This Issue's Theme: Managing Sick Leave, Absences, Vacations July 18, 2008   

Editor's Note

There are employees who come to work every day. Just like the children who get perfect attendance certificates at school, these employees never take time off for relaxation, family, travel, and yes, even illness. They share their stress and their germs, and they stand to remind us that there is more to life than work. While an employer might feel resentful on some level at having to pay employees to not come to work, there is a purpose to vacation and sick leave. Allowing employees to prioritize their personal needs makes for a happier and healthier workforce and, in the end, the job gets done and it gets done better. The articles presented in this Bi-Weekly Business Bullet shed some insight into the issues surrounding vacation and sick leave. As always, we encourage readers to click the Post Comment option at the bottom of our articles, add your own ideas and share your experiences.

Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor
AccountingWEB, Inc.

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News and Tips

The changing landscape of taking time off from work, and getting paid too

Taking time off from work, whether you're sick or just need some vacation time, is no longer a given. While many employees can call in sick and still get paid, even if a family member is ill and needs care, that's not true for all workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 43 percent of Americans get a smaller paycheck if they can't go to work due to illness. A bill in Congress would mandate that businesses with 15 or more workers to provide at least seven paid sick days per year. more

Summer absenteeism a common practice

As temperatures begin to rise, so may unscheduled absences in the workplace. The Workforce Institute has announced the findings of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Kronos Incorporated. According to the "Summer Absenteeism" survey, an overwhelming 39 percent of employees working full time have called in sick to work to enjoy a day off during the summer vacation season. more

Small business travelers need to leave some 'baggage' at home

Although many small business owners take "working" vacations, the American Small Business Travelers Alliance has five simple rules small businesses can follow to achieve an effective work- vacation balance. By following a few simple rules, small business owners can enjoy their vacation time and keep an eye on business. more

Survey: Two-thirds who call in sick aren't really ill

A survey suggests that U.S. workers may need more flexible work arrangements, as they are using their sick time to handle family emergencies or personal issues. While 34 percent of people who call in sick to work at the last minute do so because of illness, 66 percent are taking time for other reasons. more

Support for Aging Parent Care is looming workplace issue

More than 44 million Americans are caring for an aging relative and 29 million of these are employed, according to the nonprofit National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that in 2008, "54 percent of the work force will be involved in caring for an older person," the AARP Bulletin says. Turnover is high among these workers, many of whom are sandwiched between two generations who need care - their young children and their aging parents. more

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Marketers Unite!

The first Association for Accounting Marketing (AAM) annual conference I attended was in 2001 in Toronto. Last week's gathering in San Diego was a stark contrast. Oh, sure, some things haven't changed, such as few CPAs in the mix. These conferences are outstanding opportunities for a firm's managing partner to accompany the marketing director they are sending. Hopefully, someday that will be the norm rather than the exception. more

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