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Offering extra leave as hiring incentive: Any risk?

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Q. We are considering hiring a new RN. She is requesting an extra week of vacation above what our company policy offers. Would we be discriminating against our other full-time employees if we grant her request? — W.P., Illinois

A. You can certainly decide to give the new RN additional benefits, like an extra week of vacation. But you should consider whether you’ve given additional benefits to other employees and whether those employees are in a protected class.  

Also, document the reasons why you gave additional vacation to the RN. It must be a legitimate business reason, such as a hiring incentive to convince a good applicant to join the company. Finally, make sure you are not violating a collective bargaining agreement and any company policies.

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