DOL Proposes Amendment to Clarify Overtime Pay Calculations

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires overtime pay of at least 1 ½ times the regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week for non-exempt employees.  The Department of Labor (DOL) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the rules regarding how overtime is calculated, specifically related to what forms of “regular pay” employers include and exclude in the 1 ½ times calculation.

Toxic Behaviors in the Workplace

Caution:  Hazardous/Toxic Behaviors Ahead Individual personalities are a large part of the dynamic within a workplace.  Unfortunately, personalities may be hard to read while the interview process and sometimes, an individual’s true personality shines through after beginning work as an employee.  Research has shown that most hiring failures come from poor culture fit rather than … Continued

Request Schedule Change After Disability Leave

An employee is out on disability leave. The employee calls to request to come back to work, but only working nights and weekends. Does the employer have to accommodate this request?

Do you have a PEOPLE plan for your business?

Improve Your Business with a People Plan You probably have a business plan for 2019.  Are your most important assets, your employees, tied in?  Actively engaged employees account for  only 34% of the workforce (Gallup). Engaged employees love their jobs.  They care about their company,  contribute, believe in the mission, feel their job uses their strengths … Continued

Improve Retention with an Engagement Survey

Do You Have Engaged Employees? Do you find yourself asking yourself the following questions: How can I better retain my employees? What can I do to make my employees more engaged? Are my employees happy working here? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to conduct an engagement survey.  An … Continued

Employee Onboarding

Employee Onboarding: Making New Staff Feel Welcome Each year, 25% of the population makes some kind of career change. The onboarding process that new employees experience is crucial to their future success, and will ultimately save you dollars from your bottom line when you see a reduction in turnover. Below are some things to consider … Continued

Quiz Corner: Which interview question is a “no-no”?

Which interview question has the potential to be discriminatory under federal law? A.  Why did you leave your last job? B.  This job requires you to lift 10-pounds. Are you able to lift at least 10-pounds with or without reasonable accommodations? C.  Are you a U.S. Citizen? D.  Who is the best manager you ever … Continued

Total Compensation Statements

Certainly most employees realize that their employment comes at an additional cost to their employer beyond their direct pay (base pay and/or incentive pay). However, they may not realize that employers are providing them with thousands of dollars in additional benefits, both mandated and voluntary.

Quiz Corner: Overtime Pay

Can You Refuse to Pay Unauthorized Overtime? Q: Can an employer refuse overtime pay for an employee if the company policy clearly states that overtime must have prior management approval? A:  Employees who clock in and out in order to be paid are usually nonexempt and only paid for the hours they work.  Even if the … Continued