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Hello!  

We are struggling with employees lingering to talk after hours and creating a distraction for employees who are on the clock, consequently lowering our productivity.  Is there any law (federal or in the state of KY) that prohibits this behavior by employees?

Thanks for your help!!

Answer
What you can do to curb this problem is write a company policy that when your shift ends you need to leave the building. If you write the company policy, explain that the policy is being written because those still working need to concentrate on their work. Give a copy of the policy to every employee.  You might also state in the policy that workman's comp only covers while the employee is working and does not cover when you are off work, in order to be in compliance with workman's comp we need you to leave as soon as you are finished working.
Write it in the policy that failure to comply with this or any other company policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.


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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR

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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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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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