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Compensation & Benefits

Maternity leave from long ago can affect benefits now

08/01/2000
Check your retirement plan to see if it gave proper service credit to women who took maternity leave before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act …

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

Limits on payroll deductions

07/01/2000

Q. An employee has not returned our calls or come to work at our hotel for over a week. She has a set of office keys and owes money for laundry. Can I hold her check until she returns the keys or pays for her laundry? Alternatively, can I deduct the cost of replacing the keys and laundry from her last paycheck? —I.C., Maryland

Recover training costs

07/01/2000

Q. Can we require an employee to sign an agreement to reimburse the company for half the expenses related to training, if the employee resigns within six months? —S.D., Northern Marianas

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 …