The international law firm Eversheds released today an app for iPhone and Blackberry that offers Q&A style answers to common human resources legal issues and covers 25 international jurisdictions. Looks like Droid users are out of luck, but there is also a desktop version available.
Here's an example of one of the more in-depth answers.
What are the minimum holiday entitlements in the USA:
There are no minimum holiday entitlements as employees are not automatically entitled to paid or unpaid holiday (commonly known as ‘vacation’ in the US). Employers determine:
• whether to provide vacation;
• how much vacation the employee may take each year;
• whether employees may carry over unused vacation from year to year; and
• whether employees are paid for unused vacation on termination (subject to applicable state law).
Most employers allow employees to schedule vacation when they choose, subject to a supervisor’s approval and business needs. Most employers do provide full-time employees with paid vacation of one to four weeks of paid leave per year, and many employers increase vacation based on an employee’s length of service.
In addition, most employers provide employees with ten paid holidays per year, coinciding with major holidays such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years’ Day.
The app of course comes with the standard disclaimer:
"PLEASE NOTE. These applications are not a substitute for legal advice. All efforts have been made to ensure the content is accurate and up to date, however this application is to be used as a guide only."