Managing employees' sick leave with time and billing technology
January 22, 2013
It usually happens around this time every year - people catch a common cold or the flu, which means that many employees are forced to take sick days to recover. Of course, businesses want their ill staff members to have a day off to rest and get better, and they encourage this practice so that infected individuals don't pass on their symptoms to other employees, resulting in further absences and decreases in productivity.
When a staff member takes a sick day, companies may not be sure how to effectively log the hours missed or track the time efficiently to comply with federal and state regulations. Fortunately, employee time management software helps with this task, as the technology ensures that all hours and days missed are entered and stored accurately. In addition, firms are assured that they are not violating any legal accounting legislation.
Employees are guaranteed sick days under federal legislation
Many companies aim to promote healthy behaviors in their offices to reduce the risk of employees falling ill, but there are always those instances ofstaff members coming down with symptoms that prevent them from coming to work. So how many days are American workers given for sick leave? Law firm Jackson Lewis states that the Family and Medical Leave Act has established that each employee of a firm with more than 50 staff members is granted up to 12 weeks per calendar year of unpaid sick leave under federal law.
When it comes to individual state laws, the regulations become more complex, as each state has different laws pertaining to how much paid sick time workers are allowed, the source writes. The law firm gives the example of Connecticut, which requires its businesses to provide up to 40 hours of paid leave each year for ill workers.
Fox Business reports thatfor companies that have fewer than 50 staff members, it is up to the owners and management to determine how much time workers can take off for sickness. The main reason they are not covered under federal law is because firms with smaller workforces often need all the resources they can get daily, soan employee falling ill can have severe consequences on their bottom lines and productivity.
Manage it all with technology
No matter if a business is small or large, using employee time management technology will help companies maintain control over workers' sick time. These software programs can be changed to reflect any and all regulations that must be followed.