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Philadelphia mayor signs paid sick leave bill

03/03/2015
Effective May 13, Philadelphia em­­ployers of 10 or more must provide one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours an employee works. Mayor Michael Nutter had twice vetoed similar legislation, fearing that the mandate would burden city employers still emerging from the recession.

Texas homebuilder brings employees on 'mission trips'

02/26/2015
After a year on the job at Beten­­bough Homes in Lubbock, Texas, employees may accompany execs and colleagues on an all-expense-paid “mission trip.”

When new employee quits, can we deduct vacation time she took but never earned?

02/18/2015
Q. We permit our employees to take two weeks of advanced vacation before accruing vacation hours. When an employee takes advanced vacation, we typically reduce the employee’s negative vacation balance as the employee later accrues vacation. Unfor­­tu­­nately, we recently had an employee quit before accruing sufficient vacation time to correct her outstanding balance. May we deduct the negative balance from her final paycheck?

St. Paul mayor touts paid leave before State of the Union

02/18/2015
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talked up the city’s paid leave program at the White House just ahead of Presi­­dent Obama’s State of the Union. Effective Jan. 1, city employees may now take paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Birth parents receive four weeks of paid leave.

Perks at digital marketing firm encourage employee creativity

02/18/2015

Employees of Boston-based C-4 Analytics joke that they “already get to play on Facebook all day” as part of their work as digital marketers, says managing partner Michael Weiss. Yet execs have woven time into employee schedules to get them away from their workstations to “recharge their creativity and focus.”

Volunteer emergency responders in New York now entitled to leave

02/09/2015
As of Dec. 22, 2014, employers in New York must grant leave to employees who also serve as volunteer emergency responders during times when the governor has declared a state of emergency or if a federal emergency has been declared.

All the benefits of vacation, none of the sun and sand

02/06/2015
A British hypnotherapist is offering sessions designed to help stressed out workers “feel as refreshed and revitalised as they do after a two-week break.”

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

01/30/2015

HR Law 101: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) of 1978 prohibits discrimination on the basis of "pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions." Employers can't deny a woman a job or a promotion merely because she's pregnant or has had an abortion ...

How to implement California's new Paid Sick Leave Law

01/26/2015
Last month, we provided background information on Cali­­for­­nia’s new Paid Sick Leave Law. This month, we follow up with critical information on how you need to implement the law.

White House pushes for paid sick, family leave

01/21/2015
The Obama administration has unveiled a series of proposals to provide paid family leave for new parents and seven days of paid sick leave for all American workers.

Questions and answers about California's new Paid Sick Leave law

12/24/2014

The newly enacted Healthy Work­­places, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires California employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, starting on July 1. This is the first of a two-part series designed to get you up to speed on exactly what the new law requires.

Beyond the basics, which holidays will we observe next year?

12/21/2014
In 2015, almost all employers plan to give workers the day off on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. What about other holidays?

Let it snow! But make sure you know how to pay employees

12/08/2014
Parts of New York were inundated with feet of snow well before Thanksgiving. Buffalo businesses have dug out from under the lake effect by now, but they may still be dealing with lingering pay issues. Will you be similarly affected—and are your pay policies ready?

Holiday scheduling for 2015: Compare your closing plans

12/04/2014
Is your organization offering too many (or too few) holidays off work for your employees? To compare your closing plans with those of other U.S. employers, review these findings of the 2015 Holiday Schedules survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ...

Will you do your part to save the travel industry? Take that paid vacation

11/13/2014
American workers take only 77% of available paid vacation leave each year, forfeiting a total of 169 million days worth $52.4 billion, according to the U.S. Travel Association. It’s worried about this state of affairs.
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