From the October 2009 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

No Work Allowed!

Sidebar to the Experts Corner article "Look Before You Lay Off"

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  • Whistleblowers A whistleblower is any individual providing the SEC with original information related to a possible violation of federal securities law.  The Dodd-Frank Act established a whistleblower program that enables the SEC to reward individuals who voluntarily provide such information.
  • Where Are We Headed? The ultimate compliance goal is to help ensure that everyone associated with an advisory firm acts ethically at all times.  Advisors and RIAs should do the right thing, even when regulators are not looking over their shoulders.

The use of furloughs is increasingly popular throughout many industries, but when employees are furloughed, the employer must make it clear that the employee must not do any work whatsoever. Given the myriad of remote access devices that we all have these days (including laptops, PDAs, e-mail, voice mail), it is likely that some exempt employees will be inclined to check their e-mail, return phone messages, or otherwise "work" while on furlough. However, as exempt employees are entitled to pay for any workweek in which any work is performed, employers should clearly advise that work is not authorized during any furlough period without advance written approval.

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