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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The U.S. Department of Labor announces a new office to help employers and workers understand compliance better.

The USDOL has announced the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) which will promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans’ wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to …

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How much do you really trust the government?

The US Department of Labor is trying to become a much friendlier agency when dealing with employers, really they are. They have reinstituted opinion letters, where employers can reach out to the USDOL and get information about a situation, that handled incorrectly could result in a lawsuit. These opinion letters can then act as guidance …

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Other implications of misclassifying employees

When you read stories about employee misclassification most people have a tendency to think exempt vs nonexempt. Generally this kind of reclassification means an employee will now be eligible for overtime compensation and any back pay that may be due. But what happens when the employee has been classified as an independent contractor vs employee? …

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New posters required by the US Department of Labor

With all the changes going on in the government it should be no surprise that new posters have been produced. Minimum wage This has nothing to do with the new regulations going into effect on December 1, 2016 this year. This is actually the $7.25 minimum wage poster. It is new, and required, because the …

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Making you a better professional: Four great reads in HR

Today I am letting you know about four great posts from other writers. These posts will educated and inform you. They did me. Maybe we are offering something we don’t have to First up is Robin Shea. She wrote about a study that shows that flexibility in a work schedule may not be as important …

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Wage and Hour lessons- Damn this stuff gets complicated!

Rather than subjecting you to my writing today I am going to expose you to the writing of four excellent attorneys who also write great blog posts. The common theme to these four posts is wage and hour issues. This is important with the new exempt regulations looming on the near horizon. Minimum wage issues …

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If you use Independent Contractors are you free from union trouble?

The logical answer to that question would normally be “yes.” Unions are groups of employees that have gathered to provide them the opportunity to deal with wages, hours and working conditions, but if you have been paying attention you know the National Labor Relations Board has been working hard to extend their domain into non-union …

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Report from #SHRM15: The USDOL Causes a Buzz

The morning of the last day of the #SHRM15 conference started with Dr. Oz. I was prepared not to be all that interested in what he had to say, but he was actually pretty interesting. Here are some of his pearls of wisdom from my Tweets: HR is the cutting edge of healthcare because we …

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Federal Court affirms that federal contractors have to inform workers of unionization rights

Back on May 20, 2010, the USDOL issued a final regulation implementing Executive Order 13496, which requires non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. That final regulation was challenged by some trade groups of contractors saying that the poster infringed on employers’ …

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