Four Blog Posts You Need To Read Immediately if You Are In HR

Here are four great blog posts with some terrific information that all HR pros need to read. The posts will speak for themselves. Good reading by some great bloggers. Do you know? DOL to require “compliance plans” by Jon Hyman On the Upsides & Downsides of Proactive Pay Audits by Ann Bares The Real Reason for Exit …

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OSHA: "A New Sheriff In Town"

In a speech to the American Bar Association in March 2010, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occuaptional Safety and Health, David Michaels said “I know that by now you’ve all heard Secretary Solis describe DOL under this Administration as the “new sheriff in town.” This is not an abstract wish; it is a stern description …

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Five Steps to Diminish Wage & Hour Problems

First off let me get the disclaimer out of the way. I am NOT an attorney. I am NOT providing legal advice. I am making these statements from the perspective of an HR professional, consultant and HR instructor that has dealt with Wage & Hour issues for a long time. With that said here is my list …

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US Department of Labor: It's War! And Employers Are The Enemy

In a press release issued April 1 (yes April Fools Day, but this is no joke) Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced the release of the “We Can Help Program.” If you were a trusting soul you might think this was a program to help employers correct wage and hour mistakes so that workers would …

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Did You Know That OSHA Repairs The Holes in SOX?

There is an old saying that “You learn something new everyday.” (For those of you with memory problems that statement is “You learn something knew everyday”, LOL) Well today I did. I got One Minute Memo from the Seyfarth Shaw law firm entitled OSHA Steps Up Enforcement of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Claims. My first reaction to that …

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Getting Punished for Trying to do Good: The Lesson in the Quik Trip Fine

QuikTrip, a Tulsa, Oklahoma based convenience store chain, has agreed to pay out $750,000 in overtime payments that the U.S. DOL said were due employees because of a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. By just looking at the headline you might think this is the “standard” case of a company working employees off …

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Helping Your Laid Off Workers: Have You Ever Heard of Trade Adjustment Assistance?

An article in the Wall Street Journal Online,on Monday April 20th, entitled Crazy-Quilt Jobless Programs Help Some More Than Others pointed out a program called Trade Adjustment Assistance. According to the USDOL website “Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) help trade-affected workers who have lost their jobs as a result of …

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