Category Archives: Employee Benefits

TRENDS IN WAGE INCREASES

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As a corollary to my earlier post about Trends in Leave Policies, I wanted to highlight two large companies who have committed to raising wages for their employees.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees on Monday announcing that all employees and store managers in U.S. company-run stores will enjoy a base pay raise of 5 percent or more come October.  These raises will affect employees in approximately 7,600 Starbucks locations in the United States.

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“PAW-TERNITY” LEAVE POLICIES

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As a follow up to my previous post on trends in leave policies, the latest development in the United Kingdom goes far beyond traditional maternity and paternity leave.  “Paw-ternity leave” is a benefit given to almost one in every twenty new pet owners in the UK for the purpose of settling a new animal into the household.  “The leave can be used to carry out training, attend vet appointments or simply spend more time with a new animal.”

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SO, WHAT DOES MAKE FOR A GOOD EMPLOYEE LAWSUIT?

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Last week, our colleague Patrick Smith posted an entry on his employment blog titled, “What Makes for a Good Employee Lawsuit”.  In his blog, Patrick responded to an employment presentation given by Ohio-based attorney Randy Freking.  While the employment attorneys at Babich Goldman primarily represent employees, Patrick primarily represents employers, so his ideas on what he thinks makes a good employee lawsuit caught my eye.  Below are some of Patrick’s thoughts from an employer perspective and some of my thoughts from an employee perspective.

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IS SEVERANCE PAY REQUIRED UNDER IOWA LAW?

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Most people we meet with in our practice have, unfortunately, been discharged from their job.  Those who are “lucky” have been offered some sort of severance from their former employer.  The rest have been let go with nothing more than a final paycheck and some unused PTO.  This frequently leads to the question, is severance pay required under Iowa law?  Regrettably, the answer is no.

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TRENDS IN LEAVE POLICIES

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A recent trend in big-name companies such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo is to offer unlimited leave to employees.  Netflix has been making headlines with its latest announcement that employees will be allowed to take unlimited maternity and paternity leave in the first year after their child’s birth or adoption.

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