The “new” rule for who is a spouse

As I have told classes and blog post readers the changing nature of relationships in the US will alter the framework and definitions we have in the workplace. Up to this time those changing definitions only applied to some states and to federal contractors under Executive Orders administered by the OFCCP. As of February 25, …

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The USDOL is looking for ideas and there is a deadline of February 25th

As you know many of us in HR and business complain about the regulations that the DOL develop and enforce based upon legislation that has been passed.  The U.S. Department of Labor is looking to be “smarter” as they say and they are soliciting ideas on a set of questions. Their appeal to the public …

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Two New Executive Actions on Pay that Federal Contractors Must Heed

One April 8, 2014 President Barak Obama signed two Executive actions that require Federal Contractors to abide with new pay rules. Failure to abide with these orders could result in loss of all federal contracts the company has and at minimum will increase scrutiny of the company by the OFCCP. Federal contractors are any company …

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Government Intrusion: Good thing or a New Low?

  Would you avoid a business that has a reputation for under paying workers? What about one that was being sued for discrimination? What about one that just had a reputation for not being fair? Well the US Department of Labor is betting you will. They are trying to supply consumers with that sort of …

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The US DOL Fights Child Labor Violations IN OTHER COUNTRIES!

  I have great news! Apparently all child labor violations in the US have been solved. We have eliminated child labor violations in the our country so now the United States Department of Labor is fighting child labor violations in other countries. US DOL International Division? Did you know that the United States Department of …

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The DOL at Your Door – What Do You Do Now?

  A little neighbor girl came up to me and said “Knock, knock.” Of course you know how this goes. “Who’s there? Boo. Boo who? What are you crying about?”  This was followed by a 6 year-old’s laughter for the great joke she had told. But if you are an employer “Knock, Knock” is not …

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USDOL Timekeeping App: Better Watch For It

I participated in a webinar today about the FLSA and breaks and meal times. I have written about this before (see Breaks, Meal Times and the FLSA) so I am not going to repeat that information. In the discussion we were having I mentioned that employers needed to pay attention to recording break times because their employees …

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Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers: Revisted

In May of 2009 I wrote a post about Why Unions Are Bad For Companies, Employees and Customers. It was very popular and has gotten a good number of comments both pro and con. I am reproducing that post here because unions are still having an impact on business, jobs and the economy.  The National …

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Why HR Is Important! Employees, Regulations and Scenarios.

HR important? “Surely you jest”, you say. But I kid you not and the good folks at the McKinsey Quarterly support me. Now in the spirit of transparency I do have to admit that the McKinsey people did not say that directly. What they did say was found in a study entitled Why Good Companies …

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Small Business HR: Yes There Are A Lot of Laws You Must Comply With

I help small businesses on a daily basis deal with human resources issues. I also teach the fundamentals of human resources to classes that often include small business managers. Both my clients and my students are often shocked and many are dismayed at the number of laws that they have to comply with to be …

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