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  • During the pandemic, what does an employer do when an employee leaves MA? (4/5/2021) Q:  I run a small consulting firm.  During the pandemic, many of our employees have relocated outside of Massachusetts.  Sometimes to a parent’s home or sometimes to a vacation home.  What is our responsibility as an employer, from a payroll … Continued
  • No facial covering in the office, now a warning (3/22/2021) Q: I am furious.  My office has recently asked a small number of us return to the office, after working from home for almost one year.  I have a private office, but most of the time there are only a … Continued
  • Navigating a Zoom Happy Hour (3/15/2021) Q:  I have had several interviews with one company.  They are sending serious signs that I may receive a job offer.  I have been told that they have it narrowed down to two final candidates. I was told that usually … Continued
  • Harassment over a video conference? (3/1/2021) Q:  I recently participated in a Zoom event, which was paid for by my company, but coordinated, sponsored and delivered by one of our vendors.  During the event, this one participant who worked for this vendor, started chatting and messaging … Continued
  • Question marks? Can my employer force me to take the vaccine or return to the office? (2/1/2021) Q:  I work for a small professional services firm. Most of us have been working remotely but rotating through the office, based on a schedule.  Now with more and more people receiving the vaccine, I am feeling more pressure to … Continued
  • Can my employer change my hours? (1/25/2021) Q:  My employer has continued to remain profitable thankfully.  We all have jobs despite seeing many jobs go away in 2020 and 2021.  I have a question though.  As we return to the workplace, slowly and safely, our employer is … Continued
  • Videoconferencing etiquette (1/18/2021) Q: I am working remotely for the foreseeable future.  My gripe is very much of a 2020-2021 gripe.  We have several weekly Zoom calls.  Many of my colleagues don’t show their faces, even though that is preferred by most.  I … Continued
  • When a student has to acquire leadership skills (12/28/2020)   Q: My son is a freshman at a liberal arts college in New England.  He is looking at internships, which list “demonstrated leadership skills” as a requirement.  My question is how does a freshman college student acquire leadership skills … Continued
  • Returning to the workplace in 2021 (12/21/2020) Q:  In early 2021 I expect that I will be asked to work from the office again.  I will admit my employer is very stringent about safety precautions and COVID-19 protocol.  However, I am nervous.  I know some of my … Continued
  • College, career and COVID (11/23/2020) Q:  My daughter was just accepted early decision to the school of her dreams (which shall remain nameless for the purposes of this column).  She is nervous about starting college in the middle of a pandemic.  With vaccines on the … Continued