GovDocs in the spring of 2019 offered a one-question survey to HR professionals: What is the No. 1 labor law-related question you receive from your employees? Here are their top four most common responses and why employees care.
2. GovDocs in the spring of 2019 offered a
one-question survey to HR professionals:
What is the No. 1 labor law-related
question you receive from
Here are their top four most common responses
and why employees care.
3. What's the minimum wage?
Along with the nationwide momentum behind the “Fight for
$15,” the pace at which cities, counties and states are
implementing their own minimum wage rates has grown
rapidly in recent years.
In the first six months of 2019 alone, four states had made
plans to increase their minimum wage rates annually until they
And in progressive states, such as California, cities continue to
enact their own minimum wage laws.
WHY THEY CARE
4. WHY THEY CARE
What's up with marijuana laws?
Similar to minimum wage, a national push for more permissive
marijuana laws has employees wondering how the rules apply to
Plus, some jurisdictions, New York City and the state of Nevada
for example, have passed legislation saying it is unlawful to
refuse to hire someone based on the presence of cannabis in
pre-employment drug screenings.
With more states exploring marijuana legalization, there could be
further changes to related employment laws in the future.
5. How does paid leave work?
WHY THEY CARE
The complexities of paid leave, in its many forms, has only been
exacerbated in recent years as cities, counties and states enact their
own rules for both paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave.
Some cities and states are expanding FMLA protections, requiring
employers to provide eligible employees paid (or partially paid) time
away from work and expanding the definition of “family member.”
Rules vary by jurisdiction: how it is accrued, when it can be taken, how
much can be carried over year to year, among other requirements.
6. WHY THEY CARE
Under current paid sick leave laws, there are no statutory
requirements for paying unused, accrued paid sick leave to a
worker when employment ends. However, companies can set
their own policies regarding this matter.
If your business provides floating holidays, there are a handful of
states that prohibit companies from implementing a “use it or lose
it” policy for employees’ paid time off, which may apply to floating
holidays. As a result, you’ll want to refer to your local jurisdiction
and your company’s policy regarding pay-out of unused, earned
floating holidays at the time of separation of employment.
What happens to time off when I leave?
Top 4 Labor Law Questions
It’s important for HR professionals to listen to
employees. Being cognizant of their concerns,
as well as the myriad applicable laws related
to them, is a way to stay ahead of potential
pitfalls and open the lines of communication.