Sick Leave

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    by Cal Keith Paid sick leave will be the law in Oregon as of January 1, 2016, now that Governor Kate Brown has signed legislation passed by the state legislature in mid-June. The statewide law mostly mirrors Portland’s sick leave law, which took effect January 1, 2014. It provides that covered employers must allow employees to accrue...
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    NLRB revives union election proposal. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is revisiting a 2011 effort to change regulations governing union representation elections — changes the NLRB claims would streamline elections and prevent unnecessary litigation. Employer groups strongly opposed the changes when they were proposed in 2011,...
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    As many of you know, whenever the Maryland Legislature is in session, all Maryland employers have reason to be concerned. This year, the legislature is considering a number of bills that, if enacted, could present significant hardships for employers in Maryland. Let's take a look at some of these legislative initiatives. Minimum wage bill...
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    It has been several years since a new "pandemic" has made the news. The United States is currently experiencing one of the most widespread flu outbreaks in years, and it is the familiar H1N1 strain that is largely to blame. More alarming is the fact that young adults are falling prey to the flu at unusually high rates because they are...
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    Unscheduled absenteeism costs American businesses billions of dollars every year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There are myriad potential costs to take into account, including: Overtime; Paid sick days; Use of temporary or "relief/reserve" employees; Reduced productivity; Poor quality of goods or services...
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    Every year employers watch flu season approach like a hurricane spinning out of control. It charges quickly toward land, and we are helpless to stop it. Try as we might to institute the best preventive measures, flu season descends on us, resulting in lost productivity and hitting employers' bottom lines. Employers work tirelessly to improve...
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    Much like second-guessing the coaching decisions during the Iron Bowl, it's easy to armchair quarterback employment decisions. A little more compassion and flexibility might have prevented an employment lawsuit; conversely, too much delay and debate caused you to lose your best opportunity to terminate someone. Make the decision too quickly, and...
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    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit (whose rulings apply to New Hampshire employers) recently rejected a teacher's claim that he was terminated in retaliation for requesting leave under the Family and Medical and Leave Act (FMLA), even though he wasn't eligible for leave under the Act. Background Raymond McArdle is a former teacher...
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    Starting next year, employers with employees working in Portland must begin administering the city's new sick leave ordinance. Here are some tips for affected employers in addition to reminders about a few traps. Employees begin to accrue PST January 1 Portland's new sick leave ordinance becomes effective January 1, 2014. The small bit of good...
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    Jersey City is joining a growing list of jurisdictions across the country that require employers to provide sick leave for employees. Beginning on January 24, 2014, Jersey City employees will accrue up to 40 hours of sick leave each year. The leave may be paid or unpaid, depending on the size of the employer. Accrual of sick leave Under the...
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