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Will The New Overtime Regs Be a Train Wreck? You Tell Us!

It’s difficult to be in the American workforce right now without hearing about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulations. We want to know what you think about them, how your organization is preparing for them, and what your organization will do once December 1st swings around.

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Unsafe Employees Cannot Be Ignored

Unsafe employees are a risk for everyone and should not be tolerated in the workplace. It seems so obvious when put into writing! But unfortunately, it can be easy to brush problems under the rug and hope for the best (more on that in a minute).

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Ask the Expert: Should Weeks of FMLA Be Used to Calculate Vacation Benefits?

Our company’s policy is that employees need to average 35 hours per week in the previous year to qualify for vacation time. Do weeks taken as unpaid FMLA count as “0 hour” weeks in the calculation of average hours worked, or should they be excluded when we determine vacation benefits?

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Coworker ‘Discourtesies’ Are Not FMLA Retaliation, Says Court

By Kate McGovern Tornone, Editor

While courts have held that various employer actions may constitute retaliation under federal employment laws, coworker “discourtesies” do not rise to that level under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), a federal judge ruled recently.

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Latest Stats Show 64% Of Workers Have Access to Paid Sick Leave

A record number of private-sector employees—64%—now have access to paid sick leave, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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FMLA: Does Your State Make The ‘Grade’?

A new state-by-state analysis shows that few states have expanded upon the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA’s) unpaid leave protections or adopted other policies to help expecting and new parents who are employed. The analysis, “Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws That Help Expecting and New Parents,” is the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and other workplace rights for expecting and new parents in the United States.

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Managing Medical Certifications Under FMLA: What if Employee Isn’t Coming Back?

If an employee unequivocally states she’s not returning to work, your duties under FMLA of job restoration and to maintain health benefits end, subject to your healthcare continuation duties under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

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How to Retain Good Employees Who Feel Stuck

According to a survey we covered yesterday, only 15% of workers feel like they have room to move up the chain or in pay grade at their jobs. When there is no room to grow for employees, especially high-performing ones, they are much more likely to leave the company. Today we’ll look at some of our research into how companies deal with their high-potential employees (HiPos).

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Student Loan Repayment Match: Coming Benefit Trend?

Employers looking to remain competitive in the talent marketplace must stay abreast of the latest trends in salary and benefit offerings. Doing so will help to attract and retain talent in the coming years.

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EBRI Study: Fewer Small Businesses Offering Health Coverage

By David Slaughter, JD, Senior Legal Editor

According to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the proportion of small employers offering health coverage to their workers has declined, but not so with larger employers.

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