What exactly does “exempt” mean?

This is a fairly consistent question from employers today so I decided to rerun this post. There is an update at the end, however. The Fair Labor Standards Act tells us we have two types of employees, non-exempt and exempt. Unfortunately these terms are not very explanatory and people often get them confused. Let me …

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Two News Items of Interest to HR

The arena of human resources is not a static one. Rather, one of the main challenges for people in the profession is the fact that rules, regulations, and practices are changing all the time. In that vein, I have several things in the news of which you need to be aware. Exempt salary level Back …

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Government starting to recognize the gig economy exists

Do you know anyone that drives for Uber? What about someone who does side jobs in areas such as small maintenance, sewing, dog-sitting, or even childcare? What about you? Do you do some consulting on the side? If the answer is yes, then you know about the gig economy. It is becoming an ever-growing part …

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Here is your chance to impact the FLSA. Act now!

Last fall when the Department of Labor, under the Obama administration, changed the salary levels by which an employee was determined to be exempt or nonexempt. There was a great outcry. You bitched, you moaned and cried. You said it was too much. You said it would be a burden to go through the effort. …

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The Department of Labor stepping back from some Obama era regulations

It is no secret that many of the rules changes made by the Obama administration were not considered business friendly. It was that administration’s way of making progress on regulation that was held up in the gridlock from Congress. With the Trump administration now in place there is a different agenda and we are already …

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#SHRM16 report Day 3- Focus on the FLSA

Today I attended two packed sessions on the FLSA and its impact on companies. One session dealt with nonprofits and the second dealt with the FLSA overtime rules in general. #SHRM16 People still very concerned about the FLSA. Room packed for @TDMcCutchen presentation. pic.twitter.com/h1tEY2Bv3X — Mike Haberman (@MikeHaberman) June 21, 2016 Nonprofits The session was …

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Future Friday: The rise of conflicting trends

As we move into a new “generation” era I see conflicting trends arising in the workplace. The wants and desires of workers don’t mesh with the wants and desires that our government perceives we have. Individual identity is being subsumed into the collective. There is a desire for protection from the evils of the world, …

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Why it is important to have accurate time records!

Continuing with the theme that I established yesterday, poor HR practices, today I want to talk about the importance of keeping accurate time records. Supposedly we all know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires accurate time records for non-exempt employees. That is the basis on which we determine how much they are to …

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The changes in the FLSA may be here sooner than we think

Johnny Cash’s song Folsom Prison Blues starts off with the lyrics “I hear the train a comin’ It’s rolling round the bend.” Those are lyrics that are appropriate for the coming changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act. I wrote about this originally in The New Proposed FLSA Regulations and What They Mean for Employers. …

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Are you aware the Feds are about to rattle your world?

Most of you have heard the uproar in the press about minimum wage. Some of you may have heard the stuff about changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act and other wage and hour issues. I wanted to set the record right about these things. Federal Contractors First… none of this stuff has been put …

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