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March 2018 Archives

'Chosen Family' Sick Leave Policies Becoming Increasingly Common

Thatcher logo.jpgWhen a New York man was diagnosed with cancer, his biological family couldn't care for him. They were in Malaysia, a world away. However, he did have people to help--his "chosen family." And, because of a recent change to New York law, many of those "chosen family" members were able to take paid sick days in order to provide his care.

New 'PAID' Wage And Hour Audit Program Reduces Penalty For Errors

Thatcher logo.jpgThe Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program is like "a get-out-of-jail-free card for employers" with wage-and-hour compliance issues, according to a federal advocacy coordinator for the National Employment Law Project.

Does Your Company Offer Less Parental Leave To Men Than Women?

Thatcher logo.jpgThe EEOC recently settled a case against Estée Lauder, which had provided six weeks of child-bonding parental leave to "primary caregivers" but only two weeks to "secondary caregivers." The agency said that the policy -- as administered -- discriminated against men. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Pay Act both prohibit gender-based discrimination in pay or benefits.

It Didn't Happen At Work -- Can My Boss Fire Me Anyway?

Thatcher logo.jpgIf you think your employer can't fire you for saying or doing something outside the workplace, you may be wrong. In fact, it is quite possible that you can be fired for things you do even when you are off the clock -- although there are some very important exceptions to this rule.

What Are The Qualifying Reasons For FMLA Leave in Maryland?

Thatcher logo.jpgIn Maryland, most full-time employees who have worked at a company for a year are entitled to unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and Maryland law. These laws typically apply to companies with at least 50 employees, although there are some that apply to organizations with only 15 employees.

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