The USDOL finally gives us the updated Overtime Rule!

I am been saying it since 2016 that the US Department of Labor would be issuing new rules for who was to be paid overtime and who was not. Since the Obama administration’s attempt to update the overtime rules was killed in 2016 we have been waiting for the Trump Department of Labor to administer …

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Future Friday: Older workers switching to “anticipatory careers”: A revisit

If you thought your older workers are going to go silently into retirement you need to be rethinking that. According to writer Richard Eisenberg workers over 50 are going to have multiple options that will keep them in play for many years after what would be the normal retirement age. Anticipatory careering One option that …

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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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What is the Workflex in the 21st Century Act?

We all know that workplace flexibility, family-friendly policies, and paid leave are at the forefront of many company and legislative discussions. Numerous articles condemn the lack of family-friendly policies in the US, see here and here. As a reaction, many states have, or are in the process of, passing local legislation requiring various levels of …

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Is mandatory paid Family and Medical leave just around the corner?

Back in December I somewhat addressed this topic with my post Mandated Paid Sick Leave- an inevitability? Now we see movement toward mandatory paid family and medical leave with the introduction of a bill in Congress. Is the time this trend will come to be? The US in last place According to the website Think …

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Five great reads to improve HR

Wednesday is always a good day to take a look at some writing other than mine that others have found interesting. So here are five selections that will educate you and improve you. Selection One Oops Uber made it in the news, but not in a good way. Julianne Pepitone wrote in CNN Tech “Susan Fowler, …

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The EEOC adds two new areas of investigation interest

On October 17, 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated version of their Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) that was originally developed in 2012. In doing so they added two areas of enforcement  of which employers need to be aware. Old areas Before I talk about the new areas it would probably be …

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A Checklist & Schedule for Workplace Injuries

I have had some safety focus of late. I posted How to prevent falls in the workplace and How will the “gig” economy affect safety. When my friends at SocialMonsters.org offered up this post I thought it was a natural fit.  Nearly 13 deaths were reported every day in 2014, according to the United States …

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Future Friday: The end of retirement?

I was reading an article in The Guardian about the five ways work will change in the future. The first four ways dealt with workplace structures, the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence, the increasing use of freelance labor and the increasing use of workplace monitoring. They are all subjects I have written about before in …

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More legislation proposed to clamp down on worker misclassification

The ongoing work on worker reclassification has yet another added component. In addition to the Memorandum of Understanding that the USDOL has had 23 states and multiple municipalities agree to, and the pronouncement by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that independent contractor misclassification is a prime campaign issue for her, we have two senators who have …

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