FLSA issues for 2018

As we enter into a new calendar year there are a lot of Department of Labor issues employers should be concerned with in handling employees. I am not going to cover all of them, but I do want to talk about several. Employee classification One of the biggest issues of 2017 will continue to be …

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Future Friday: Will the daily commute always be there?

I do a webinar on the subject of telecommuting, where I extol the virtues of telecommuting. At one time telecommuting seemed to be the major trend of the “future of work.” However, with recent moves by IBM, Yahoo, Honeywell and Aetna to make employees come back to the office, one might wonder if telecommuting will …

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The Obama era overtime changes are finally dead, maybe

On the last day of August a federal judge, Judge Amos Mazzant, seemed to settle the Obama administration’s attempt to alter the salary levels necessary to consider an employee exempt from being paid overtime. Or did he? A bit of history As you may recall, about this time last year companies were gearing up for …

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Turn your hood around; you might be able to see your mistake.

I occasionally report on Stupid HR situations. The EEOC told the story of one such situation, in a recent press release titled Downhole Technology to Pay $120,000 To Settle EEOC Suit for Race-Based Harassment and Retaliation. The company reaction to an employee’s claim qualifies as “stupid HR” in my opinion. Not a joke If you …

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Not enough money spent in HR teaching the rules

I read a lot of articles and newsletters from law firms and the government looking for topics for this blog. They are not hard to find.  Here is a list from the EEOC: ABL Management to Pay $35,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit with EEOC Desco Industries Will Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit Country …

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Future Friday: Will the Gig economy change the way we work internally?

In a brief video, Rawn Shah, Director of Rising Edge, an independent consultancy focusing on work culture, collaboration, management models, and the future of work, suggested a different view of how we view work. He said that we should not view ourselves as having one job, or even a series of jobs, rather we should …

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Who do you report harassment to if the harasser is the CEO?

I wrote back in 2015 about the importance of having multiple ways for an employee to report sexual harassment. This was based on another post I had done in 2011. In 2015 I said: “…it is important to have multiple ways an employee can report harassment. With many companies this is reporting to HR. However, …

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Will “Right-to-Work” become Federal law?

I have written a number of times on the subject of “right-to-work”. Here and Here. To quote myself “The concept of “right-to-work” is that you cannot force an employee to have to belong to a union and pay union dues in order to keep his/her job. In a non-RtW state, after a probationary period, an …

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The FLSA changes have been stopped, NOW WHAT?

Most of you by now have heard that the FLSA changes on the salary level to be and exempt employee scheduled to go into effect on December 1 have been stopped, at least temporarily, by a Federal judge in Texas. This will have different meaning to different parties, depending on where they were in the …

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What the heck is vicarious liability and why should you care?

Many of us are probably aware of the meaning of vicarious, especially as it applies to pleasure. Watching TV or reading a book allows us to vicariously enjoy or experience what the characters are doing, but how does that relate to the term liability? Vicarious comes from the Latin vicarius meaning substituted, thus vicarious liability …

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