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Smaller employers in California might have to offer parental leave

04/24/2017
A California Senate bill (S.B. 63) would expand the California Family Rights Act to businesses with as few as 20 employees.

Snapshot: Who should pay for paid leave?

04/18/2017
An overwhelming percentage of Americans believe employers—not the government—should bear the cost.

Regulations proposed for New York's new paid family leave program

04/12/2017
The New York State Workers’ Compensation Board has unveiled proposed regulations for the state’s new Paid Family Leave law. It is intended to complement the existing state disability insurance program.

SHRM: No real increase in paid family leave

04/06/2017
A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management indicates the move by tech giants Netflix, Microsoft and Amazon to provide paid family leave programs was more flash in the pan than watershed.

How much time off to donate kidney?

03/29/2017
Q. I am a small employer. One of my employees plans to donate a kidney to her sibling. She will need to take time off for the surgery and recovery. How much time can she take off? Must it be paid?

Must I grant time off for employee to participate in firefighter training?

03/29/2017
Q. An employee who is a volunteer firefighter wants to take two weeks off to engage in related trainings. That seems like a lot of time to miss. Must I allow him to take this time off?

Can we refuse to pay out accrued vacation if employee suddenly quits?

03/23/2017
Q. Our company policy is not to pay an employee for unused vacation time if the employee resigns without giving the required two weeks’ notice. A former employee has challenged this policy and is threatening to take the company to court. Is this policy lawful?

Do we have to keep job open for Minn. employee on extended jury duty?

03/23/2017
Q. We are a small business and cannot afford to have employees out for extended leaves. One of our employees will be on jury duty for a trial that we’re told could continue for at least a month. Do we have to keep her job open to her when the trial is over?

Minnesota legal update: Minimum wage, leave ordinances

03/23/2017
While much of the nation is focused on what changes may be coming to the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC, employers would do well to also pay attention to changes at the state level.

Minn. statehouse mulls paid leave: Replace Twin Cities laws?

03/23/2017
With paid sick leave ordinances set to take effect July 1 in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Minnesota state legislature is firing back.

Is unlimited vacation actually an invisible collar?

03/23/2017
An unlimited vacation policy can make ambitious high performers wary of appearing to be more absent than the person in the next cubicle.

Paid leave can be adverse employment action

03/03/2017
It seems counter-intuitive, but putting someone on paid administrative leave can be an adverse employment action and the basis for a lawsuit.

Discretionary leave OK as long as it's equitable

02/09/2017
Do you have a program that allows some employees to take additional leave after they have exhausted FMLA leave and their earned sick and vacation time off? That’s fine, as long as you set reasonable parameters for taking leave and enforce the rules fairly.

Can I cap how much vacation employees can accrue and still comply with California law?

01/30/2017
Q. My employees receive one week of paid vacation per year. Since I cannot have a use-it-or-lose-it policy, can I just cap vacation accrual at five days?

Half of employees leave vacation days on the table

01/04/2017
Fifty-two percent of Americans who get paid vacation time said they would not use all their allotted time in 2016.
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