When Other Legal Issues Affect Your Business

If you hire employees for your business, there are a number of federal and Texas laws with which you must comply. These laws involve wages, overtime, anti-discrimination, taxes, and more. One important issue that you will face is deciding how and when you will give your employees time off work. The following are some laws and legal issues to consider when making this determination.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to private companies that have at least 50 employees, as well as all schools and public agencies. The law allows qualified employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave per year for certain reasons, specifically:
Childbirth or adoption of a child
Serious health issues

Caring for a family member with a serious health issue
While you do not have to pay employees for time off under FMLA, you are prohibited from terminating or retaliating against an employee in any way for exercising this right to take leave

Sick Time
It happens – employees will get sick. No Texas or federal law requires businesses to allow job-protected sick time for employees nor requires employers to pay employees for sick time. Some states and cities in the United States have begun passing laws regarding mandatory paid sick time. In fact, one councilman has proposed such a measure in the Dallas area. For the time being, however, sick time is not required.

Many business owners choose to provide employees with sick leave as without it, turnover can increase significantly. When you do allow sick time, you want to ensure your policies are clear and consistent. Specify which employees are eligible for how much sick time. Address time periods during which certain sick days can be used and whether sick time can carry over. Any discrepancies in how you handle sick leave between employees can possibly lead to allegations of discrimination.

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