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Michigan firm constantly reconsiders benefits

04/10/2014
Managers at Michigan-based Red Level Networks routinely analyze employee benefits in an effort to retain employees. The philosophy of David King, founder and president of the technology company, is that satisfied employees provide outstanding customer service to the firm’s clients.

Develop a process for extending FMLA leave

04/08/2014
Some employees aren’t quite ready to return from FMLA leave after their 12 weeks are up. How you handle their request for extra time can make the difference between winning and losing a discrimination lawsuit.

SC Johnson touts 'respect for life outside work'

04/04/2014
At SC Johnson, work/life benefits are the company’s signal that it respects employees’ lives outside of work.

Does Minnesota require allowing time off for employees to attend school activities?

03/25/2014
Q. One of our employees came in two hours late today, without an advance call. When he got here, he told his supervisor that he needed “school leave” for the morning. Can we discipline him for being late?

Benefits: 6 lessons from great places to work

03/04/2014
Your organization can't compete with the blizzard of benefits—from on-site dry cleaning to gourmet meals—that helped Google top Fortune magazine's new "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. But you can adopt some creative perks offered by the other 99 employers.

6 great perks from Fortune's '100 Best Companies to Work For'

02/27/2014

Google earned the top spot on this year’s Fortune magazine list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in part because of its array of amazing benefits. But the other 99 companies on the magazine’s list offer great perks, too. Which of these might work in your organization?

Pregnancy Discrimination Act

01/13/2014

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 ...

Snapshot: How much vacation?

01/07/2014
Employees with one year of service receive an average of 11 paid vacation days a year, according to a SHRM survey.

Offer temp job to driver too injured to drive?

01/03/2014
Q. Recently, one of our delivery drivers was hurt at home and is now unable to drive. Should we offer alternative employment?

State legislation would bar local sick leave ordinances

01/03/2014
State Rep. Seth Grove has proposed legislation law that would prohibit local municipalities from enacting mandatory leave requirements for employers. Grove’s move comes after Philadelphia’s City Council approved a paid leave ordinance, only to have Mayor Michael Nutter veto it.

'New' paid family leave arrives this summer

12/24/2013
More California employees will be eligible to take paid family leave starting July 1. That’s when grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and parents-in-law will be added to the list of relatives for whom caregiver leave is authorized.

Warn bosses: No griping about pregnancy-related absences

12/24/2013

Some bosses openly resent it when subordinates announce that they’re pregnant. Warn them to never do or say anything that indicates anger, disappointment or annoyance.

Fix leave errors before they become expensive mistakes

12/03/2013
Make sure employees receive the leave they’re entitled to under Cali­­for­­nia’s Fair Employment and Hous­­ing Act (FEHA). If a supervisor terminates an employee under the mistaken belief she’s at-will and can be fired for poor attendance—when she’s really eligible for medical leave—fix the mistake immediately.

10 hot gifts on employees' holiday wish lists

12/02/2013
A year-end bonus isn’t the only way an organization can say “Happy Holidays!” to hard-working employees. Here are 10 alternatives to cash:

FMLA: Military Family Leave

12/01/2013

HR Law 101: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 granted new leave rights to family members of men and women who serve in the military. Because the NDAA amended the FMLA, the changes apply only to employers with 50 or more employees.

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