The 10 Types of PTO

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70% of employees have access to paid days off from work for sick or vacation time. Although these are common paid time off programs, sick and vacation days aren’t the only time off work you can offer. Get the scoop on different types of paid time off below….

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Don’t let your Employee Handbook collect dust

An employee handbook can be the foundation of employee performance or it can be a ticking time bomb that confuses employees. It all depends on how well it’s written and put to use. Churches face many hazards if they try to whip up handbooks on the fly. Too often, handbooks are inconsistent with the way…

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Strategic Management of Vacation Requests

You want to support employees by providing the opportunity for work/life harmony, but you also have a church to run. Sometimes it is difficult to juggle multiple vacation requests around popular vacation times, especially during the summer months and other holiday times throughout the year. Below we have provided a few tips, suggestions and best…

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Is it Vacation or Paid Time Off?

Traditionally, churches had offered separate paid time off benefits to employees, such as paid vacation, sick leave and personal days. However, in the past decade, many churches have moved to a more flexible Paid Time Off or “PTO” benefit that incorporates all policies into one all-inclusive PTO plan. The debate as to whether churches benefit…

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3-Minute HR Fitness Test

An HR Audit helps determine the effectiveness of the necessary HR function of your church. It represents a systematic, objective tool to assess regulatory or policy compliance in the workplace, and you can take it as many times as you like. (Note: Not designed to be comprehensive for every church, the following list of questions…

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How Many Hours Should a Pastor Work?

For most business professionals, there is a societal assumption that the person will work at least 40 hours per week, on a somewhat predictable schedule (that the person will be in the office most weekdays- 5 days from 8 am to 5 pm, for example). But most pastors do not fit this assumption and will work more…

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Should we ban romantic relationships in the church?

Depending on the nature of the relationship, how you handle workplace romances is mostly up to your organization’s preference or policy. If the employees do not report to one another and are engaged in a mutually consenting relationship, no action may be needed. Some organizations prefer to ban office dating, but I find this difficult…

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Create and Maintain an Employee Handbook

As your church grows, the way you conduct your church business may change and therefore the procedures of your employees may change as well. Employee handbooks are always a working document with natural change due to federal and state laws. Your employee handbook should be reviewed and updated no less than annually to avoid your…

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Can an employee submit a new W-4 at any time?

Yes, an employee may submit a new W-4 anytime they have changes. Often, they’ll submit a new form when they know they’ll be changing exemptions, adjustments, deductions, or credits on their return. For example, an employee may want to increase their withholding by decreasing the number of dependents they claim. Or they might want to…

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Employee handbooks: 10 mistakes to avoid

Your employee handbook can be an invaluable organizational tool. In recent years, Congress and state legislatures have been busy enacting laws that directly affect your employee handbook. If your employee handbook hasn’t been updated in the past six months, it’s out of date. Here are 10 common handbook mistakes you should avoid: 1. Using form…

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