St. Paul paid sick leave law takes effect next July

St. Paul’s city council has unanimously approved the Earned Safe and Sick Time ordinance granting more than a week of paid sick leave to all employees in the city. The ordinance takes effect on July 1, 2017.

Push for paid parental leave takes off

Prepare for the likelihood that soon, you may have to begin providing some form of paid leave.

Is use-it-or-lose-it vacation policy legal in Pa.?

Q. Our company’s vacation policy says that terminated employees are not paid for vacation days that they accrued during their employment. Is that legal?

DOL: Workers' comp flaws increase poverty

Working people who are injured on the job risk falling into poverty because many state workers’ compensation systems don’t provide adequate benefits.

Contractors must provide paid sick leave on contracts starting Jan. 1

Government contractors must provide up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees working on federal contracts.

Must we grant time off for drug rehab in Texas?

Q. An employee recently tested positive for drugs during a random drug screening that we periodically administer to ensure that our employees are able to safely operate our systems. The employee admitted that he regularly used drugs, and would like to take several weeks off to participate in a rehabilitation program. Does Texas law require us to grant him time off?

Federal contractors will soon have to provide paid sick leave

The Office of Management and Budget has signed off on a Labor Department rule requiring federal contractors to grant employees at least seven days of paid sick leave per year.

San Diego sick pay ordinance goes into effect

In addition to setting a new minimum wage, a new San Diego ordinance requires employers to provide sick pay benefits to employees.

CDC: Sick leave cuts illness at work up to 10%

The correlation between available time off and lower flu rates in locations that mandate sick leave are dramatic.

Are we required to grant leave for holidays and pay extra if employees have to work?

Q. Several of my employees have asked me about which holidays they have time off, and if that time will be paid. Do I have to give my employees any time off for holidays? If so, must it be paid time off?

Under California law, do victims of domestic violence have unique leave rights?

Q. We suspect that one of our employees is a victim of domestic violence. What are the leave requirements for domestic violence victims under California law?

Download this all-states chart on short-term child care leave laws

Does your state require you to provide employees with short-term leave?

Paid sick leave ordinance takes effect for Los Angeles employers

Starting on July 1, 2016, a new Los Angeles city ordinance began requiring Los Angeles employers with 26 or more employees to provide paid sick leave benefits. Employers with fewer than 26 employees must do so as of July 1, 2017.

Ensure staff understand leave accrual, payouts

Employers must keep careful track of accrued vacation time employees use and vacation time accrued but unused. That’s particularly true for employers that operate in California and one or more other states.

Sick leave? OK to ask for doctor's note

Employers can, and should, ask for appropriate medical documentation to back up requests for time off. If not received, the worker can be disciplined.
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