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Lost Time Vacation Days Go Unused Despite More Liberal Time-Off Policies

December 3, 2004
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As the year ends and last-minute vacation requests and sick calls surge, the companies that have paid-time-off plans can congratulate themselves for having gone to a more flexible and manageable system. But even the best plans aren’t a remedy for another malady: American workers don’t take all the vacation days they have coming.
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A Guide to Managing Absence Costs

October 1, 2004
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The suggestions include modifying the language used in disability plans; improving data collection; and integrating claim management.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Could We Develop Policies for Paternity Leave

July 2, 2004
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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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A Prescription for Medical Leave

April 1, 2004
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Suspicious medical-leave requests are a headache for employers. But they should not assume that they have no rights to gather information. They do, and it can pay off.
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When Men Take Paternity Leave, True Equality Begins

December 16, 2003
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Employers think of paternity leave as a cost, with no return on investment for the corporation. KPMG tried it and found quite the opposite. Guest columnist Julie Shields discusses why paternity leave should not be overlooked as a benefit for both employers and employees.
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How the Work Gets Done

September 18, 2003
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UPS and others have contingency plans.
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How the Paid Family Leave Law Works

September 18, 2003
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Key components of the new law, from vesting to administration provisions.
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It's the Law, But Not Everyone Follows It

September 18, 2003
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About 31 percent of employers aren't aware of any laws protecting reservists.
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Ready for Action

September 18, 2003
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Those deployed in Iraq are unlikely to receive more than a few days or hours of notice.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Can I Minimize FMLA Costs

January 22, 2003
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As I see it, the only way to minimize the cost of FMLA is to 1) maintain the right number of trained employees to minimize the impact of a critical employee taking unplanned FMLA; 2) manage FMLA by the book so that only employees who qualify for it can get it; and 3) know your critical employees and pre-plan your company response to an unplanned loss under different scenarios. Have I missed other ways of minimizing the cost of FMLA?
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