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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Create an Equitable System for Offering More Paid Time Off

June 24, 2005
A high-performing employee has requested that, rather than receiving a pay increase, she should be allowed to take more time off. We think this could be a good thing for her and other employees. How do we create an equitable system for this? How do we track the amount of time allowed in relation to an employee’s salary? And what happens if a year or two later, they decide they want the money instead of the time?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Could We Develop Policies for Paternity Leave

July 2, 2004
We have a maternity policy that calls for four weeks of paid leave. For the first time in our 20-year history, the question of paternity leave has come up. We’d like to do something, but are unsure about offering the full four weeks. We don’t fall under the FMLA, and we would like to offer this soon-to-be-dad something. I think that we may do two weeks, with the option of him using his vacation time on top of that. Do you think this is fair?
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