What to do about an alledged conflict of interest at work?

I am the financial officer at a non-profit. As part of my job I produce all employee’s paychecks. My wife was hired to work at an office 24 miles away from the one I’m in (also in a different town and county). While she was training under a 90 day probation period she was injured on the job. My wife was put on leave until a worker’s comp doctor released her to return to work. After being released, the supervisor of her department informed her that her previous position had been filled, but she would be eligible for the position if it became available again. It is now available, however they won’t let her return to work because my printing her paycheck would create a conflict of interest for me. Would this create such a conflict for me?

Asked on September 11, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your printing of your wife's paycheck would not cause any conflict of interest for you at work. You are an employee with your wife for the same company you both work for. The conflict of interest assertion is a "ruse" to keep your wife from returning to work.

For your employer to not have a position open for your wife after she returns from a work related injury is illegal under the laws of all states in this country. I suggest that you and your wife consult with a labor law attorney and/or a representative with your local department of labor about the matter you have written about.


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