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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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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NLRB declares taking care of employees violates the NLRA

Yes, you read that right. The National Labor Relations Board has declared that trying to do right by your employees is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, specifically Section 8(a), subsections 1 & 5. Well, maybe I have taken a bit of license in making that statement given that the NLRB did not …

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Supreme Court asked to decide another Wage and Hour issue

  About a year ago I wrote a post called Supreme Court to decide on the Definition of “Clothes”. I thought at that time it was ridiculous to have the highest court in the land decide such trivial things. I envision them deciding groundbreaking and monumental things. But now they are being asked again to …

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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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In 2013 Supervisory Training will be Critical

  If you saw my post on my HR Predictions for 2013 you have some idea why supervisory training will be critical in 2013. The government is going to be very active in watching for potential discrimination, overtime violations and safety violations and where the “rubber meets the road” is in the actions of supervisors. …

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