The new FLSA regulations are in place.

Well the change has been made. Fortunately it is not as bad as was originally expected. The new level to qualify to be an exempt employee is $913 per week or $47,476 per year which is better than $50,440. Unexpectedly they announced it will not be adjusted annually, as originally anticipated, but every three years. …

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Are you aware of this NEW law?

We in HR know that you need to have your radar on all the time watching for new laws you have to pay attention to in order to be compliant. This new law probably ducked under your radar, unless you are an attorney. Passed with little fanfare and effective immediately it is one of those …

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Why it is important to have accurate time records!

Continuing with the theme that I established yesterday, poor HR practices, today I want to talk about the importance of keeping accurate time records. Supposedly we all know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires accurate time records for non-exempt employees. That is the basis on which we determine how much they are to …

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Future Friday: The future worker is a contractor or is it?

A great deal has been written about the future of work in what has been called the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. The use of independent contractors has been deemed to be the way of the future. It appears however, that not everyone is bought into the concept. Contractors who considered themselves employees have filed lawsuits …

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The Quickest way to become a criminal

There are many ways to become a criminal. Speeding is a common one and probably the most common, but everyone knows they are breaking the law. What about a way to become a criminal without intending to be a criminal? There is one other way that many people don’t consider. Starting a business is one …

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Hey Employer don’t look to the USDOL for help

I recently attended a seminar conducted by the law firm Fisher & Phillips. During the presentations attorney Matt Simpson told us about some changes that the US Department of Labor has instituted that appear to be very anti-employer.  This was reiterated in an article written by attorney John E. Thompson that appeared in TLNT. How …

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Suspension without pay may be a COBRA qualifying event

Most HR people know that if an employee experiences a “qualifying event” under COBRA they must be sent the paperwork for continuation of insurance coverage.  According to the USDOL the qualifying events for employees are: Voluntary or involuntary termination of employment for reasons other than gross misconduct Reduction in the number of hours of employment …

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Predictions for HR Compliance in 2015

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post today’s post is about my predictions for the coming year in the area of HR legislation and regulation. So let me pull out my crystal ball and begin. Legislation As we all know the Republicans took control of Congress with the midterm election in November. This means that when …

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A Report Card on my HR Predictions for 2014

This time last year I made the following predictions on what would happen in HR compliance in 2014.  After each prediction I make a comment on what actually occurred. Read it and tell me how you think I did. Midterm Elections The year 2014 is a midterm election year. It is a big one. There …

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Good documentation pays off! Not once but TWO times.

Document, document, document… it seems often that this is all HR people in the “trench” ever say. Supervisors and managers get tired of hearing it and, face it, we get tired of saying. Generally nothing ever happens with that documentation given the thousands and thousands of time it is said. Just occasionally we get an …

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