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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If you require the overtime, pay the overtime

I am amazed sometimes at the things employers will do to avoid paying overtime. If this is done unintentionally, it is a sign of ignorance and lack of proper understanding of the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. If this is done intentionally this falls into the category of wage theft. Below is a …

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Fire that employee for complaining about wages at your own peril revisited

I read an article about a cocktail waitress who was fired for “not getting along with management” because she complained in an employee meeting about uniforms, the cold temperature, a lack of benefits, and reduced pay for special events. Management must have thought she was a pain, so they fired her two days later. That …

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Opinion letters flowing from the Wage and Hour Division to help employers

In a blog post from last July, I mentioned that Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta had announced that the Wage and Hour Division would start administering opinion letter again. They have lived up to their word. Initially, they reviewed and reissued opinion letters from 2009, such as one on permissible salary deductions from exempt …

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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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Three HR Lessons on a Wednesday morning

When you write five times a week like I do, you become grateful that other write great material that I can point out to you. Today is one of those days where I want to make you aware of some informative and thought=provoking lessons. First up is Todd Lebowitz who warns us that even though …

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Three Hump Day Reads for HR

As many of you know, I occasionally point out the blogs of others that I think do a great job of informing you or are just plain interesting. So here we go. What the heck is a highly compensated employee under the FLSA? I don’t know about you, but that has always been a puzzler …

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Another Pink Observation: Lunch is the most important meal of the day for workers

Last week I talked about Daniel Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and described the case for When is the best time to make important decisions? In this week’s installment is about lunch and the evidence that it is the most important meal of the day if you expect productive workers. Breakfast …

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"Comp Time": A Big "No-No" in the Private Sector- From the Archive

I often get comments on my posts that are questions or pleas for help. I received on yesterday on the subject of comp time. As a result, I decided to republish this post from the past to explain how a private sector employer must handle employees who work overtime. One area of the Fair Labor …

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A new test for determining if your intern should be a paid intern

The US Department of Labor is in the process of becoming a “friendlier” place. One such change has come in the form of a new test to determine if an intern can be an unpaid intern or if they should be paid. No longer six factors In 2011 I wrote a post called Unpaid Internships …

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