New Jersey is set to join several other states in a growing trend mandating employer paid sick time. The New Jersey sick time law goes into effect on October 29th, 2018 and employees will begin accruing sick time on that date. The new law creates one statewide standard and preempts any previously enacted municipal sick leave ordinances.
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.
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.
Contributed by Lisa Michaels
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.
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.
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.