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I work at a group home for teens with severe behavior disorders. A few months ago I was punched in the face and my glasses broke.  A new eye exam was required and the total was $359.00 for just the lenses. My employer, three months later called around and found a place that would have done it for $145 but had I gone that route I would have been without glasses for 10 to 14 days. However my job is only offering the $145 and aren't saying anything for the eye exam. What can I do?

Unless you have a contract that states you will be compensated for broken items or an insurance company to put in claims with  you have no recourse but to negotiate with the company.

At least they are offering to reimburse part of the cost. My daughter worked in a similar situation and nothing was offered to fix her glasses they told her it was a hazard of the job and she excepted the hazard when she took the job. Needless to say she no longer works there.  

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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR


I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).


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