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Kansas Paternity Leave

Friday, October 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Employees in Kansas have asked whether Kansas has enacted a paternity leave law.

The answer is no. Kansas does not have a paternity law at the state level. Many expectant fathers, however, may be eligible for FMLA leave.

Under FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act), ... continue reading

Hawaii Vacation and Final Wages

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Marianne wonders, “When I leave my employer in Hawaii, will I be paid for my unused vacation time?”

The answer is “Not necessarily.” There is no Hawaii state law or federal law that mandates employers pay terminated employees for their unused vacation leave.

Many companies ... continue reading

Idaho Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Shannon works for an Idaho company and would like to skip her lunchtime meal break and leave work 30 minutes early every day. Her supervisor said, “You have to take a meal break. It’s the law.” Is he right?

No, he isn’t right. There is no state ... continue reading

Iowa Vacation Law

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder about   the Iowa laws requiring employers to provide employees paid vacation time. There are none.

There is no Iowa state law that mandates companies give workers paid vacation leave. There is not a federal law either. Employers are legally free to establish any ... continue reading

Mississippi Small Business FMLA Maternity Leave

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The primary law in the United States governing maternity leave is the federal FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act). This law, however, applies to employers with 50 or more employees. That excludes most Mississippi small businesses.

So, what state or federal law governs maternity leave for employees ... continue reading

Kentucky Paternity Leave

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An employee in Kentucky wonders, “My wife is expecting our first child and I want to take several weeks off when the baby is born. Does Kentucky have a paternity leave law?”

The answer is “No, Kentucky doesn’t have a state law governing paternity leave. Many expectants ... continue reading

Idaho Vacation and Final Wage Law

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Employees might wonder, is there a federal law requiring Idaho employers to pay employees for their unused vacation leave when the leave the company?

The answer is no. There is no federal law, nor is there an Idaho state law requiring payment of unused vacation time.

... continue reading

Kansas Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder: Is it legal in Kansas for me to work through my lunch break and leave work early? My supervisor say there’s no law requiring her to let me leave early. Is she right?

The answer is, yes, the boss is right – at least ... continue reading

Minnesota Vacation Law

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A reader writes, “My friend and I both work in Minnesota, but she can take vacation leave whenever she wants without advance approval. I have to submit my leave request two months ahead of time, and my company prefers I take the time during the summer. Is this legal?” ... continue reading

New Mexico Small Business FMLA Maternity Leave

Monday, October 18th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Are small businesses in New Mexico required by state law to provide maternity leave?

There answer is no, because there is no New Mexico state maternity leave law which applies to small businesses. The determining factor regarding granting of maternity leave is the employer’s size.

... continue reading

Maryland Paternity Leave

Friday, October 15th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees of either sex to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of reasons, including the care of a newborn or newly adopted baby. Since Maryland does not have a paternity leave law, many expectant fathers ... continue reading

Missouri Vacation and Final Wages Law

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Missouri employers have asked if they are required by state law to pay employees for unused vacation leave when they leave the company.

The answer is not by state law. There is no Missouri state law or federal law that mandates this policy. Absence of state ... continue reading

Mississippi Meal Break Law

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Some Mississippi managers or supervisors tell their employees, “You have to take a meal break. It’s the law.”

That is an incorrect statement. There is no such state law in Mississippi. There is no federal meal break law either. Mississippi and 30 other states, including Texas, Alabama ... continue reading

North Dakota Vacation Law

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Several states require employees to take their vacation time by a certain date or lose it. This “use it or lose it” policy usually applies to either the end of the calendar year or the worker’s anniversary date. In other words, a worker who has earned 40 hours of ... continue reading

Ohio Small Business FMLA Maternity Leave

Monday, October 11th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Ohio small business employers are confused about their responsibility for providing maternity leave–paid or unpaid.

There is no federal law requiring Ohio small businesses to grant maternity leave, unless they are covered under FMLA.

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides up ... continue reading

Connecticut Vacation Law

Friday, October 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees wonder if there is a Connecticut law requiring employers to provide paid vacations for their employees?

The answer is no, there is not. There is no Connecticut law, nor a federal law that requires companies to give their companies paid time off for vacation leave. ... continue reading

Arkansas Paternity Leave

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Arkansas does not have a state law governing paternity leave. Many fathers, though, can take federal FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) leave.

The FMLA act allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12 month period for a variety ... continue reading

Alabama Vacation and Final Wages

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Amy recently left her job in Alabama to move out of state, but   didn’t receive pay for my unused vacation time. She wonders if that is legal.

The answer is it depends. From a state law point of view, yes it’s legal. Alabama does not have ... continue reading

Illinois Small Business FMLA Maternity Leave

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An employee works for a small business in Illinois and will soon be taking off time to have a baby. She submitted a request for FMLA leave, but her employer didn’t grant it. Is that legal?

The answer depends on several conditions.

First, there is ... continue reading

Florida Meal Break Law

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Florida is one of 31 states in America that have no laws requiring employers to provide meal breaks to workers in general industry.

As a result, Florida employees wonder why they have to take an unpaid meal break at all. They would prefer to work through the ... continue reading

West Virginia Comp Time

Friday, October 1st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
“Comp time” or compensatory time can be confusing. Many West Virginia workers wonder if “comp time” is legal, and if so, in what circumstances.

Comp time, which is paid time off granted to a West Virginia employee for a future payroll week instead overtime pay, is legal ... continue reading