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45% of U.S. Workers Taking Time Off to Deal with Legal Matters

We live in a litigious world, and a new survey finds all our legal wrangling is interrupting our work day. And that's not hearsay!

A national Workplace Options/Public Policy Polling poll admits a modern workplace statistic into evidence: 45% of U.S. employees admit to taking time out of their work day to deal with a legal "situation" involving them, their family members, or close friends.

How are they dealing with these legal interruptions? One-third (33%) are using paid time off or time off the clock, and 16% of these employees do not tell the employer what they're taking time off to do. Slightly more than six in 10 employees (61%) said they need the entire work day off to deal with legal matters, while more than three in 10 employees (37%) require "multiple" days off.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the vast majority of those surveyed (90%) place legal matters in the "stressful events" category.

So what can employers do? One option is to provide legal resources and referrals to employees who need a legal eagle's counsel.

Anyway, whoomp, there it is. Or is it "Whoot, There It Is" by 95 South? I enjoyed both versions of the song, take your pick. All I know is that the song "Whoomp! (There It Is)" by Tag Team has made a lot of money thanks to sports arenas and a copyright battle ended up in court. Meanwhile, catchy tunes educate today's youth about the legal profession so they can one day accrue law school debt they might not be able to pay back.

If personal legal matters are being addressed on work time, then this non-lawyer has two words for you: you blend. Because you probably have a few colleagues who are quietly (or not so quietly) divorcing themselves from the reality of the workplace for a few hours here and there to take care of "things." Good luck. I hope your colleague gets to keep the house.


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