Five acts that violate the overtime provisions of the FLSA- again

I am still doing webinars on violations of the FLSA because employers still make these mistakes.  I spent an hour reading material on the many employers who make FLSA mistakes. Stop! Learn the correct ways! CNN Money published a list of the top 10 industries that violate the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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Future Friday: The dark side of the gig economy

With the projections that 40% of the workforce may be gig workers by 2025 many people are paying attention to the gig economy. With stories if Uber workers making $80,000 or more per year while being free to set their own schedule many people find this attractive. But as with many things there is a …

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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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Pay equity is more than giving everyone the same amount of money

A few months ago Dan Price of Gravity Payments was lauded in the news for decreasing his salary and raising everyone else’s to a minimum of $70,000. This was heralded as the next wave of compensation. Unfortunately Mr. Price’s compensation experiment has backfired on him and his company. Trouble in paradise Now three months later …

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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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Future Friday: Pushing the minimum wage

Earlier this week in a podcast I talked about the near future of HR. Just in case you thought I was blowing smoke I present to you a statement from the current Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez. It is entitled: Statement by US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez on mayors’ resolution calling for an increase …

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Minimum Wage Changes for 2014

  There are a good number of states that have indexed their minimum wage rates to the Consumer Price Index. Thus as of January 2, 2014 you have to pay people the higher rate if they have been paid less. In addition you will have to post what the new minimum wage is as of …

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HR Predictions for 2014

  What does 2014 hold for the compliance arena in HR? Glad you asked. Here are my predictions for 2014. Midterm Elections The year 2014 is a midterm election year. It is a big one. There are 36 governor spots up for contention. There are also 35 Senate seats in contention and dozens of spots …

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The Next Two Pieces of Federal Legislation

  Congress has been pretty dysfunctional the last couple of years. I mean by dysfunctional that they have not passed any employment related legislation. I am not necessarily saying that is a good thing or a bad thing. However, there are two pieces of legislation that seem to have the tide of opinion moving in …

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Political Update: Comp Time Bill Proposed in the U.S. Senate

As many of you know I teach the PHR certification classes that are offered at two local universities. One of the modules that is covered is one on compensation. We cover the Fair Labor Standards Act in class, of which two components cover the minimum wage and the subject of compensatory time (comp time).These two …

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