Holidays

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FMLA FAQ: Am I Required to Pay My Employee for Holidays Occurring During FMLA Leave?

There must be something in the water, but several clients have asked me this week whether they are required to pay an employee for the Memorial Day holiday even though the employee was out on FMLA leave. ...more

So? What do you think of today’s holiday cards?

I’ve been railing about holiday card do’s and don’ts for over 20 years. Sometimes I think the word is getting out. Other times I just sigh. Usually I rant about the cover, the branding page, which is what sets the tone and...more

The True Meaning of C [hristmas]

Yes, it has finally arrived: the end of December. Whether you’re someone who views the day as bitter sweet, dreading the day when the dirty looks from your neighbors force you to finally take down your decorations in...more

Happy Festivus...Uh, I Mean, Happy Holidays...And A Happy New Leave Year!

Many years ago, on December 23, Frank Costanza introduced Festivus to us. Whether it was the Airing of Grievances, Feats of Strength, or the aluminum pole, yet another Seinfeld episode had us in stitches. ...more

Poetic Justice - 2013 Wrap Up (Part 1 of 2)

This is the time of year to anxiously look forward to all that is anticipated to come in 2014. But it is also the time to look back at all that has happened in 2013. Rather than simply give you links to all of the stimulating...more

A moment to reflect at this 2013 holiday time

This holiday time is significant for people involved in certain spiritual practices, and not so much for other people. But for many people, regardless of religious or spiritual persuasion, it is also a time of coming together...more

Hotlines for the Holidays: 3 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement for the New Year

The holidays always seem to be a good time for reflection and introspection. What’s working, what’s not, resolutions made, gifts given and gifts received. When it comes to the relationships you’ve forged with your employees,...more

Week in Review - December 19, 2013

The holiday season is a time for reflection, including reflection on our technology habits. Many individuals are aiming to be truly home for the Christmas holiday by engaging in digital detox plans and setting their...more

Twas the Night Before Christmas -- Non-Compete Style

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the company; A disgruntled employee kept saying “please jump with me.” She was trying to line up a grand, mass departure; Of which she was certain no one could...more

Avoiding Holiday Parenting Time Disputes

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend together as a family and make lasting memories for children. Unfortunately, without fail, every holiday season I have clients call me with some sort of urgent parenting time issue....more

Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration

‘Tis the season for office holiday parties which, unfortunately, are often fraught with labor and employment issues. A wild office party akin to a “Mad Men”-esque soirée may have unfortunate legal consequences for an employer...more

End-of-year party precautions and the top tips to manage this risk

The season of workplace social functions is upon us, for better and for worse. An office party that goes off the rails is not just the subject of water cooler gossip; it's a real source of employee complaints, workers...more

‘Tis the Season for Social Host Liability

With Christmas just around the corner, the holiday season is well underway. For many, this means that the next few weeks will be filled with buying and wrapping gifts, baking and decorating cookies, listening to festive...more

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part VI: When Religion And Work Collide—Responding To Requests For Accommodations At Work

As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. Part six of our year-end holiday series explains how to...more

'Tis the Season - For Potential Employer Liability

The holiday season is upon us – a time when many companies (and/or managers) may be organizing holiday parties, decorating offices, throwing off-site parties or holding secret gift exchanges among coworkers. Many employers,...more

Getting Ahead with Gratitude

With the holiday season upon us, law firms’ thoughts turn to the logistics of sending holiday cards and brainstorming the hottest client gifts. And, while these touch points show clients that your attorneys appreciate their...more

Employment Law 101: Holiday Parties

Who, What, Why . . . Who does it apply to: This one is pretty straight forward. It applies to all employers contemplating any type of holiday gathering for its staff. What are the legal issues: Holiday parties...more

Spiked Egg Nog and the Human Response: Avoiding Holiday Party Mishaps

Like festive lights and bow-wrapped luxury cars, ‘tis the season for horror stories from company holiday parties. Office holiday parties are a cherished tradition and a nice way for companies to thank their employees for a...more

‘Tis The Season for Massachusetts’ Temporary Employees

The holiday shopping season is known for its long lines, steep sales and mall traffic jams, but it also prompts retailers and other businesses to hire a wave of temporary, seasonal employees to increase staffing levels during...more

The HR Grinch: The Pitfalls Of Businesses That Open For The Holidays

There was a lot of buzz in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving—buzz which will continue through the Christmas holiday—about retailers and other businesses that not only opened on “Black Friday,” but also on Thanksgiving Day...more

You Should Know - December 2013

In This Issue: - Six Tips for Safe Toys - Dangerous Toy Lists - Dr. Toy's 100 Best - Excerpt from 6 Tips to Shopping Smart for Safe Toys this Holiday Season: We can always count on children to...more

Tis The Season To Avoid Wage and Hour Pitfalls With Holidays and Bonuses

As the end of the year and year-end holiday season approach, so do annual bonus time and paid holidays. Employers should avoid some common wage and hour pitfalls with bonuses and paid holidays. The first common pitfall is not...more

Avoiding Mistletoe Mishaps, Part V: Are Holiday Gifts, Prizes, Or Parties Taxable Wages?

As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. Part five of our year-end holiday series reviews the...more

Employment Law Advisory for December 4, 2013 - Beware of the Payroll Implications of Temporary Shutdowns During Holidays

The holiday season is upon us again, and some companies consider closing their operations during all or part of a holiday week. Companies planning a shutdown during all or part of any holiday week should consider the effect...more

Law Firm Holiday Cards – Do’s and Don’ts

Q: Are holiday cards effective? A: I think that they can be considered one more nice way to stay in touch, to send a friendly communication to a large number of clients and prospects all at once. Of course, I said...more

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