Are the holiday blues a diversity issue? At first thought, the busyness and stress of the holiday season doesn’t seem directly related to workplace diversity, but delve a little deeper, and the connection becomes clear.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently had the chance to review an award of unemployment benefits to a bus driver who didn’t drive kids to school for 3 days during Thanksgiving week. The court’s decision surprised us, and it may surprise you, too.
by Bonnie M. Boryca The end of the year brings various obligations for employers, along with the opportunity to spread holiday cheer to employees, whether it’s through end-of-year bonuses, time off from work, or company-hosted holiday parties. Unfortunately, examples of litigation arising out of holiday parties are not hard to find. Company-sponsored parties frequently lead […]
by Julie A. Moore Even without the eggnog fog and the distracting visions of sugar plums dancing through everyone’s heads at this time of year, the holidays can be a tricky time for complying with employment laws related to wage and hour and leave issues. Here are some FAQs we typically see from HR professionals […]
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! HR is supposed to be different, right? […]
by Jodi R. Bohr As we put another year is in the books and look toward the promise of a new year, we may make (and hopefully keep) personal resolutions. But as HR professionals, we ought to make resolutions—or at least consider changes—to improve the processes we use daily, weekly, or even annually. Take this […]
by Vanessa L. Towarnicky ‘Twas the month of December, the holiday season, New year ’round the corner, my mind taxed beyond reason. The workplace has been digitized down to an app. My records and files appear with a tap. As do Pidgey and Horsea and even Hypno, My Millennials have got me playing Pokémon GO. […]
by Dan Oswald Thanksgiving is behind us, and the holidays are in full swing. Most of us feel busier than ever this time of year. With parties to attend, gifts to buy, and anticipated travel for the holidays, there certainly is a lot going on. How do we find time to get everything done and […]
More than half of employers provide employees with premium pay when they work holidays, a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey found.
In our last installment, we covered how far in advance an employee must provide notice to his or her employer of the need for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this article we’ll cover calendar and holiday issues regarding leave.