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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.

Never mind Senate Republicans: Supreme Court could scuttle ACA

11/11/2014
The Republican takeover of the Senate may not spell the downfall of the Affordable Care Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court could still cripple it.

HR lexicon: What's a pre-cation?

10/29/2014
Possibly the greatest perk you’ve never heard of: paid vacation that new hires can take before reporting for work at their new organizations.

'Happy' receptionists get five-week, paid sabbatical

10/14/2014
Happy receptionists make a good first impression on clients, say execs at Ruby Receptionists in Portland, Ore., who are trying their best to keep their staff of virtual receptionists smiling.

New York employees entitled to voting leave Nov. 4

10/08/2014
The midterm election on Nov. 4 won’t draw as many employees away from their desks as a presidential election, but it’s still important to know if they must be given leave to vote—and be paid for it.

Election Day is Nov. 4: Know your state's voting-leave law

10/03/2014
The midterm election on Nov. 4 won’t draw as many employees away from their desks as a presidential election, but it’s important to know if they must be given leave to vote—and paid for it.

California Legislature passes mandatory paid sick leave bill

09/19/2014
On Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in the early morning hours and amid controversy among labor supporters, the California Legislature passed a bill that provides workers with three paid sick days per year. Gov. Jerry Brown enthusiastically endorsed the bill’s passage and signed it into law on Sept. 10.

Court to decide: Is PTO a property right?

09/19/2014
Public employers have greater con­sti­­tutional obligations to their employees than private employers do. Public employers have to give employees some sort of due process before termination because a job is a protected property interest. Now a court is considering whether changing the terms of a PTO bank is also protected.

New Minnesota law aims to close gender gap in the workplace

09/17/2014
With great fanfare, Minnesota’s new Women’s Economic Secu­­rity Act was signed into law on Mother’s Day in May 2014. WESA is aimed at closing the gender gap by breaking down barriers to economic progress for women. It creates a number of new legal requirements and amends various existing laws.

Brooklyn Park, Minn. mulls statute requiring paid parental leave

09/17/2014
Brooklyn Park may become the first city in Minnesota to offer paid parental leave to its employees.

Court OKs PTO for exempt employees' partial-day absences

08/29/2014
Employers often confuse the strict rules limiting the docking of exempt employees’ salary with different rules relating to partial-day deductions under vacation or paid time off policies.

Vacations: When we do take them, they're too brief

08/21/2014
According to the U.S. Travel Association, 61% of employees leave three or more vacation days on the table every year, and they’re less likely to use up those days if they’re allowed to carry them over to the following year.
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