With the coming change, beginning in 2019, to lower the hours worked in agriculture from 10 to 8 per day, there are also other changes to consider. First, right now, we encourage our employers to give their employees 30 hours of sick pay per year. As the hours drop after 2019, the hours of sick pay should also drop until they reach 8 hours x 3 days or 24 hours. So employees will lose 6 hours of sick pay over time. Again, you cannot make that change now, but understand it will be a change in a few years.
Second and more important, vacation hours will change. In the past, it was not really correct to say you get “one week” of vacation because that does not define an exact number of hours offered. So, we changed your employee packets to say 1 week (60 hours). Now, we need to start changing that again and we need to do it soon. Many customers also offer 2 weeks of vacation (120 hours) after anywhere from 2-5 years later. So, an employee hired in 2017 may be seeing his hours reduced by as much as 20 hours in a week by the time they get that 2 week vacation. For that reason, we are proposing a change to employee vacation policy that states the employee will earn the equivalent of one week of vacation based on the consistent average of the work weeks from the previous year. In other words, if an employee works around 40 hours a week, they will get a 40 hour vacation. If they average 45 hours a week, it will be 45 hours of vacation. It does not have to be an exact average, but based on the common hours worked weekly. The same will stand for the 2 week vacation.
If you are an HR Mobile Services, Inc. full-service customer, we will be working to change these policies over the next year. We see the employee packet as a living document and we make changes large and small about 3 times a year for our customers. If you have an employee handbook from an attorney, it may not be as up-to-date as Federal Law and State laws change constantly.