institution. Is this a good idea for our credit union?
April 2013 - Question: Is it okay to put our required employment posters on our intranet (all employees have access to it) rather than on a bulletin board in our break room?
March 2013 - Question: How long should we keep records of an employee’s whistleblower complaint?
February 2013 - Question: Should we worry about I-9 compliance? It seems so easy.
January 2013 - Question: If an exempt employee stops by the office for 15 minutes on a paid vacation day to finish up a project, do we have to provide another vacation day?
December 2012 - Question: If we give our employees $25 gift cards for Christmas, must we include the amount in W2’s?
November 2012 - Question: Can we or should we have a policy that requires our employees to speak English only while they are at work?
October 2012 - Question: Are employees entitled to time off from work to vote?
September 2012 - Question: Any reason we can’t furlough some of our employees as a cost-cutting measure?
August 2012 - With the Supreme Court finding the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) constitutional, what should we be doing now?
July 2012 - Question: Must our credit union provide a break for breastfeeding employees?
June 2012 - Question: We are thinking of instituting a grooming code—including no tattoos! What are the “rules” we need to consider? **Reprinted from October 2005**
May 2012 - Question: We have four employees attending the Wisconsin Credit Union League’s annual convention this year—two exempt and two non-exempt. How do we know how to pay them? **Updated from May 2011**
April 2012 - Question: What should we do about employees who text or email while driving on credit union business? **Reprinted from April 2011**
March 2012 - Question: Is federal share insurance a government contract for affirmative action purposes?
February 2012 - Question: Is there any reason we can’t require our employees to keep their salaries confidential?
January 2012 - Question: If we close the credit union because of the weather, must we pay our employees? **Reprinted from January 2006**
December 2011 - Question: Can we round off our non-exempt employees’ hours worked each day to the nearest quarter hour?
November 2011 - Question: If we decide to prohibit employees from carrying weapons at work, are we required to post a sign saying so?
October 2011 - Question: Must we pay our employees the IRS mileage rate for their business-related travel?
August 2011 - Surely we can prohibit our employees from telling each other their salaries, right?
July 2011 - Question: Do we now need to permit our employees to come to work carrying concealed weapons?
June 2011 - Question: What’s this new GINA law and what do we need to do to comply?
April 2011 - Question: What should we do about employees who text or email while driving on credit union business?
March 2011 - Question: What’s this GINA law? What do we need to do to comply?
February 2011 - Question: Do we need to worry if we have employees dating each other? Should we have a policy prohibiting employees to date? **Reprinted from February 2006**
January 2011 - Question: If we close the credit union because of the weather, must we pay our employees? **Reprinted from January 2006**
December 2010 - Question: If we give our employees $25 gift cards for Christmas, must we include the amount in W2’s?
November 2010 - Question: If an exempt employee stops by the office for 15 minutes on a paid vacation day to finish up a project, do we have to provide another vacation day?
October 2010 - Question: Is there a different minimum wage for persons with certain disabilities?
September 2010 - Question: Any reason we can’t furlough some of our employees as a cost-cutting measure?
August 2010 - We have an applicant who wants us to sponsor him for a work visa—are we required to do this or should we?
July 2010 - Question: Must we really shred credit reports that we’ve received about our employees?
June 2010 - Question: A new no-smoking law? What do we have to do?
May 2010 - Question: One of our employees just married and changed her last name. Do we need to have her fill out a new I-9 along with the other form changes we’re making? **Reprinted from May 2009**
April 2010 - Question: Are we really required to keep track of the hours worked by our exempt as well as our non-exempt employees? Wouldn’t that be used as an indication that we are treating our exempt employees as if they were hourly? **Reprinted from January 2007**
March 2010 - Question: We are thinking of instituting a grooming code—including no tattoos! What are the “rules” we need to consider? **Reprinted from October 2005**
February 2010 - Question: Are we required to conduct OFAC checks of applicants before we hire?
January 2010 - Question: If we close the credit union because of the weather, must we pay our employees? **Reprinted from January 2006**
December 2009 - Question: If we give our employees $25 gift cards for Christmas, must we include the amount in W2’s?
November 2009 - Question: Isn’t it true we have to pay our exempt employees for any week in which they do any work?
October 2009 - Question: Must we pay our employees the IRS mileage rate for their business-related travel?
September 2009 - The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recordkeeping requirements are really onerous. How much information must we keep for how long?
August 2009 - Do we need to compensate our employees who attend chapter meetings?
July 2009 - Question: Does the new WFMLA leave for domestic partners count against the federal FMLA 12 weeks of leave to which our eligible employees are entitled?
June 2009 - **Reprinted from June 2007**
Question: We encourage our employees to volunteer for community service. We don’t have to pay them for that, do we?
May 2009 - Question: One of our employees just married and changed her last name. Do we need to have her fill out a new I-9 along with the other form changes we’re making?
April 2009 - **Updated from May 2006**
Question: What group health insurance continuation rules apply to us? Our Credit Union has 19 (13 full time and 6 half time) employees but only 14 of them have elected to participate in our plan.
March 2009 - **Reprinted from March 2006**
Question: Our credit union is in Green Bay and we have two hourly employees attending an overnight conference in Milwaukee. For how much of that time must we pay them?
February 2009 - **Reprinted from February 2008**
Question: Do we need to have our employees sign the Oath of Office every year?
