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MANAGING STAFF

Model Policy: Reduced schedule and flexible work arrangements

Why you need this policy:

Once upon a time, the belief was that an individual could be an attorney or a primary caregiving parent but not both. Attitudes—and laws—have changed this thinking and opened the door to all kinds of flexible work arrangements allowing attorneys to balance their professional and parental obligations.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Health reform’s delay on employer mandate raises lots of questions

Do you understand how the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act affects your business? Here’s a quick look at the mandate.
There’s a new delay in health care reform.
It’s a one-year postponement of what’s known as the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
That mandate says large employers, or those with 50 or more full-time employees, have to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty. Originally, the requirement was supposed to take effect this coming January. Now the date is pushed back to…

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Paid time off can be anything under the sun, even unlimited vacation

Time off isn’t required by law, “but it’s so commonplace that employees expect it.” And for morale and retention it’s a necessity.
How the firm sets up its time off policy is its own business, says Vanessa G. Nelson, SPHR, CLRL, president of the human resources consulting firm Expert Human Resources in Flint, MI. But there are a lot of decisions it has to make.
The vacation questions
For vacation time, Nelson cites questions that have to be decided on.

  • How long people have to be employed at the firm to be eligible for it.
  • How much vacation to allow. “That’s over the place,” she…

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MANAGING STAFF

To understand employees, understand their generations

To a great extent, managing staff (and also understanding the partners) depends on recognizing where each person stands in the generational scale.
Here’s how the generations from the beginning of the 20th century differ as employees.

• The Lost Generation (born 1883-1900). These are the people who fought in World War I.

• The Greatest Generation (born 1901-1924). This is the G.I. Generation, or the World War II veterans.

• The Silent Generation (born 1925-1945). These are the children of the Lost Generation. They grew up in the Depression. They respect authority, they conform, and they are…
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COMPLIANCE

Beware Lilly Ledbetter; it extends the time limit for unfair pay claims

A relatively new law that all but eliminates the statute of limitations on equal pay lawsuits for women brings yet more employment law concerns administrators need to be aware of.
It’s the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Employers can expect an upswing in claims that their female employees are underpaid, says Denise Murphy, an employment law attorney with Rubin and Rudman in Boston.
And not always without good reason, she notes. Recent statistics show that women make from 73 cents to 77 cents on the dollar compared to what men make, even when they have the same…
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