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Can I get in trouble because my employee runs a betting pool?


There’s a guy on my team who runs a betting pool every Friday for Sunday football games, for anyone in the office who wants to participate. Isn’t this illegal? As a manager, if I let this continue, can I get in trouble?

I wonder if any readers are old enough to remember “The Odd Couple” on television, where Felix denounced his roommate Oscar and his friends for playing a weekly poker game? When the judge found out it was a game of nickels and dimes, he kicked everyone off the field!

Now, if your employee works next door to DraftKings, that’s one thing, but if everyone is having a good time contributing a few dollars to a weekly pool and no one is asking for an advance on their salary because they keep lose. , so no, the chances of you getting in trouble are still lower than the Giants’ chances of winning the Super Bowl this year.

It is the employer’s duty to ensure that everyone feels safe in the workplace.

My office building is next to a synagogue, and every day for the past few weeks there have been noisy protesters outside because of the conflict in the Middle East. I don’t feel safe and the stress is overwhelming me. I don’t want to come into the office. Can my employer force me to come if I feel threatened?

I think we can all agree that what is happening in the Middle East is a tragedy and that having to deal with it every day is indeed stressful.

Employers have a duty to create a safe working environment for their staff. I don’t know what, if anything, your employer could do to ensure safe passage to and from your office, but whether it’s safety concerns, stress, or both, you need to talk to your employer of what you feel. . Ask if there is an accommodation that would be acceptable to the company – perhaps working remotely for a period of time would be a possibility.

You should also consult a doctor if stress is having such an impact on you. Take good care.

Gregory Giangrande has over 25 years of experience as a human resources director. Listen to Greg Wed. at 9:35 a.m. on iHeartRadio 710 WOR with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. Email: GoToGreg@NYPost.com. Follow: GoToGreg.com and on Twitter: @GregGiangrande



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