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Canadian Federal Government Is Contemplating New Leave Management Policy

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Employee Scheduling | Employee Self Service | Leave Management | Time and Attendance - (Comments Off on Canadian Federal Government Is Contemplating New Leave Management Policy)

The Canadian federal government recently mused about the possibility of updating parental leave, specifically for new dads. It made news and, for those who love and hate the idea both came out in full force and articulated their respective arguments through a variety of social media platforms. Whether you are or against it, one thing is clear, time is changing. This would perhaps be unheard of some 30 or 50 years ago. In actuality, there is nothing new about such a leave, because in the province of Quebec, new dads can take up five weeks leave while the province covers 70% of their salary.

The role of fatherhood has changed dramatically in the last several years. Josh levs a journalist for CNN wrote a book titled “All In” after he approached his employer to request time-off for the birth of his new baby. During an interview with Brigid Schulte of The Washington Post, he revealed, in part, “I’d been covering parenting issues for CNN, and then all of a sudden I was in the news. I was doing stories and columns on fatherhood, then my wife was about to have our daughter. My employer, Time Warner, had an extremely unusual policy: anyone could get 10 weeks of paid leave to take care of a new child – except the man who’d impregnated the mother of his child. Me. The biological father.”

Canadian Federal Government Is Contemplating New Leave Management Policy

So, will this type of leave management affect Canadian businesses? All indications are this is in the infancy stage. However, if you are one of those businesses who currently track employee vacation, and other time-off requests through a series of spreadsheets, it’s not too late to make the switch to an automated time and attendance system that will automatically track your company’s leave management.

ATS Time and Attendance Leave Management System automates employee time-off request. With ATS Leave Management System employers can accurately enforce leave management policies, and approvals based on an organization’s unique business processes.

To learn more about ATS Time and Attendance Leave Management System, go to our website to download a demonstration or a brochure. To reach an account executive by phone, call 866.294.2467.

Calling In Sick, Employees Top 10 Excuses

October 31st, 2014 | Posted by Apex Time Solutions in Absence Management | Benefit Accruals | Leave Management - (Comments Off on Calling In Sick, Employees Top 10 Excuses)

Many companies have leave management policies in place to assist employees with time-off requests, and others are perhaps a bit strict in their approach to employee absence since it will impact the business and projects.  Each year several research firms and employment job sites generate a list of employee excuses for calling in sick. One of such most recent study is by CareerBuilder who publish a list of the top 10 excuses by for playing hooky.

These wonderful excuses include:

1) Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
2) Employee’s plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some “tweaking” to get it just right.
3) Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
4) Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
5) Employee woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.
6) Employee had a “lucky night” and didn’t know where he was.
7) Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn’t get out.
8) Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
9) Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
10) Employee accidentally got on a plane.

You can read the survey in its entirety by going to the company’s website. Yet many experts have also suggested that it’s important to take time off especially if it’s means your mental and physical health is at stake. In an article, titled “No more excuses: Take a day off” penned by Bob Barnett for CNN-details the importance of taking time off.

So, does your company allow for time off for those stressful days? If not, it might be time to approach your HR manager and ask about the company’s leave policies.

Calling In Sick, Employees Top 10 Excuses