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Survey says, ‘Take off!’ You need a vacation!

If you haven’t taken a vacation in the past year, you’re not alone. An August survey found that 42% of U.S. workers had not taken any vacation time off in the preceding 12 months.

Less than half of HR took their allotted PTO

New research from Qualtrics shows that, due to an increased workload, less than half (49%) of HR professionals took their allotted PTO time last year. But help is on the way.

Consider adding unlimited PTO to benefits package

About 20% of U.S. employers offer unlimited paid time off to at least some employees, according to the Mercer consulting firm’s Survey on Absence and Disability Management. With the battle to attract and retain talent raging, now might be a good time to explore adding unlimited PTO to your benefits portfolio.

Most employers expanded paid sick leave in recent years

More than two-thirds of U.S. employers (68%) say they’ve expanded their paid sick-leave policies during the past two years, according to a new Littler survey of 1,300 employers.

Dems push for more covid paid leave

A group of 15 Democratic senators wants to restore a requirement to provide paid sick leave and caregiver leave for employees affected by covid.

ADA: Consider new schedule before leave

Under the ADA, disabled employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations that allow them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Generally, employers get to choose the accommodation they prefer. But to survive a lawsuit, that accommodation better permit them to actually work if at all possible.

Paid family and medical leave back in BBB bill passed by House

A scaled-down provision for paid family and medical leave that had been previously stripped from the $2 trillion Build Back Better Act made it into the final version passed by the House of Representatives on Nov. 19. Odds are the entitlement will not survive once the Senate finishes with the legislation.

Employment law: What’s out, what’s in revised reconciliation bill

The Build Back Better budget reconciliation legislation that has languished in Congress for months has been scaled back to make it more affordable. Some employment-related initiatives have been tweaked, while others remain part of the package.

Amazon’s leave fiasco could trigger worker skepticism

Amazon got lots of public heat last week after a New York Times report detailed major glitches in the company’s handling of employees’ paid and unpaid leave. The result: Paycheck errors shortchanged workers at nearly 180 Amazon locations for years.

Apply leave policy equally to all employees

You probably have a well-defined leave policy that gives employees time off for vacations, illness and tending to personal business. Whether you provide separate pots of leave or lump it all into paid and unpaid time off, your leave policy must treat all employees equally.