Salary workers better off than hourly?

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Question from Betsy: I am a salaried worker. What does that really mean? Do I have more flexibility in my schedule from week to week? What are the legal safeguards for salaried exempt employees when it comes to medical time off?
Answers - Barbara Hoffman The fact that you are paid a set salary instead of hourly should have no effect on your rights under laws such as the ADA and most states' anti-discrimination laws. The most important factor is whether the company has to obey those laws and that's related to how many employees the company has. So for example, the FMLA covers employers who have at least 50 workers. The ADA covers employers who have at least 15 workers. State laws vary significantly.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Working During Treatment featured Barbara Hoffman, J.D., Irene Card, and moderator Ruth Oratz, M.D., F.A.C.P. answering your questions about the legal, financial, physical, and emotional aspects of working during breast cancer treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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