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Nevada Vacation Law

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Several states have established guidelines regarding paid vacation time. One of these guidelines is the “use it or lose it” policy. This policy requires employees to use all of their vacation time by a certain date or lose it. Usually this date is the end of the calendar year ... 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

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

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

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

Georgia Vacation Law

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Contrary to many Georgia employees’ assumptions, there is no Georgia law that requires employers to offer paid leave for days they don’t work, or for vacations.

According to both federal and Georgia minimum wage laws, employees must be paid for all hours they work. Both federal and ... continue reading

Kentucky Vacation Law

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A reader poses the following question: My friend and I both work in Kentucky, but his employer offers paid sick leave. My company doesn’t. Isn’t there a Kentucky law requiring employers to provide paid sick leave?

There answer is no. While Congress has considered such a bill ... continue reading

Minnesota Vacation Law

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Minnesota employer doesn’t provide paid sick leave. Is that legal?

The answer is: Yes, it is. At present there is no Minnesota law mandating paid sick leave for employee. In fact, there is no Minnesota or federal that requires companies to provide paid time off for ... continue reading

Wisconsin Vacation Law

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to Wisconsin and federal minimum wage laws, an employer must pay for all hours worked. There is no law, however, that requires employers to pay workers for days they do not work, such as holidays or sick leave.

That situation may soon change. Congress introduced a ... continue reading

Connecticut Days of Rest Law and Religious Discrimination

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Connecticut has a law that entitles employees to various days of rest. The first, state statute 53-303e, requires that an employee in a commercial occupation or working in an industrial process shall not be required to work more than 6 days in any calendar week. The employee cannot be ... continue reading

Virginia Vacation Law

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Must Virginia employers provide certain benefits such as paid sick leave, paid holidays, or paid vacations?

The answer is “no.” While some companies do offer paid sick leave and vacation time, for example, no law requires them to do so. It is strictly up to the employer ... continue reading

Kansas Vacation Law

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Kansas’s workforce has no guarantees that its members will receive benefits including paid sick leave, paid holidays, or paid vacation.

No Kansas or federal law requires employers to pay their workers for time off. It is entirely voluntary on a company’s part whether or not to institute ... continue reading

Nevada Vacation Law

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Federal and Nevada labor laws are clear about one thing: an employer must pay an employee for every hour worked.

No law exists guaranteeing pay for time not worked, however. Employers are not legally bound, in Nevada or elsewhere in the U.S., to provide paid time off, ... continue reading

Ohio Vacation Law

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
If a Ohio company has a written policy offering benefits like paid time off, it must honor the policy. Whether or not the company adopts such a policy is entirely discretionary. In other words, it is up to management and not required by law.

No Ohio law ... continue reading

Texas Vacation Law

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Bills guaranteeing paid sick leave or vacation time have been introduced in Congress in the past. A bill offered in 2009 would mandate that employers offer paid sick leave to their workers. There is no guarantee that it will pass, however.

Until such time as a bill ... continue reading

Georgia Vacation and Final Wages

Friday, February 5th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
There is no Georgia law that requires an employer to pay workers for unused vacation at termination.

A number of U.S. states have such laws, but Georgia does not. Some Georgia employers pay workers for unused vacation at termination, but there is no law that every employer ... continue reading

Alabama Vacation Law

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
There is no law that an Alabama employer must offer paid vacations to workers. This is entirely a matter of company policy. In fact, there is no law that an employer must offer even unpaid vacations (or time off) to employees.

If an employer offers paid vacations ... continue reading

Virginia Vacation Law

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
There is no law that a Virginia employer must provide benefits like paid vacations, paid sick leave or paid holidays. It is strictly up to the employer whether or not they will offer these benefits.

Under both federal and Virginia minimum wage laws, an employer must pay ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Missouri

Saturday, July 12th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employers in Missouri have a great deal of flexibility in dealing with employee leave for FMLA qualified leave requests.   In some cases, a Missouri employer can count PTO as FMLA leave, provided the employee has been informed in advance, in writing.

The Family and Medical Leave ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
In Pennsylvania, an employer may choose to count an employee’s paid leave towards that employee’s 12 week allotment of unpaid leave provided by the FMLA under certain circumstances. When PTO is counted as FMLA leave, the employee must be informed in advance, in writing. According to the U. S. ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in South Carolina

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
South Carolina has not provided any state law that extends job protected leave past the 12 weeks guaranteed workers under the FMLA.   However, there are only 5 states that have enacted such laws.   Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, New York, and New Jersey have state wide short term ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Delaware

Friday, July 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The FMLA was established to provide employees with unpaid leave to care for serious health conditions and family needs while at the same time their job is protected.   The leave can last for as long as 12 weeks, after which an employee must return to work or risk ... continue reading

Paid Time Off and FMLA in Maine

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The FMLA provides job protection to Maine employees who require time away from the workplace under the act.   There are no additional state mandates that have been enacted to support or extend the provisions of the FMLA.   Maine employers are not required to offer paid leave to ... continue reading

Mississippi Sick Pay

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Employers are allowed to choose whether or not they want to offer sick time pay to their employees. They can also decide to stop offering sick time.

Mississippi does not have a law that requires employers to give sick time pay to their employees. There are no laws on ... continue reading

Maryland Sick Pay

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Maryland law does not have a sick pay requirement. There aren’t any states in this country that make it mandatory for employers to pay workers for sick time. Only about ten states mandate that vacation time be paid when a worker loses their job, but even in these states, sick ... continue reading

Indiana Sick Pay

Monday, March 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

No federal law or state law, including Indiana, requires sick time pay for employees. While sick time may be offered and accrued, no law requires that the accrued time be paid upon termination.

Sick time pay is an optional benefit that employers are not required to offer employees. It ... continue reading

Kansas Sick Pay

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Kansas laws don’t cover the issue of sick pay directly. Federal law dos not address the issue of sick pay specifically either. Some states require that accumulated vacation time be paid when a worker is terminated, but none of them require sick pay to be issued as well. California has ... continue reading

Alaska Sick Pay

Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Sick pay upon termination is not required by Alaska or federal labor law. There are any states that require this. Not even California requires that workers be paid sick time upon termination.

When a worker loses his or her job, they might be paid accrued vacation time. In about ... continue reading

Posting Requirements in Virginia

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in all states across the country should be able to learn more information about the labor laws that impact them in the workplace by reviewing their labor law rights on the labor law posters that are displayed in the workplace. Each workplace in the state of Virginia should have ... continue reading

USERRA in Alabama

Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Posted by Diane

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act is a federal Act that applies to all employees and employers in all states across the country, including Alabama. USERRA was put into place by Congress in 1994 to replace the Veterans’ Reemployment Rights Act (VRRA).

The goal of USERRA is ... continue reading