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Hello Ms. McAllister,

I have a situation I really need some guidance on. I started working for a company about 6 weeks ago. I was work approximately 10 to 12 hours daily enjoying my new job. I received a call on Friday telling me I could no longer work for them because they were not able to verify my previous employment so they had to let me go. I was shocked and confused at the same time.

I contacted my previous employer immediately and found out they did speak with the new employer. I am now out a job. I would like to know if there were any legal violations that I am able to pursue. My whole life has been turned upside down. Do I have any legal recourse?

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What I would do is see if your previous employer would send you a letter verifying your former employment with them. Than I would give this letter to the new company. However, if the new company for some reason is just trying to force you out it still might not help. Maybe you will have to see if your former employer will give your old job back. Sounds like the new employer might not be such a good company to work for.

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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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