Ask A Lawyer: Office Points, Divorce, Separation & Custody

GREENSBORO, NC – There are just a few issues that we need a lawyer to guide us with. Tonight on 2WTK Nicole Patino from the offices of Fred T. Hamlet and Hilary Hux of Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson will be here to text answer your questions. Send your questions to 336-379-5775.

Frequently asked questions about family law:

Are the courts open at the moment?

What can I do if I disagree with the other parent of my child about how to deal with ____________? (Insert: distance school v. Personal school v. Private school; whether it is appropriate to take certain risks or precautionary measures, e.g. traveling / masks / eating out; having our child vaccinated)

How long does a divorce last? (Must be separated for one year) Will I be separated if my spouse and I live in separate bedrooms?

Do courts prefer mothers to fathers? (in relation to custody)


Can your employer get you to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Generally, employees can be hired by their employer at will to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to be able to work in their company. There are exceptions, however.

If you have COVID-19 on the job, you can receive employee compensation. But if you choose not to come back to work, things aren’t that black and white.

FFCRA Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), only certain employers are required to grant their employees paid sick leave or extended medical leave due to COVID-19.

Insured employers are public or private employers with fewer than 500 employees, and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees may be exempt from tax in certain circumstances. This means that most employers with 51 to 499 employees will be affected by this particular sick leave, but the rest will not.

Can my employer make me sick or use vacation time?

“The government believed that employers with more than 500 employees would give their workers sick leave without getting into trouble. The government wanted these big employers to do the right thing, whether or not they do it is up to them, ”said Nicole Patino, attorney at Fred T. Hamlet’s law firm.

A viewer asked 2WTK:
Please check whether employees are sent home and not paid for COVID problems !!!!!! Or to be made to use the vacation time.

Patino says if the shop is closed for cleaning due to COVID, the employer may be able to request that the employee use their vacation time or unpaid time. In North Carolina, when a facility is closed, for example due to inclement weather, the law does not allow employees who are unpaid to pay.

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