"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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Do You Have an HR "To-Don't" List?

Earlier in the month I got a newsletter from Daniel Pink, which I have just gotten around to reading. He always has good stuff so I made sure I saved it. One of the items he had in this one is something that he attributed to Tom Peters, also a favorite of mine. So I …

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Do You Think Telecommuting Can't Produce Great Work?

Laurie Ruettimann writes in her blog, The Cynical Girl, that Human Resources types are often the “roadblock” to organizations using telecommuting as a flexible workplace strategy. Since many HR folks are some of the most conservative people I know I agree with her statements. Many in HR don’t trust employees to be working hard while …

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Like Aristotle or a Team Owner? The Use of Rhetoric As An HR Core Competency

This morning I saw the following headline: Rhetoric Rises, clock ticks down on NFL talks. Many of you may have seen a similar story. Don’t worry I am not going to talk about football or even union tactics (though their use of decertification as a negotiating tactic might be interesting). I actually want to talk …

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Five Great Posts in Human Resources

I have been doing some reading so I thought I would give you the benefit of my “work”. These are 5 great posts on HR topics that I found informative, educational and stimulating. I thought you would feel the same. From Jim Brennan at Compensation Cafe we get Could You Be Accused of Wage Theft? …

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Recordkeeping Under the FLSA

As an HR consultant that specializes in working with smaller businesses I frequently get asked what records have to be kept and how long do they need to be kept. Well that is not an easy answer. Various statutes have different requirements. So in this post I am going to address recordkeeping under the Fair …

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You Used What Email Address???

Here is the scenario. You are looking for work and sending out resumes to companies  you would like to have as an employer. You think your skill set would fit well with their service. So hit SEND… and off the resume goes. You wait and wait and wait..  yet you never receive a response. You …

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Are You an HR Schmoozer or an HR Closer?

I recently read an article on Inc. Online entitled Are You a Schmoozer or a Closer? The author, John Warrillow, focuses his article on the premise that you need two different personalities doing sales for your organization. First is the “schmoozer”, which he defines as “… a front person for a company. Usually thought leaders, schmoozers …

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Employment Regulations Block Job Growth

Prominent in the news reports today is the unexpected job growth that has just been announced. (So much for the value of government prognosticators!) As I was listening to that news report I also happen to be opening an email from my friends at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. They had sent me one of their One …

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