Final Wages: Paying Accrued Leave at Termination


Earlier this month, we discussed the range of issues that an employee departure can raise for employers. One of the most frequently searched topics on this blog relates to accrued vacation, PTO, sick leave, and other leave banks, and, in ...

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Are Employers Required to Pay Workers for Holidays?


In our last post, we talked about unlimited vacation, but this time of year, vacation is obviously not the only thing on our minds. As I sit in union negotiations this week talking about holidays and holiday pay (among other ...

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Don’t Get Carried Away with the Pay Period Leap Year

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Yesterday, we discussed the Pay Period Leap Year and what it means for employers. If your first weekly paychecks would normally issue this Friday, January 1, 2016, you will have a fifty-third pay period on December 31, 2015. If your ...

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Preparing for the 2016 Pay Period Leap Year

Historical records show that at least twice in history, countries have observed February 30 on the calendar.  Sweden added the date to its 1712 calendar to correct an earlier calendar error and the Soviet Union observed February 30 in 1930 ...

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Finders Keepers: Handling Unclaimed Employee Wages

Most employers with handbooks or comprehensive policies have at least some kind of reminder to employees that looks like this: It is the employee’s responsibility to keep their employment records up to date, including home address, telephone number, dependents and ...

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FLSA Endangered Species: The Part-Time Exempt Employee

With the Department of Labor planning to release new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations in 2016, one question that I get frequently is what will happen to part-time exempt employees–professionals (nurses, accountants, etc.), managers, or other administrative personnel who ...

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FLSA FAQ: Paying Non-Exempt Employees for Attending Lectures, Training, and Meetings

Before Thanksgiving, we discussed when for profit, non-profit, and public sector employers may accept volunteer service from employees. One of our readers, an HR director at a telecom company, pointed out that there is one other kind of “volunteer” service ...

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FLSA FAQ: Giving FLSA-Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Turkeys and Other Holiday Gifts to Employees

For readers in the U.S., tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the start of a long holiday weekend for many of us.  As we head into the holiday break, it is a good time to address how employers should handle holiday gifts ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Public Sector Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

Last week, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector and non-profit employers could accept “volunteer” services.  Private sector employers have very little flexibility, while non-profit employers have a little bit more.  The third group of employers, public sector employers, have the ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Non-Profit Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector employers can accept “volunteer” services.  In short, the answer is not very often. However, public sector and nonprofit employers have more flexibility when under the Fair Labor Standards ...

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