Tag: Furloughs

Zoomers Putting in Long Hours

The stereotype that young people have less work ethic than their older colleagues isn’t new, but it also isn’t specific to Gen Z. This perception that younger generations have it easier or don’t work as hard likely dates back to prehistory. But, in the modern workplace, there’s strong evidence that stereotype is flat-out wrong. Generational […]


As Weather Cools Down, WARN Act Lawsuits Likely to Heat Up

The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employers, with no clear end in sight. While the prospect of a functioning vaccine may have to wait for a while, a spike in Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act litigation may be on the horizon.


Furloughed vs. Fired

By the time you read this article, you have probably already been personally affected by the economic ramifications of the coronavirus. Many organizations have already begun rounds of terminations. Others have opted for mandatory furloughs for employees. Still others have opted for some combination of the above, along with other measures, to keep them afloat […]

Shutdowns, Furloughs and Weather Delays—Wage/Hour Minefields

Business Shutdowns and Furloughs It should be no surprise that many employers have sought creative work arrangements in order to weather bleak times without resorting to morale-killing layoffs. Furloughs, temporary shutdowns, and reduced-hour schedules are common workplace solutions. However, the intricacies of the FLSA make these solutions tricky. The salary basis test is not satisfied […]

Set Boundaries to Make PTO Work

Marques, an associate in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP, offered her PTO tips at a recent webinar sponsored by BLR® and HR Hero®. Make sure that all parts of the company are on the same page. Payroll, posted policies, and employment handbooks should all agree, says Marques. Make sure the payroll […]

Be Up-Front When Communicating Pay-Cutting Strategies

There was a popular song in the 1970s telling listeners that the hardest word to say is “sorry.” You may agree with that, generally speaking. But for those who are less musically inclined, and those whose companies are suffering in the current bleak economy, different words likely come to mind: Words like “layoff,” “furlough,” or […]

Tips for Minimizing Risk When Cutting Labor Costs

by Mark Wiletsky Although we’re beginning to see signs of an economic recovery, many organizations are still grappling with how to stay competitive in this challenging environment. Layoffs, furloughs, and other methods used to cut personnel costs are often part of the equation. But the savings gained by those cost-cutting measures can be lost if […]

In States Where Unemployment Rates Rise, Employer Costs May Follow

According to the most recent Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state and regional unemployment rates continued their upward climb throughout the month of March. Forty-six states reported unemployment rate increases in March, and all 50 states and the District of Columbia have higher rates than they did […]