2012 Vacation and Sick Leave Policies Infographic


"A new BLR Paid Time Off Survey has found that nearly two-thirds of employers (63%) offer separate vacation and sick time rather than combined paid time off (PTO) (36%). The survey also asked employers to provide information about accrual under their paid leave policies. The infographic below shows how many weeks of vacation exempt and nonexempt employees receive after 1, 5, 10 and 15 years of employment."

How much vacation time do employees accrue?

According to the survey of 807 organizations, most reported that they provide 2 weeks of vacation time to employees in their first year of employment while most employers provide 3 weeks of vacation to those with 5 years of employment. Nearly all employees with 10 or 15 years of service receive at least 3 weeks of vacation per year (around 90% and 92% respectively).

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Infographic on 2012 Holiday Pay Practices


"A new BLR Holiday Practices Survey examines employer practices for providing paid holidays and paying nonexempt employees during the 2012 holiday season and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2013. A total of 1,936 organizations participated in the survey, conducted in October 2012."

The infographic also links to answers on frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding holiday pay as well as a sample paid holiday policy, and provides information on planned paid holidays for 2013.

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Prevent Time Thievery (Too Little Work) and Off-the-Clock (Too Much Work)


"HR's challenge is to make sure employees are not working off the clock (working too much) while at the same time, making sure that they do work when they are getting paid (working too little), says attorney Bryan D. LeMoine."

How Do Managers Allow Time Thievery?

When managers and supervisors let discipline slide, time thievery is encouraged, LeMoine says. For example, when managers ignore:

  • Tardiness and other attendance problems
  • Prolonged meal and other breaks
  • Employees’ failure to follow supervisor instructions (Insubordination)
  • Policy violations

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Carve-Outs Mean Small Budgets Can Differentiate Performance

7. Make Merit Matter

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Of course, one of the problems with merit pay has been that we’re mostly working with low merit budgets. But even with a small budget, you can differentiate merit for high performers.

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2013 Holiday Plans Revealed—How Do You Stack Up?


"Most employers offer the “standard six” holidays, but after that, it’s quite a mish mash, say respondents to BLR’s Holiday Survey. For example, for 2012, 93 percent of respondents will offer December 25 off; however, only 43.6 percent will offer December 24."

The survey, conducted by BLR’s HR Daily Advisor and HR Hero, was conducted in October 2012 and attracted nearly 2,000 respondents. Here are the detailed results:

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