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New Leave Laws for New Dads
Beginning in April, Massachusetts employers will be required to provide unpaid paternity leave to male employees. The question now, experts say, is not whether more states will follow suit, but whether employers and HR will eventually be obliged to offer paid leave to new fathers.
Apr 1, 2015
The Wisdom of Paid Time Off
A conversation with employee-wellness expert Bob Merberg reveals that paid leave -- a topic President Obama brought up in his State of the Union in January as he pushed for passage of the Healthy Families Act -- is not only beneficial for workers and their families, but good for employers too.
Mar 9, 2015
Sick-Leave Policies
Question: We are a company based in New York and have been receiving a lot of inquiries from employees about the New York City Earned Sick Time Act. They think it entitles them to five extra days of earned sick time, but we already have our own sick-time policy. Do we have to give our employees five extra days of sick time?
Sep 24, 2014
Focusing on Family-Caregiver Discrimination
While a steadily growing number of working Americans report they are caring for elderly and ailing parents, the number of employees claiming they were treated unequally because of their caregiver status rose by nearly 400 percent in recent years. What can HR do to ensure organizations avoid such discrimination claims?
Feb 10, 2014
Navigating the Benefits Landscape
In preparation for her closing-session presentation at HRE's Health & Benefits Leadership Conference in March, our benefits columnist invited colleague and program chair Jen Benz to review the employee-benefits highlights of the past year and project what lies ahead in 2014.
Jan 13, 2014 Nov 5, 2013
HR's Crystal Ball
Data analytics allows HR to expand its scope from collecting static data to making predictive and strategic analysis.
Jun 12, 2013
Obama's Budget Outlines Worker-Protection Priorities
When President Barack Obama's 2013 budget was released in February, there were some areas of consideration and concern for employers and HR professionals tucked into the 256-page document.
Apr 2, 2012
Budget Outlines Obama's Worker-Protection Priorities
The Obama administration's proposed 2013 budget continues to stress stepped-up enforcement of worker-protection laws at various federal agencies. It provides for more hiring at the DOL, continues to focus on possible employee misclassification issues and seeks to encourage state paid-leave initiatives.
Feb 22, 2012
Talking up Flexibility
Work/life balance is drawing more attention from the White House and other policymakers as research continues to show that the issue has an impact on the decisions of working families. A recent conference brought together representatives from the administration, military, academia and corporate America to attempt to drive the discussion onward.
Dec 6, 2010
Putting Workplace Safety First
Family leave, paid sick days and overtime pay may be important to workers. But these issues are easily trumped by workplace safety in the minds of many. So suggests a just-released study by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Oct 16, 2010
Putting Workplace Safety First
Employees place workplace safety as their most important labor issue -- more than family leave, minimum wage, overtime pay or paid-sick days. Under pressure from their employers to be more productive, workers may be opting to bypass safety mechanisms that are in place. HR leaders may want to revisit safety incentives and training programs.
Sep 14, 2010
'Game-Changing' FMLA Revisions
The decision of the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the definition of "son and daughter" under the Family and Medical Leave Act could be a game changer for employers on a few levels.
Sep 2, 2010
Weed at Work
With a growing number of states decriminalizing medical marijuana, employers find themselves faced with a legal dilemma.
Aug 1, 2010
DOL's 'Game-Changing' FMLA Revisions
New guidelines from the Department of Labor portend a change in how organizations may deal with which employees are eligible to take unpaid FMLA leave. What does HR need to know to remain compliant?
Jul 7, 2010
Fathers in the Workplace
New academic research suggests that newly-minted working fathers face unseen stress in the workplace after the birth of a child. Experts say a greater understanding of work/life balance for employees is the key to equal treatment of new parents.
Jul 2, 2010
Labor Issues Loom Large
With an increased emphasis on thwarting unemployment-insurance fraud and cracking down on companies that improperly classify workers as independent contractors, President Barack Obama's 2011 budget has plenty of items that should get the attention of any HR executive.
Apr 1, 2010
Labor Issues Loom Large
More money allocated toward enforcing labor laws -- including those regulating employee classification, safety and payment of unemployment insurance -- could force companies to clean up their acts. Or would it be more likely to hinder today's No. 1 economic issue: job creation? President Obama's proposed budget also addresses retirement issues and workforce-readiness training.
Feb 19, 2010
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