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More Vacation Time for Nonsmokers?

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 […]

Mandatory Vacation Might Juice Your Employee Productivity

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.


U.S. Workers Only Using Half of Eligible Vacation Time

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 […]


Vacation Rules! (All Work and No Play Makes Workers Leave Your Employ)

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 […]

Ask the Expert: Can We Dock Salaried Employee’s Pay for Personal Day When Vacation Time Is Tapped?

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 […]


Ask the Expert: How Soon Must We Rectify Paycheck Error?

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?

Do You Encourage Employees to Use Up Vacation Time?

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 […]