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New York’s Employee Leave Laws

01/15/2007

New York employers must contend with an assortment of leave laws in addition to those required by the federal FMLA and the ADA’s reasonable accommodations requirements for employees with disabilities …

California’s Employee Leave Laws

01/15/2007

In addition to complying with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, California employers must wade through a maze of the state’s leave laws, ranging from paid family leave for a serious health condition to time off for school visitations and emergency rescue duty …

Illinois’ Employee Leave Laws

01/15/2007

Illinois employees have enhanced leave options in addition to their rights under the federal FMLA. Employers with 50 or more employees are subject to Illinois’ School Visitation Rights Act, the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act and the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. Also, employers with at least 15 employees must comply with the Illinois Family Military Leave Act …

Texas Law on Employment Discrimination for Participating in Emergency Evacuation

01/15/2007

Anyone who has lived through a rough hurricane season in Texas understands the disruption that an emergency evacuation creates. Such evacuations and subsequent returns cause real hardships for employers. But employees who evacuate their homes and jobs are protected from discriminatory employment actions due to the Texas law on Employment Discrimination for Participating in Emergency Evacuation …

Florida Clean Indoor Air Act

01/15/2007

Florida recently amended its Clean Indoor Air Act to comply with the Florida Health Initiative. The law prohibits smoking in all enclosed indoor workplaces except: private residences or private clubs, retail tobacco shops, smoking-designated guest rooms in hotels and motels, stand-alone bars and designated smoking rooms in airports … 

How to Create Ergonomic Office Workstations

01/03/2007
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Sample Policy: Job Sharing

01/01/2007
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Texans becoming healthier, but still below national average

01/01/2007

If your organization doesn’t have an employee wellness program, a new study provides more incentive to start one. It says that Texas residents, on average, aren’t the healthiest folks in America …

Can we deduct uniform costs from paychecks?

01/01/2007

Q. We require new employees to buy their top uniform from a uniform company. The uniforms vary depending on the position and have the company’s logo on them. The uniform typically costs between $20 and $45 and is a smock, polo shirt or vest. The employees can deduct that amount from their paychecks or pay for it by personal check or credit card. As the HR manager, I take care of this process for them. Is this procedure legal under Texas law? —D.S.

Sample Policy: Holidays

01/01/2007
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