Absence Management

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

You've probably heard about the Family and Medical Leave Act. This law can be challenging to understand. Does it apply to your company, and if so, how do you stay in compliance with it? What are the consequences if you don't? Here are the basics to know as you begin to learn about this important aspect of HR work. Disclaimer: The below article on FMLA is not, nor should be used as, official training material for the FMLA certification test as offered by the Department of Labor. This is simply information on the basics of FMLA. Consult DOL.gov if you wish to pursue an actual FMLA certification or want the fine details.

Unpaid Time Off (UTO)

Life happens, and sometimes employees need more time away from work than is covered by paid time off. What happens then? Having a clear unpaid time off policy that reflects your company's values is essential.

Employee Tardiness

“I didn’t hear my alarm clock!” “I’m so sorry I’m late, we had a hard morning with the kids.” “I had to dig myself out of the snow this morning.” Do any of these sound familiar to you? Employee tardiness is not a new concept; it can happen in any industry and will most likely happen to all employees at least once. While having policies in place for tardiness is very important, it is not a one-policy-fits all type of deal. Let’s see what the best fit for your business would be!

Unlimited PTO

One of the more controversial employee benefits is unlimited PTO. Some companies swear by it while others don’t see how it’s possible. Read on to make the best decision for your company and mitigate possible risks.

Absence Rate

Do you need more insight into the health of your organization? How do you know if you have a high number of employee absences, and how should you manage it if you do? Read on to learn more about absence rates.

Compensatory Leave

How do you pay people who work overtime: in wages or in comp time? How about an employee who asks to earn comp time? What seems like a casual arrangement at your company may be breaking the law. Continue reading to learn more about compensatory leave and the circumstances in which it can be used to benefit both employees and employers.

Disability Leave

Are you comfortable dealing with your employees who have disabilities? How should you respond when an employee with a disability needs extra leave? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) isn’t all that complicated, and Giving your employees disability leave is not only easy, but beneficial to your business in the long run.

Paternity Leave

As employees experience the changes of starting a family, it’s important to help them understand how paternity leave works, which requires a fundamental understanding by the HR professional first. Here we look at what paternity leave is, why it's important for an organization to offer different types of policies, how to find the best policy and specific HR responsibilities about paternity leave.

Sick Leave

You know how important paid sick leave is for yourself and your family. Everyone gets sick, so why not have a helpful sick leave policy for your employees? Read more to find out how you can implement a painless sick leave policy for your company.

Maternity Leave

What's the difference between FMLA and maternity leave? What are you required to offer, and what would you like to offer? Read on to learn what is required and what options you have to offer more competitive maternity leave at your company.

Absence Management

You want to support employees' needs and wellness, but you're also aware that everybody needs to come to work consistently for the company to be successful. Fortunately, there are some tried-and-true best practices HR professionals can use to put an effective and fair absence management policy into place.

Sabbatical Leave

Are you familiar with sabbaticals? You may think they are just for university scholars, but more and more, businesses are offering sabbatical leave to valued employees. Sabbaticals allow for a full disconnect from work that paid time off cannot achieve. When they return, individuals are renewed, rejuvenated and have new ideas for innovation.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

We all know that to be a happy and productive employee, some time off is necessary. After all, do we work to live, or live to work? Paid time off is a valuable benefit for both employer and employee—but how do you create a good policy and implement a PTO program? Read on to find out.

Bereavement Leave

It is dreadful when an employee has death in the family, but knowing your policy and company guidelines in advance can help you assist your employees in their time of need. This article will give you the information you need to write your own bereavement leave policy.

Military Leave from Work

If someone came to you today and requested military leave, would you be ready to respond? Military leave doesn’t get talked about a whole lot, but it’s one of the easier forms of leave to administer. We will discuss the different types of military leave, the legal obligations you have, and how to help employees integrate into the workplace when they return.

Volunteer Time Off

VTO can improve employee engagement and corporate social responsibility in one go. Learn how to create your own VTO program.
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