In January we discussed the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (the FAMILY Act), introduced in the Senate on December 12, but just this month Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation that would expand the already existing Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). Currently, FMLA only applies to those businesses that have at least 50 employees. This new legislation H.R. 3999: Family and Medical Leave Enhancement Act of 2014, proposes to expand FMLA to those businesses that have more than 25 employees working within 75 miles of one another.
Yelp Inc. is suing a boutique bankruptcy law firm, McMillan Law Group, for allegedly "astroturfing." Astroturfing is when statements are given on the internet, which appear to be from an independent, credible source but only because the source's financial connection is withheld. The term is derived from the synthetic carpeting that is designed to look like natural grass, AstroTurf.
Employees today are looking for rewards. Despite slower economic times, most businesses provide perks on top of an employee's normal salary or wage. Perks can range from the standard insurance packages to innovative incentives such as dependent care assistance. Really think about your employees when determining which benefits are going to mean the most. The employees' family situations, your company culture, and what you can afford are all important.