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. 

After exempt employee uses up paid leave, what do we do when he misses work again?

Q. I have a salaried employee who used all his vacation and sick time. He is allowed a total of 21 days and has used 22. He wants to take more vacation in Novem­­ber and is always sick (so he’ll probably be out more). Can I deduct from his pay if he’s out more? Or can I take days from next year? This may be an ongoing thing every year.

Minneapolis mayor Hodges calls for more worker-friendly policies

In her second State of the City address, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called for more regular work schedules, more overtime pay and greater access to paid sick days.

As military-leave season nears, plan now for reservists' absence

Summer is usually when employees who belong to the National Guard and military Reserves give their two weeks of duty to Uncle Sam. Some military-connected employees may be deployed for longer periods of time. Now is the time to prepare for their absence.

Denver company pays its employees to relax and disconnect

Bart Lorang, founder and CEO of cloud-based contact-management app firm FullContact in Denver, pays each of his employees $7,500 extra each year to go on vacation.

Vodafone maternity leave policy sets gold standard

Starting April 1, Vodafone employees may take up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave—and be able to work 30-hour weeks at full pay for six months after they return to work.

What's the head count that brings ACA into play?

Q. Please clarify the number of employees it takes to place a company under the obligation of Obama­­care. Our insurance carrier said it had been increased from 50 employees to 100.

How much leave can workers take to attend their kids' school activities?

Q. One of my employees asked me if she could use a few hours of her personal time off to leave work early and attend her daughter’s grade school band recital. What’s the law on this?

What leave must we provide for em­­ployees who are victims of domestic violence?

Q. An employee notified me that she was a victim of domestic violence and needs to take some time off work. What leave am I required to allow her?

More answers on California's new Paid Sick Leave Law

Employers are still adjusting to the requirements under California’s Paid Sick Leave Law. This month, we offer even more information to help you comply.

Consider extended leave as accommodation if disabled employee is likely to return to work

Before rejecting a disabled employee’s request for additional time off as a reasonable accommodation, consider whether the time would allow the employee to return. If not, you probably won’t have to provide the additional leave.
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