On Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a 57-page opinion in Irving v. Employment Appeal Board. Sondra Irving appealed a judgment from the district court that affirmed the denial of her unemployment benefits after she was terminated from her job at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Irving was absent from work while she was incarcerated on criminal charges unrelated to her job (which were ultimately dismissed).
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.”
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.
As a follow up to my previous post about innovative things employers can do to help employees, I want to highlight another private-sector employer going the extra mile for its employees.
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.