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How to Create a Remote Work Policy & How to Stay Compliant

Contributed by: Yuriy Moshes

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The dawn of remote work passed a long time ago. Ever since the digital office became possible many companies have utilized a partially virtual workforce. Smartphones and laptops have allowed us to abandon the strictly traditional office environment. In fact, according to a 2018 study by Upwork, 63% of businesses had turned to a virtual workforce by 2018. 

COVID-19 has accelerated the shift to remote working conditions for many businesses. This has posed new challenges, not only in terms of management, but also how to remain in compliance with labor laws.  

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Negative Leave Balance – Should You Allow It?

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Occasionally, employees need to take more time off than they have accrued. Early time off requests might come up for any number of reasons such as unexpected family visits or holidays soon after being hired. Whatever the reason, it often happens that employees want to take more time off than they have earned. Employers need to decide if negative leave is acceptable for their business.

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What To Do When Employees Don’t Show Up for Work – Make an Attendance Policy

Create an attendance policy for employees that don't show up for work, no call no show

The excuses employees give when they’re late or don’t show up for work can be a little hard to believe sometimes. Hearing them again and again can be tiresome too. Nevertheless, you should treat each case individually and with care because sometimes absences happen for good reason. Create an attendance policy that deals with tardies, excessive absences, and the dreaded no call no show.

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5 Steps to Setting Up an Effective Work From Home Policy

Contributed by: Lisa Michaels

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Giving employees the freedom to work from home is a growing trend. It’s a trend that helps employers recruit and retain top talent because the convenience and comfort of working from home is appealing to employees. It’s good for employers too as it may even reduce employer expenses.

But you can’t just send remote workers to the wolves. A company needs a defined work from home policy to make it work.

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Use It Or Lose It – A Good Time Off Policy?

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Not every company chooses to put a cap on time off  since not everyone considers rollover a problem. But for those companies that do, there are a couple of ways in which to cap it. One of those is by zeroing out time off balances at the end of the year. This is called a use it or lose it time off policy. Employers don’t always realize it but this type of policy can cause conflicts in work flow and employee engagement.

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5 Things to Consider When Creating a Paid Time Off Policy

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Whether your paid time off plan is complex or pretty basic, you should take the time to lay out the details and create a policy. Besides the amount of time and the rate at which that time accrues, there are other important considerations to consider. For example, a policy helps companies cover their bases legally. It also helps prevent misunderstandings.

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Pokemon Go in the Workplace

Pokemon Go in the parkIn the two weeks since its release, Pokemon Go has already had 30 million downloads and generated 35 million dollars. It is already the biggest mobile game ever.

With that kind of rapid growth I think it’s pretty obvious that people aren’t just playing Pokemon Go on weekends and after work. The unprecedented popularity of Pokemon Go could not have grown so quickly if everyone, responsibly, put down their phones for 8 or 9 hours each day. Nope. The fact is, people are playing the game when they’re supposed to be working.

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Why You Need a Sick Time Policy for Salaried Employees

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Most companies offer sick leave to full time employees, since nearly 80% of full-timers get some sort of sick benefit. If your company doesn’t, there are a few reasons you might want to consider writing up a sick time policy for your salaried employees.

First, it makes it easier to deal with the legalities of exempt employee salary deductions. Second, the office is just healthier when sick people don’t come into the office and infect everybody else. It may seem counter intuitive, but paying an employee to stay home when they’re sick benefits your employees and your company a great deal.

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The California Paid Sick Leave Law – Accrual By Hours Worked

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California is one of several states which mandates paid sick leave. The paid sick leave law applies to all employers, regardless of size or number of employees.

The law sets guidelines about accruals and usage. This is not intended to interfere with a company’s current policy but to provide a minimum sick leave requirement to establish a sick leave policy for companies that didn’t already have one.

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