Question: We received a question regarding unpaid FMLA leave and holiday pay. An employee has requested unpaid FMLA leave. There are paid holidays during the leave period. Is the employee entitled to holiday pay?
Response: In determining whether an employee on FMLA leave is entitled to holiday pay for a holiday that falls during the leave period, the employer's policy governs. The FMLA Regulations provide specifically that "[a]n employee's entitlement to benefits other than group health benefits during a period of FMLA leave (e.g., holiday pay) is to be determined by the employer's established policy for providing such benefits when the employee is on other forms of leave (paid or unpaid, as appropriate.)" See 29 CFR 825.209(h). In other words, the employer's policy relative to holiday pay eligibility and whether FMLA leave affects it should be uniformly enforced for all types of leaves to avoid potential discrimination or retaliation claims. If employees on other types of leaves of absence, whether protected by the FMLA or not, are eligible for holiday pay, employees on FMLA leave should be, too.
If your policy does not specifically address holiday pay eligibility under these circumstances, we recommend that you consider revising your policy to ensure it addresses this issue in a manner that comports with your company's objectives while remaining compliant with applicable law. Any policy that is changed should be communicated in advance of its implementation, and uniformly enforced to avoid discrimination concerns. From an employee relations standpoint, if this is the first situation of its kind and your policy is silent, you may want to consider paying the subject employee for the holidays until such time as the policy is changed (and then move forward consistent with the new policy), even though strictly speaking this is not a statutory requirement.
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In the center of North Carolina, Biesse’s Charlotte Campus will host the first Inside Biesse event of Spring 2017, on March 23 and 24. We are pleased to invite you to join us and discover over 23,000 sqft of innovative technology at our state of the art showroom. We will demonstrate solutions that combine the high output numbers of the assembly chain with the tailor-made value of artisan craftsmanship. You will see exciting new technology like the revolutionary Winstore Automation and Management Systems, Panel Saws with the patented twin pusher technology, Viet’s Opera R, the only automated solution for sanding of MDF doors with flat center panel as well as removal of cross grain scratching of solidwood doors, CNC Routers with leading-edge technology, the award winning AirForce Hot Air System that delivers a zero-glue-line, drilling solutions, 5 Axis Machines, plus much more.
Industry professionals will be present for exchanging ideas, learning about new technology and discussing Industry 4.0. Consult with Biesse’s product specialists, each with over 20 years of experience in the woodworking industry, who will be on hand to show you how Biesse technology can increase your production and advance your bottom line.
Please join us and let our knowledge go to work for you! To register, visit www.biesse.com/na
BIESSE S.p.A. - Biesse Group is a global leader in technology for processing wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal. It designs, manufactures and distributes machines, integrated systems and software for manufacturers of furniture, door/window frames and components for the construction, ship-building and aerospace industries. It invests on average 14 million Euro per year in R&D, boasting over 200 registered patents. It operates through 8 industrial sites, 34 branches and 300 agents and selected dealers, exporting 90% of its production. Its customers include some of the most prestigious names in Italian and international design. Founded in Pesaro in 1969, by Giancarlo Selci, the company has been listed on the Stock Exchange (STAR segment) since June 2001. It now counts 3.450 employees throughout the world.
Keystone Wood Specialties offers “Greenery,” Pantone’s color of the year for 2017. Or, if you prefer, choose from their list of other stains, paints and glaze combinations. If you don’t find what you need, Keystone will custom color match your order to your supplied color sample. All Keystone finished products include two coats of water resistant catalyzed varnish.
Drive sales and business awareness with WalzCraft’s New Customizable Marketing Cards. Our Customizable Marketing Cards offer an easy way to get your company’s information directly into the hands of your customers. Available in two design options that both display your company’s logo and contact information, as well as your choice of 16 of our Signature Series Door Designs, or 8 Door Designs and our Cabinet Refacing images.
These 11” x 8 1/2” Marketing Cards are printed on high quality 14pt paper, with a full color, glossy finish on both the front and back sides. To request more information, please contact our Customer Support Team at CustomerSupport@WalzCraft.com or call 1-800-237-1326.
WalzCraft manufactures custom cabinet doors, drawer fronts, dovetail drawer boxes, cabinet components and millwork for custom cabinetmakers and cabinet refacers throughout the United States and Canada. Founded in 1982, WalzCraft has built a reputation for producing a High-quality product, at a competitive price, with a short delivery cycle, while offering a vast array of options from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 2600 Hemstock Street in La Crosse, WI. http://walzcraft.com
The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) is pleased to announce the organization’s Board of Directors for 2017. The NBMDA Board is comprised of industry executives from both distributor and manufacturer member firms within the specialty building material, kitchen & bath and woodworking industries.
“It is my pleasure to announce this year’s NBMDA Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have such a strong leadership base to guide the organization leading into 2017,” said NBMDA Executive Vice President Kevin Gammonley. “I am confident that this year’s Board of Directors have the insight and experience to help NBMDA achieve its goals and thrive in 2017.”
The 2017 NBMDA Board of Directors includes:
2017 NBMDA President:
Pinellas Park, Florida
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Charlotte, North Carolina
Immediate Past President:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Manufacturer/Service Provider Directors:
Kernersville, North Carolina
Arauco North America
The Woodlands, Texas
For more information about NBMDA, visit www.nbmda.org or contact NBMDA Headquarters at 888.747.7862.
