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Compensation & Benefits

Don’t miss SIMPLE deadline

08/01/2000
If you have 100 or fewer employees, you can set up an uncomplicated retirement plan called a SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees). But there are a couple of key …

Employers sue over tapping unemployment fund for family leave

08/01/2000
This month a U.S. Labor Department regulation is set to take effect allowing states to use unemployment insurance to pay employees who take leave for birth or adoption. But it faces …

Plan for legal consequences of flextime, job sharing

08/01/2000
It’s no secret that offering flextime and job-sharing arrangements can help your company retain valued employees and develop a more committed work …

Men Eligible for ‘Maternity Leave’

08/01/2000

Q. My company offers 10 weeks paid maternity leave. Recently, a male employee asked whether he could take maternity leave. I said no, only women are eligible to take such leave. Was I right? —K.R., Maryland

Pay former workers promptly; don’t wait for them to ask

07/01/2000

Audra Wales called in sick to the Wendy’s restaurant where she worked on Jan. 11 and then showed up later that day to pick up her regular paycheck. During a dispute …

Employee doesn’t need to show actual injury to earn workers’ comp

07/01/2000
When Patsy Evenson, a K-Mart manager, came to the aid of a wheelchair-bound man, she got his blood and feces on her hands. He had HIV, and she had sores on …

Make sure supervisors set a safe example.

07/01/2000
A meat company’s safety rules told workers never to poke their body parts into machinery while it’s operating. But Lynnecia Hagins’ boss often used his hand …

Notify workers quickly that leave counts toward Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time.

07/01/2000
The 6th Circuit has endorsed a Labor Department regulation that says a company can’t count time under the FMLA unless it notifies the worker, within two days …

ADA may require extended leave

07/01/2000
Zenaida Garcia-Ayala missed a lot of work while battling breast cancer. Over a dozen years, she used salary continuation and short-term disability …

Review your FMLA policy in advance of national survey

07/01/2000
Over the next two months, thousands of U.S. businesses will be mailed a government survey asking for how they handle absences under the …