American attitudes toward smoking have changed dramatically in the past several decades. A habit that was once commonplace in restaurants, workplaces, and even airplanes has been banned from most homes, offices, and even bars. Part of that changed attitude is driven by nonsmokers who understandably prefer to avoid second-hand smoke. Another element of the change […]
Tag: vacation time
The Colorado Supreme Court has cleared up a longstanding unresolved question about when employers need to pay out accrued but unused vacation time. The June 14 decision also appears to invalidate use-it-or-lose-it vacation policies in the state.
The past several years have seen employers of all kinds dabbling in nontraditional types of paid leave. One of the more notable offerings has been unlimited vacation time, but research has found that such leave is actually counterproductive—peer pressure prevents most employees from actually taking advantage of it.
While many Americans are preparing for summer vacations, many are likely not. According to a new survey from Glassdoor, the average U.S. employee (of those who receive vacation/paid time off) has only taken about half (54%) of his or her eligible vacation time/paid time off in the past 12 months. This is relatively consistent with […]
Employee burnout is becoming all too common these days. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, three in five workers (61%) say they are burned out in their current job, and 31% report high or extremely high levels of stress at work, yet a third of all workers (33%) have not taken or do not plan […]
Do you ever find it interesting that some of the most tangled topics of HR administration primarily concern the hours when your employees aren’t at work? When employees are in the workplace, we have a pretty good idea of what they should and shouldn’t be doing and how to reasonably regulate their work-related behavior. But […]
Question: Under what circumstances is an employer allowed to require a salaried exempt employee to utilize his/her vacation leave bank for full days away from the office for personal reasons other than medical? Also, is an employer allowed to withhold payment or “dock” a salary-exempt employee for full days out of the office for personal […]
Question: We made an error on an employee’s paycheck. They were not paid for 8 hours of vacation time. Do we need to make this payment within a certain time period of paycheck date? Can a company have a policy that any adjustments will be reflected in the following paycheck?
While it is not legally mandated for companies in the United States to provide vacation time for employees, many organizations still choose to do so. Yet, the statistics seem to show that U.S. employees rarely take all of the vacation time employers have promised, despite the fact that the average number of days provided is […]
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?