NBMDA is a trade association representing the leading wholesale distributors of wood panels, surfacing materials, cabinet hardware, finishes and related products. Membership is comprised of distributors and manufacturers that serve the independent building material, and kitchen and bath dealer as well as those that serve production companies involved in cabinetry, architectural woodwork, stock woodwork, store fixtures, solid surface fabricating, plastics fabricating, general and specialty woodworking industries. For more information, visit www.nbmda.org.
Stiles Machinery, Inc is celebrating a successful series of educational events held by a variety of technical experts across the country aimed at educating woodworking manufacturers on techniques and principles for improving quality and efficiency in solid wood and furniture manufacturing.
Dozens of manufacturers learned the keys to successful nested base manufacturing through a work cell workshop held at Trickett Woodworks in Auburn, New Hampshire on December 8th. Partnering with Alliance Machinery, experts from Stiles hosted demonstrations on a fully-operational work cell including the WEEKE Vantech 510 CNC router with automatic off-loading, the WEEKE ABD 050 CNC for drill and dowel insertion and the BRANDT Ambition 1230FC Edgebander with pre-milling and corner rounding for furniture manufacturing.
Across the country on the same day, cabinet manufactures in California learned valuable techniques on how to be more efficient and productive at a Stiles Lunch and Learn event held in the company’s showroom in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Experts discussed and demonstrated assembly methods, material selection, machining processes and door and frame component processing construction methods for face frame cabinetry.
Solid wood manufacturers in the Northeast also enjoyed a Stiles’ Lunch and Learn event held at RT Machine Company in Hughesville, Pennsylvania last month focused on moulders, profile grinders and wide belt sanders. Partnering with RT Machinery, technology experts from Stiles discussed principles and techniques in sanding and moulding solid wood materials with demonstrations on the KENTWOOD M609S moulder and the BUTFERING 325 RC, creating large base moulding and sanding door frames. A variety of other solid wood solutions for planning, sanding, grinding and cutting material were showcased in RT Machinery’s 5,000 square foot showroom.
Stiles Machinery hosts educational events for manufacturers throughout the year covering a wide variety of topics discussing and demonstrating woodworking techniques, applications and processes aimed at helping manufacturers improve their quality, operate more efficiently and grow their business. For a list of events head to www.stilesmachinery.com/events. Stiles Machinery also offers a variety education and training through Stiles University. For a list of credited courses go to https://www.stilesmachinery.com/SU.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For 50 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. As the largest supplier of quality machinery, Stiles
provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial services,
education, service and parts. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point,
North Carolina; Toms River, New Jersey; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud
member of the HOMAG Group, a global leader in the production of industrial machines for the manufacturing.
Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
As we round the corner to 2017, a group of manufacturers on the Stiles European Benchmarking Tour are factoring in their experience abroad to shape their future strategies and growth plans. The annual technology tour through Austria, Switzerland and Germany in September immersed attendees in batch-size-one production, intelligent storage and retrieval systems, robotics, and materials flow offering a personalized preview into trends that are beginning to influence the North American furniture market.
The 2016 tour brought together a wide-ranging group of about 30 North American manufacturing executives of store fixtures, cabinets, closets, lockers, and other furniture to explore the unique processes, strategies, and business plans of five of the most innovative, efficient, and productive manufacturing facilities in Europe. Over the course of a week, participants explored not only technology, but also how these companies overcame challenges, bottlenecks, and cultural changes, and discovered new ways to think about their own business operations.
Plant tours ran the gamut from top producers of kitchen cabinets, medical, commercial, and institutional furniture to store fixtures, including:
• Hali Betriebs GmbH, in Eferding, Austria, is one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in Austria, manufacturing in a 250,000-square-foot facility. The company uses batch size one processes to produce office furniture in more than 48 million possible variations in just 15 days from order to delivery.
• Loosli Küchen AG, in Wyssachen, Switzerland, produces kitchen and bathroom cabinetry using a wide variety of materials, finishes, and thicknesses, with only 7 percent waste. Located in a small, 10,000-square-foot facility, the focus is on creative use of space, including a fully automated 32-level storage and retrieval system to hold finished jobs until shipping.
• Alpnach Küchen AG, in Strengelbach, Switzerland, produces 1,200 different styles of kitchen cabinets in its 6,000-square-foot plant. To produce about 2,000 kitchens per year, the company essentially eliminated the need for material storage by focusing its manufacturing on the cabinet doors and bringing in pre-cut carcasses for edgebanding, drilling, and assembly.
• Kettnaker GmbH & Co. KG, in Dürmentingen, Germany, designs and manufactures high-end modular furniture systems for living rooms and bedrooms using batch size one processes. The plant is notable for using no melamine in its cabinets and applying lacquer and veneer finishes in house.
• Ziefle Koch GmbH, in Waldachtal, Germany, produces furniture for instructional and educational facilities, clinics, medical centers, and restaurants, working in a wide range of unusual materials.
Because European manufacturing technologies and strategies tend to lead those of North American manufacturing practices by five to eight years, the annual technology tour allows North American manufacturers to benchmark themselves against companies in similar business situations and with similar limitations, including limited manufacturing space, density in local markets, and labor challenges. Trends toward efficiency, optimization and automation gave the group great insight to the future of their manufacturing.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For more than 50 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. As the largest supplier of quality machinery, Stiles provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial services, education, service and parts. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point, North Carolina; Toms River, New Jersey; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG Group, a global leader in the production of industrial machines for the manufacturing. Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
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