Absenteeism and Attendance

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    You’ll probably never settle an employee lawsuit over use-it-or-lose-it paid time off for $10.5 million, like courier DHL did. Or pay $11 million, like Kelly Services, over shorted vacation pay. Such settlements make AutoNation’s $2.35 million PTO settlement with employees seem cheap by comparison. But make no mistake – PTO...
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    Most of the country is still reeling from a relentless spring filled with ferocious thunderstorms and severe flooding. Back-to-back blizzards this past winter brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads, and the worst weather of the year may still be in store with late summer wildfires and even hurricanes...
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    With 62 percent of Americans admitting they are stressed out about work, it's no surprise that employees feel the need to play hooky on occasion. In fact, nearly 33 percent of workers called in sick when they were well at least once last year. Close to one in ten employees who called in with a fake excuse said they did so to miss a meeting, to...
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    Q: We have an employee who has requested FMLA leave so he can get treatment for his alcoholism. He has stated that he will be required to do some jail time in addition to getting treatment. My understanding is that the time missed for treatment is covered under the FMLA, but time spent in jail is not. He has used up all his vacation and sick time...
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    Most of the country is still reeling from a relentless and brutal winter. Back-to-back blizzards brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads. With such treacherous conditions, employers found themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when they seemed to have a good reason to stay home....
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    Most of the country is still reeling from a relentless and brutal winter. Back-to-back blizzards brought pleas from emergency management authorities for people to stay off the roads. With such treacherous conditions, employers found themselves hesitant to crack down on absent employees when they seemed to have a good reason to stay home....
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    Employers frequently struggle with the issue of what steps they can take to keep track of and manage their employees' use of FMLA leave -- especially when the employee has chronic attendance problems. Although employers are generally allowed to adopt various policies and procedures beyond what is spelled out in the regulations, those policies can'...
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    Learn practical policies to prevent bedbug invasions, how to get rid of the pests if your organization is infested, and how to prevent lawsuits related to bedbugs and other pests.   Learn -- from an entomology professor who specializes in dealing with pest infestations and from an experienced employment law attorney -- your first course...
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    Your organization is likely spending more money on an employee's absences than on that employee's healthcare benefits, according to a recent study conducted by Mercer Consulting. Those days off can add up to critical losses -- as much as $602 per employee per year. Not to mention the indirect costs of disgruntled workers who have to pick up...
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    Once upon a time, there was a small-town newspaper with a receptionist who just couldn’t seem to make it to work. It was so bad that she was fired for excessive absenteeism. One and a half years later, however, the paper apparently had a change of heart and rehired the receptionist. FMLA Manual Reference Chapter Nine: FMLA...
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