Tag: holidays

‘Twas the holiday season: Here we go again

by Vanessa L. Goddard ‘Twas the holiday season upon us once more, Not a single employee was at HR’s door. The silence was heavy; I was starting to freak. I hadn’t a complaint in more than a week. No lawsuits or grievances were pending at all. Instead of unease, I should be having a ball. […]

Change someone’s life with an unexpected gift this holiday season

by Dan Oswald Christmas is less than two weeks away. And as the carol goes, ’tis the season to be jolly. But it’s also the season of giving. Gift giving has long been a tradition associated with Christmas. Whether or not you still believe in Santa Claus, everyone likes to receive gifts. Nothing warms the […]

Plan a holiday party that makes merry and avoids ghosts of revelries past

Everybody’s heard the office party horror stories—some merrymakers get drunk, unfortunate comments are made, even more unfortunate outfits are worn, and sometimes somebody even gets hurt. It’s enough to make the human resources department want to retreat to the North Pole until mid-January.  Solutions to party woes do exist, however, and even if the party […]

My holiday wish for you

by Dan Oswald As 2014 winds to an end, it’s good to reflect on all you have accomplished this past year. Think back across the last 12 months and consider all you have done both personally and professionally. Consider the goals you set for yourself that you have crossed off the list. Examine the work […]

2014 Employer Holiday Practices Survey (Slide Show)

BLR has released the results of the new 2014 Holiday Practices Survey, which examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2014 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2015. The slide show below highlights survey findings and links to an article by BLR Legal Editor Susan […]


Tips on talking turkey about Thanksgiving time off

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 […]


Prepare now for worry-free holiday season

It starts with break room tables laden with bowls of candy corn and “fun-size” chocolate bars. Then come turkey and Pilgrim decorations, which quickly give way to workstations sporting menorahs, Nativity scenes, Christmas trees, tinsel, and eventually New Year’s party hats and streamers.   With the kickoff of the fall-winter holidays, employers need to consider not […]