Archive for October, 2012

Can You Tell An Employee When to Take Annual Leave?

October 26th, 2012

Coordinating annual leave time among employees can at time leave you understaffed. So, you may wonder if you’re able to dictate when an employee can take their annual leave. By law, you cannot order someone to take leave on your terms, but you can work with them to come to an agreement on the best time for them to go based on your staffing needs. You can also ensure that they get your approval prior to taking any of the annual leave.

There are some circumstances where you can require that some personal leave be used by an employee. For …

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Can Annual Leave be Cashed Out?

October 19th, 2012

When an employee hasn’t had the opportunity to take their planned annual leave, there is another option. By law, you are able to pay an employee in lieu of giving them time off if they request it. Of course, there are still guidelines as to how this works:

An employee’s regular rate of pay must be payed when annual leave is cashed out.
At least the minimum of four weeks annual leave must be left available.
In many cases, it is company policy only to issue cashout for annual leave when too much has been accumulated and the business can’t …

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What If Staff Don’t Use Their Time Clock?

October 12th, 2012

In many industries, employees are paid strictly on an hourly basis. It can be challenging for the Human Resources Department to keep track of work time effectively, particularly when shift lengths and times can vary greatly in industries like cleaning and construction. It is also challenging to require workers to punch in using a traditional time clock when the work site can change on a regular basis.

So, what can you do if you are finding that employees are regularly disputing the hours that they have worked?

Stick to your company policy – if an employee has failed to fill …

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Setting Policies for Leaving Early

October 5th, 2012

Some employees may have a habit of ducking out of work early – while at times, that may be okay, it is important to have set policies to ensure that staff are getting things done as they should.

Make employees get written approval for leaving early – if employees have an appointment or a personal reason for leaving early, get them to submit a request in writing.
Have employees makeup time – if staff need to leave early, then have them arrive early for their shift or cut a paid lunch break short.
Limit the number of times they can …

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