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Hello Shirley, I work in the public library and recently our workplace has been infested with bedbugs, specifically speaking, our work area. We have had bedbug sniffing dogs on-site for the last few days. I spoke with my boss about the spreading of these bedbugs. My boss then said that I would have to prove that the bedbugs came from the library in order for the city/library to pay for treatment for the bugs. Is there anything I can do? Treatment for these bugs run in the thousands, and being part time, I would never be able to afford the treatments in my home/car. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jared C.

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Jared if you have had bedbugs in the library and dogs sniffing for them it is already proven that they are there. If your supervisor does not help out I would contact the city council this should be a workman's comp claim. I am sure you have an HR person or benefits person to go to. Go to that person and ask to file a workman comp claim. If that doesn't get you anywhere than go to the city council as they run the library.

If you cannot get anywhere than call the department of labor and explain that this is a workman's compensation problem and your company will not allow you to file a claim.

As a last resort find an attorney that will give you a free consultation and take a case on contingenecy. Sometimes a letter from an attorney will do the job, sometimes you have to sue the city. Contingency means if you don't get any money than the attorney gets no money.

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Shirley McAllister, CPP, PHR

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I can answer questions pertaining to Compensation, Health Benefits, Retirement Plans, Payroll,Payroll taxes, Employee selection, Employee Termination, Training, and Employee Incentives. I have offices in U.S., Canada, UK, South Africa,Australia and NZ. I am most confident in the U.S. and Canadian but have knowledge of the internationals. I do not have extensive knowledge of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. I do have some Human Resource Knowledge in those areas. Please do not ask me homework questions, I do not have time to answer them.

Experience

I currently hold both the U.S. and Canadian Payroll Certifications. I currently hold the SHRM PHR certification. I have worked in the Human Resources area with high emphasis on compensation and benefits for 25 years at the same company. My company is an international company and I work with our International offices whenever there is a Human Resource area needing addressed. I volunteer on the American Payroll Association hotline and have for the last 10 years or so. I answer many questions each week for other payroll and HR professionals, mostly on taxes, benefits and compensation issues. I have been the trustee for our 401K plan for Retirement benefits and our 125 Cafeteria Plan for Health Insurance benefits.

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SHRM, National APA, National DOLEA, State National Mentoring Network I.O.M.A. Advisory Board

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I.O.M.A. BNA

Education/Credentials
Boise State University Human Resource Certificate Program PHR through SHRM CPP through American Payroll Association Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification through Canadian Payroll Association Published writer of Payroll and Benefit articles in a payroll Publication 25 years experience in an International Company

Awards and Honors
Citation of Merit 8 years in a row for hotline service for A.P.A. Honor Award for child mentoring service through RSVP and National Mentoring A "Pat on the Back" award for outstanding leadership as a Youth Group Leader by "The Salvation Army." Runner up for Employee of the Year at my Company twice and Employee of the month 4 times.

Past/Present Clients
I used to answer questions on Ask.com when they had a similar quesition and answer section. I volunteer for APA hotline I also belong to several HR forums when I often answer questions

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