What exactly does “exempt” mean?

This is a fairly consistent question from employers today so I decided to rerun this post. There is an update at the end, however. The Fair Labor Standards Act tells us we have two types of employees, non-exempt and exempt. Unfortunately these terms are not very explanatory and people often get them confused. Let me …

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Revisited:Under the FLSA a late paycheck is as bad as no paycheck

With the current government shutdown, many employees have been furloughed. Others have been described as “essential” and are required to work for no pay, with the promise of getting all monies owed them when a new budget is authorized. It has happened in the past, as described below, but this time it is going to …

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Future Friday: The future of learning is continuous learning and specific training

With advances in artificial intelligence, we are seeing changes in the way training is delivered. In Are Robo-Instructors The Future Of Corporate Training? author Josh Davis makes the statement: L&D professionals are rightly wondering whether they’ll soon be automated out of existence. After all, Google and YouTube are the de facto training departments for many …

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How long do I have to keep HR records? From the Archive

For the entirety of consulting I have gotten the question of how long records need to be kept. Since I got that question again last week I thought I would republish this post.  In my work, I spend time looking at the personnel files for many companies. Some of these files take up large amounts …

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Ten Human Resources Steps that WILL save you!

As I was teaching my HR certification class on Saturday we talked about the issue of how HR is to respond to an employee revealing information about actions that could be damaging to the company, but then asking HR to keep it confidential. Of course, HR cannot do that. They have an obligation to investigate. …

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Another Pink Observation: Lunch is the most important meal of the day for workers

Last week I talked about Daniel Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and described the case for When is the best time to make important decisions? In this week’s installment is about lunch and the evidence that it is the most important meal of the day if you expect productive workers. Breakfast …

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"Comp Time": A Big "No-No" in the Private Sector- From the Archive

I often get comments on my posts that are questions or pleas for help. I received on yesterday on the subject of comp time. As a result, I decided to republish this post from the past to explain how a private sector employer must handle employees who work overtime. One area of the Fair Labor …

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Future Friday: What are you doing to prevent the ongoing “brain drain”?

When you read the term “brain drain” most of us envision freshly trained, younger students, leaving a state or country and taking their talents elsewhere. Many of us have not thought about the brain drain that is occurring at the other end of the scale, baby boomers that are retiring and taking all their knowledge …

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A new test for determining if your intern should be a paid intern

The US Department of Labor is in the process of becoming a “friendlier” place. One such change has come in the form of a new test to determine if an intern can be an unpaid intern or if they should be paid. No longer six factors In 2011 I wrote a post called Unpaid Internships …

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From the Archive – Future Friday: The explanation of the future is about prediction and not certainty

Many people have been writing about predictions for 2018. I wanted to republish this post from last September as a reminder that there is nothing certain in those predictions. This past week Hurricane Irma ripped through the Southeast, wreaking mass destruction and havoc. Many people in the Southeast are not able to read this blog …

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