January 2009 - Question: If we close the credit union because of the weather, must we pay our employees? **Reprinted from January 2006**
November 2008 - Question: Are employees entitled to time off from work to vote?
October 2008 - Question: Can we require our employees to have their paychecks direct deposited into a credit union account?
September 2008 - Question: We have a couple of employees who are very vocal about their political views—one a Democrat and one a Republican. They spend a lot of time every day—time we are paying them to work—talking and debating with each other about their candidates and their positions. And they don’t pay any attention to whether members are within hearing distance. Can we tell them to stop their political talk?
August 2008 - Question: Unfortunately, we recently had to terminate an employee because of some performance issues. What should we tell our other employees or our members who ask where she is?
July 2008 - Question: We have an employee who was hired to work as a part-time (24 hours/week) teller. Our walk-in traffic has increased substantially in the last couple of months and we really need that position to be full-time, at least for awhile. She doesn’t want to work more hours—can we require her to?
June 2008 - Question: Do we need to pay overtime to a non-exempt employee who works overtime that we think is unnecessary and we know is unauthorized? We have a policy that requires hourly employees to obtain supervisor authorization before working overtime.
May 2008 - **Reprinted from May 2005**
Question: Is there any reason our credit union can’t have a policy that we don’t employ people who have filed for bankruptcy in the last seven years?
April 2008 - **Reprinted from April 2005**
Question: Are there any tax implications if we provide extra compensation to our employees who choose not to be covered under our group health insurance plan?
March 2008 - **Reprinted from March 2005**
Question: Do we have any reason for concern if one of our hourly employees is at the credit union several hours a week more than she is scheduled to work?
February 2008 - Question: Do we need to have our employees sign the Oath of Office every year?
December 2007 - **Reprinted from December 2006**
Question: What precautions should we take if we decide to serve alcohol at our credit union’s holiday party?
November 2007 - Question: About the I-9’s: now that there is a new form, do we have to have our current employees submit new ones? What’s different on the revised form? And how long do we have to keep them? Do employees who have taken a leave from employment with us have to complete them when they return?
October 2007 - Question: Can we or should we have a policy that requires our employees to speak English only while they are at work?
September 2007 - Question: Just what breaks and meal periods for our employees must we provide and must we pay for?
August 2007 - Question: Is our credit union covered by affirmative action requirements just because we sell savings bonds?
July 2007 - Question: Our credit union has only 15 employees. One of them recently enlisted in the Army and another who is in the National Guard is about to get called up. They may very well be away for over a year. We need to fill their positions, but then what do we do about rehiring these two employees when they return?
June 2007 - Question: We encourage our employees to volunteer for community service. We don’t have to pay them for that, do we?
May 2007 - Question: If we provide discretionary bonuses to our hourly employees (See the April 2007 QOM), how do we figure overtime?
April 2007 - Question: Must we include bonuses and incentive payments in figuring a nonexempt employee's "regular rate" on which the overtime pay is calculated?
March 2007 - Question: Member confidentiality. What are the credit union's options if it discovers that an MSR has been sharing a member's financial information with his friends even after we specifically reminded him that he had signed an oath promising not to when he was hired?
February 2007 - **Reprinted from February 2006**
Question: Do we need to worry if we have employees dating each other? Should we have a policy prohibiting employees to date?
January 2007 - Question: Are we really required to keep track of the hours worked by our exempt as well as our non-exempt employees? Wouldn’t that be used as an indication that we are treating our exempt employees as if they were hourly?
December 2006 - **Reprinted from December 2005**
Question: What precautions should we take if we decide to serve alcohol at our credit union’s holiday party?
November 2006 - Question: One of our employees is a blogger, and we’re concerned she may blog something that will be harmful to the credit union or our other employees. What can we do about it?
October 2006 - Question: Do either the federal or state Family and Medical Leave Acts (FMLAs) apply to us? We have only 25 employees.
September 2006 - Question: We recently terminated an employee for repeated unexcused absences. Why is he able to collect unemployment compensation?
August 2006 - Question: What’s the difference between a “probationary” period and an “introductory period” for new employees?
July 2006 - Question: Can we offer group health insurance only to our full-time employees, which we define as those who work 40 hours per week?
June 2006 - Question: We are considering hiring a 15-year old and a 17-year old for the summer. What are the main issues we should recognize?
May 2006 - Question: What group health insurance continuation rules apply to us? Our Credit Union has 19 (13 full time and 6 half time) employees but only 14 of them have elected to participate in our plan.
April 2006 - Question: We are considering offering benefits coverage to domestic partners of our employees. What issues do we need to address?
March 2006 - Question: Our credit union is in Green Bay and we have two hourly employees attending an overnight conference in Milwaukee. For how much of that time must we pay them?
February 2006 - Question: Do we need to worry if we have employees dating each other? Should we have a policy prohibiting employees to date?
January 2006 - Question: If we close the credit union because of the weather, must we pay our employees?
December 2005 - Question: What precautions should we take if we decide to serve alcohol at our credit union’s holiday party?
November 2005 - Question: “60 Minutes” just had a story about an employer who is trying to cut health care costs by prohibiting his employees from smoking—at all. Can we do that? 
October 2005 - Question: We are thinking of instituting a grooming code—including no tattoos! What are the “rules” we need to consider?
September 2005 - Question: The local technical college has asked if it can place an intern with us to learn about working in a financial institution. Is this a good idea for our credit union?   
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