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Furloughs and unpaid time off create wage-and-hour problems

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Flexible work schedules have been all the rage in businesses across America. Employers advertising themselves as “family-friendly” offered flextime, family leave, telecommuting and paid sick leave. When it comes to recruiting workers, those are great ways for an organization to differentiate itself from run-of-the-mill competitors.

But then the recession hit, yanking the economy—and unemployment figures—25 years into the past.

Family-friendly practices have suddenly taken a back seat as struggling businesses focus on the bottom line. According to The Washington Post, some employees are so fearful of losing their jobs that they’re not taking time off to handle family responsibilities, believing that doing so could make them look less committed to work—and more expendable in a layoff.

Now employers are looking for other ways to give employees time off, albeit involuntarily. Family-friendly flexibility has been repl...(register to read more)

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