by Lisa Berg
Although it was enacted more than 20 years ago in 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) still presents numerous challenges for employers. Even the most adept and experienced HR professionals make mistakes when administering FMLA leave. In light of changes in the U.S. Department of Labor’s [...]
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by Lisa Berg
by Mark I. Schickman
Advertising is a cool job because there is a legal concept associated with it called “puffing”: You generally can’t sue somebody for advertising that they are great or huge or the best because a consumer has no business believing that stuff anyway. How liberating!
Marking up that 2017 calendar to note important dates and deadlines? Here’s one to note in red—January 31 is National Plan for Vacation Day, a day the people behind an initiative called “Project: Time Off” have set as a day to encourage hardworking and devoted employees to plan some rest and relaxation.
The travel-related industries [...]
Summer—traditionally a time when workers schedule time off and plan trips to exotic or relaxing locales—may have entered a new era. It’s an era of contradictions: As some studies show workers value generous paid time off policies, others indicate that employees are increasingly willing to leave their hard-earned time off on the table.
Some workers [...]
Love it or hate it, paid sick leave is an idea gaining momentum across the country. A handful of states and local governments have passed laws in the last five years guaranteeing the leave for a good many private-sector workers.
Connecticut blazed the trail by enacting a law in 2011 covering “service workers” that went [...]
by Michael Futterman and Jaime Touchstone
Employers have long used paid vacation policies as a compensation benefit and a means of enhancing employee productivity. To keep pace in a competitive hiring market, many start-ups offer employees the right to take “unlimited” paid vacation. While “unlimited vacation” policies do offer certain benefits, the law on such policies [...]
Questions regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can get tricky. For example, if an employee is off work because of a medical condition, can the employer start the FMLA clock ticking even if the employee doesn’t want his time off counted against his FMLA leave allotment?
And what about an exempt employee who has [...]
Many employers interested in promoting a family-friendly workplace want to offer new moms and dads paid time off for parental leave. But they need to keep discrimination concerns in mind if they plan to offer moms more “parental” time than dads. Recently, a group of attorneys was asked about the legality of an employer’s idea [...]
The debate over how employers should handle time off for the Thanksgiving holiday is taking a new twist this year. While the last few holiday seasons have seen more retailers expanding Black Friday to include all or part of Thanksgiving day, this year the backlash is heating up as a number of major players gamble [...]
by Leanne Mehrman, Sal Simao, and Joanna Rich
Much of the country suffered through punishing storms this past winter, and it has already started again. While fresh snowfall on a crisp winter day can be a beautiful thing, snowy and icy driving conditions are usually a little less charming, especially for employers whose [...]