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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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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The Top 9 Posts at Omega HR Solutions

Today’s post is a list of the top nine posts for Omega HR Solutions.  I thought since others have found them interesting you might as well and may have missed them in the past. Number 9 One big reason to have coffee in the workplace– The lesson here is never underestimate the power of coffee …

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What Mr. Obama’s call for new overtime rules means to you.

  One headline declared “With A Swoop of His Pen Obama Makes Millions Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay.” This refers to the speech that President Obama made regarding changing the overtime regulations. The President said he was going to direct the Department of Labor to revise the Fair Labor Standards Act, first passed in 1938 …

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A Culture of Work or a Culture of Clock?

  I received a question about what to do with an employee who is exempt, yet only puts in 40 hours per week over 4 days. One week he had to work and extra day and now he wants to work only 3 days the next week. That question got me to thinking about companies …

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Not Paying Overtime May Result in Loss of Your Business License

  Perhaps it started with Hilda Solis, the Secretary of Labor, announcing that employers were stealing a $1,000,000 a week from their employees and she was the new sheriff in town and she was going to correct that. But since then a number of states and municipalities have been passing “Wage Theft” laws. Additionally, the …

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The Seven Reasons You Can Dock an Exempt Employee

  A consistent error I find when I take on a new client is that they improperly dock the pay of exempt employees. That is one Fair Labor Standards Act “no-no.” For the most part you CANNOT dock the pay of exempt employees, but there are seven (7) exceptions to that. Here they are the …

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5 Wage and Hour Mistakes Most Employers Make

  With the increasing emphasis the U.S. Department of Labor has been putting on errors in the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) it is important to understand how you may go wrong. Here are 5 of the most common wage and hour mistakes many employers make. Number 1: Not recording actual time …

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Why Paying Attention to Wage and Hour Compliance is IMPORTANT

  I have stated many, many times on this blog that paying attention to compliance issues, particularly those regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act is important. Here are some of those posts: Pay Attention Managers: You have to track time ACTUALLY WORKED! A VERY EXPENSIVE Lesson in NOT Following the Rules It Will Cost Me …

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