The FLSA’s Administrative Exemption

Employees must be classified as “exempt” or “non-exempt” as governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act or the FLSA. When classified as non-exempt which is most common, employees are eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay. There are many categories of exemptions. Today we are going to focus on one that is often misused, the […]

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401(K) Basics

A retirement plan shows that you are invested in the futures of your employees and gives employees the opportunity to plan ahead and care for their financial futures. The 401(k) is a type of retirement account, aptly named after its section description in the IRS tax code (26 U.S. Code § 401(k)). This code section […]

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Are Your Employees Full-Time Status?

There is no single required definition of full-time for all employment related issues. Depending on what the classification will affect, your company policies, your insurance policies, and the requirements under the Affordable Care Act may all play a part in determining what is considered full-time. As the employer you are free to define full-time and […]

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The Basics of State Social Media Laws

Social media privacy laws are trending across the country. At present 21 states have enacted legislation restricting employer access to the personal social media accounts of employees and applicants, and this trend is likely to continue. While the laws vary in their wording and their specific regulations they cover mostly the same ground. Here are […]

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Good Worker, Poor Attitude: Boosting Employee Morale

If we held the key for resolving the seemingly endless workplace morale problems, we would never have to work another day. While boosting employee mindset and motivation is a fairly complex topic involving many factors and moving pieces, generally the best approach to the issue is to look at the factors that substantive data has […]

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November 2015 HR Newsletter

Time to clear out Halloween’s cobwebs and prepare for the upcoming holiday season. November is a month for thanksgiving, and showing your employees gratitude can go a long way. Employees invest their time into your organization, so it’s important to invest in your employees. This month we’ll look at the benefits of a 401(k) program […]

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5 Tips to Playing It Safe when Planning Company Events

The holiday season brings great opportunities to celebrate – Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and the company holiday party! While some companies have decided to forego company-sponsored festivities due to increasing liability and costs, your company can still host a great event if you consider the following pointers: Assess the Liability. Keep business-related activities during […]

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Employee Handbooks: the First Step to Avoiding Legal Headaches in the Workplace

A single discrimination lawsuit can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars in defense expenses and settlement or jury awards. In addition to the monetary cost, there are the significant impacts to business operations due to a workforce that is distracted by the litigation and the internal upheaval it brings with it, a loss […]

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Are Overtime Audits Overdue?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has undergone several  compliance enforcement developments that have encompassed wage and hour regulations. One area the DOL has targeted addresses overtime issues. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires overtime pay to be paid to most employees at the rate of one and one-half times their regular rate of […]

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The Basics of an Effective Job Description

Your chances of successfully attracting and keeping a new employee will be much greater if you gave careful thought to the duties of the job and communicated these expectations to a prospective employee. Written job descriptions are an important aid to this communication. The following illustrates the basic components of an effective job description: Job […]

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