What the Heck is "Doffing?"

I originally wrote this post back in 2011. You would think this is a simple issue, yet employers continue to get it wrong. Just yesterday I read an article written by the attorneys of Fox Rothchild, LLP where they described a case where a company is accused of owing overtime to 7000 employees because 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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Public Salaries: Is Transparency Right For Your Company?

This post is from my friends at SocialMonsters.org Disclosed company revenue and monthly progress reports; shared self-improvements; internal emails between two employees sent with the team cc’ed. Buffer, a social media sharing solutions company, functions with this level of radical transparency. Buffer finds power in the vulnerability, openness and accessibility of transparent ideas and workflows. Transparency …

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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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Future Friday: The Demise of Pay for Time

  I have written several times on the concept of Results only work environments (ROWE). You can see that here, here and here. I think it is a great concept but I have noted that most organizations will have a difficult time instituting because of the way we currently have to pay people. One futurist …

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What is the Purpose of Your Compensation Package?

In American business, as in many other places in the world, people are paid for work they perform. That is the basic purpose of a compensation package. It is a financial return for the effort expended. The concept is that the more valuable you are to your organization the more you will be paid. There …

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Great Posts In HR: Five for Friday December 9th

I am ending the week with some great posts in HR that I have read that I think you should as well. So here are Five for Friday December 9th. First up is Stephanie R. Thomas at the Compensation Cafe. She is a consistently good writer that tackles the difficult subject of compensation. In Pricing …

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Holiday Pay for the 4th of July

It is the day after the holiday. So I thought I would answer a question I often get asked regarding if employees have to be paid for a holiday. The answer is, as often occurs in HR, “it depends.” Here is what it depends on: In the private sector under the Fair Labor Standards Act if …

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Five Great Reads In HR and Management

Here are five great blog posts in Human Resources and Management to read to end your week. They are five that I feel we can all learn from. First up is on from Wally Bock. I read Wally’s posts because Tom Peters reads Wally’s posts. His post on Drive Out Fear gives a lesson that …

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