Bad-weather absences: When must you pay exempt employees?


The snow's coming down pretty good and an exempt employee calls to say she can't make it in today because her car is stuck. Can you deduct a full day's pay from her salary for that missed day? What if she's non-exempt? What if you close work because of bad weather? Here's guidance to help you make the call.

Holiday scheduling for 2016: Compare your closing plans with other employers

Does your organization close down for President's Day? How about Good Friday or the day after Thanksgiving? To compare your holiday closing plans with those of other U.S. employers on various religious and secular holidays, review the findings of a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ...

Make sure medical leave requests funnel through HR

Elizabeth took intermittent leave after hurting her back in an auto accident. Eventually, her boss told her she wouldn’t get a raise for poor attendance ...

The gift of time: Is unlimited vacation leave right for your company?

In the all-out battle to recruit and retain the best qualified, most highly motivated and loyal workforce, more organizations are experimenting with taking a radically flexible approach to monitoring employees’ vacation and personal leave—or even abandoning such tracking entirely.

Make clear in handbook whether or not vacation pay survives termination

Employers that want to limit payouts for accrued vacation pay on discharge should make it clear that this will happen. Include the limitation in the employee handbook and make sure employees know the limitation is there by getting their acknowledgment that they read and understood the handbook.

Pittsburgh enacts law granting paid sick leave

Pittsburgh has passed a sweeping ordinance granting paid sick leave to employees of almost every private employer based in the city. The ordinance covers both full- and part-time workers.

Unlimited vacation has bottom-line benefit

A handful of employers let workers take as much time off as they want, as long as the work gets done. While most of those companies view unlimited vacation as a great perk that helps reward and retain talented and hard-working employees, there’s another reason to offer it.

D.C. bill would provide 16 weeks of paid leave, the most in U.S.

Legislation before the Washington, D.C., City Council would grant District residents 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave, the most generous leave mandate in the nation.

Take off (or not): Paid leave is relatively rare

Almost every employer offers employees a handful of paid holidays. Otherwise, less than half of employers offer paid leave benefits.

DOL grants to fund research on paid sick and family leave

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau has awarded $1.55 million in grants to eight state and local employment and labor departments to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country.

Executive order grants paid sick leave to fed contractors' employees

President Obama picked Labor Day to announce an executive order requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees, including 300,000 workers who currently have no paid leave.

California's paid sick leave amendment requires 3 days' leave per year


An amendment to California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 requires employers to offer employees three days or 24 hours of paid sick leave per year. The original law required employers to provide at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, or to provide an up-front allocation of at least 24 hours. The accrual requirement created a big headache, since most employers do not accrue paid time off on a per-hour basis.

The paid leave movement marches on

Paid sick leave is quickly catching on as a must-have benefit, driven by both government mandates and business realities. But is there a downside?

Late returning from leave? No extension request? Feel free to fire

Employers sometimes worry about terminating an employee who hasn’t showed up for work when her approved leave expires. That shouldn’t be a problem if you previously made it clear that it’s the employee’s responsibility to keep you updated with their status and to ask for an extension if necessary.

Virgin's paid parental leave: Innovation or stunt?

British business mogul and Virgin CEO Richard Branson is in the news again for a new workplace policy granting a full year of paid parental leave to employees of Virgin Management, the investment arm of the Virgin Group. 
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