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Eldercare litigation against employers increases

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Employee Benefit News, Health, HR Issues | 0 comments

October 9, 2017 — As the number of employees that care for sick or aging parents increases, so do their claims of employer discrimination. A 2016 Family Responsibilities Discrimination Litigation Update from the University of California Hastings College of the Law documents a 650% jump in litigation involving eldercare during the previous decade. There is no one overarching federal law that protects employees with eldercare responsibilities. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of...

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10 Top Productivity Tips for Telecommuters

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in HR Issues | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin April 27, 2017 In recent years technology has made working remote for all or part of the week a practical option for a broad spectrum of employees ranging from customer service representatives to travel agents to professionals such as lawyers and accountants. CBC News reported last year that more than 1.7 million paid employees — those not self-employed — worked from home in 2008 at least once a week, up almost 23% from the 1.4 million in 2000, according to the latest...

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Why more employers are offering paid parental leave

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Employee Benefit News, HR Issues, Quality of Life | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published September 14 2016, 10:00pm EDT A Pew Research Center report ranks the United States last out of 38 countries in government-supported time off for new parents. But from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Main Street, a growing cadre of progressive companies is offering parents of both genders parallel opportunities to take paid breaks when children are born or adopted. “Offering generous paid parental leave has become table stakes among Silicon Valley...

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Corporate mindfulness programs grow in popularity

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Employee Benefit News, Health, HR Issues | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published July 14 2016, 9:47pm EDT —  An increasing number of organizations already offer or are considering mindfulness programs at work. But selecting the right vendor and mode of delivery for programs that aim to reduce stress, anxiety and even depression is critical in order to enhance employee participation and program success. A 2016 study conducted by the National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments reveals that 22% of survey participants...

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Few companies track success of international assignments

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Employee Benefit News, HR Issues | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published June 26 2016, 9:28pm EDT — How businesses collect, organize, analyze and use information binds nearly every aspect of global mobility planning, oversight and strategy, according to findings of EY’s 2015-16 Global Mobility Effectiveness Survey. Previous iterations of this survey examined the links between data, business strategy and talent management. However, it has now become apparent that mobility data can also be used effectively in international...

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PTO plan design must recognize mandatory sick-day provisions

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in EBN, HR Issues, Quality of Life | 0 comments

By Sheryl Smolkin Published June 19 2016, 9:57pm EDT — Paid time off banks give employees flexibility to take time off when they need it and can be less complicated for employers to administer than more traditional vacation, sick and personal leave programs. However, PTO plan designs must also recognize and accommodate mandatory sick leave provisions enacted by an increasing number of states and municipalities. PTO plans typically offer employees an aggregate number of days off...

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