October Question and Answer

In today’s world, knowing a second or third language is not only useful but sometimes necessary for certain jobs. In today’s post we cover how employers can word their job descriptions to emphasize language requirements. Question: When we post job ads, can we state, “Bilingual in English/Spanish is a must”? Our ads currently read, “Bilingual […]

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A Brief Introduction to Wage and Hour Classifications

Did you know that just because you are paying an employee on a salary basis, it does not immediately make that employee ineligible for overtime? The crucial distinction is whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt from wage regulations that cover overtime. The employer’s method of payment such as hourly, salary, or commission, is only […]

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Navigating the FMLA and ADA: Employer Obligations and Opportunities

When an employee has a medical condition and needs some leave time or other job adjustments, they are often protected by two separate and distinct federal labor laws: the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The purpose of this article is to explain how these two pieces of […]

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Overtime Expenses Out of Control?

Are your overtime expenses getting out of control? Here are some pointers to help you control those costs: 1.     Know when your workweek begins and ends, e.g., 12:00am Monday and Midnight on Sunday. This will allow you to strategize, if necessary, to ensure employees aren’t working over 40 hours in that particular 168-hour period. 2.     […]

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October 2015 HR Newsletter

With all the new laws recently passed or on the horizon, you don’t want to forget about the old ones. This month our HR Pros review the FMLA and ADA and how the two acts work together. They also look at the difference between a job and a career and why that distinction should matter […]

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Flu Shots, Can You Require Them?

It is the beginning of the flu shot season. Every year when the cool weather starts to roll in, the “Get Your Flu Shots Here!” signs start to appear in store windows. The question we ask today relates to requiring workers to get flu shots.   Question: Our staff comes in close contact with elderly […]

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The Pros and Cons of Paid Time Off

These days, many of us are just an email, text, or click away from work. So it’s more important than ever to make sure you and your employees are getting time away to recharge. Increasingly, that’s coming in the form of PTO or Paid Time Off, an integrated system that combines traditional vacation, sick leave, […]

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Enforcing Rest and Meal Periods in Hectic Work Environments

Restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons, call centers, and customer focused offices often have “just enough” staffing on hand at any given time. Limited staffing makes it challenging to relieve an employee for a rest period or meal break.  An employee who leaves the work area, even for a small amount of time often causes stress […]

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Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policies

In a business environment where many employees are routinely bringing along work assignments on vacations and routinely make themselves accessible during weekends and other off-hours, jobs become ever-present and the line between on and off work time becomes blurred. By incorporating flexible work schedules and telecommuting into an organization’s structure, an employer may find that […]

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APA Asks Congress to Protect Taxpayers, Increase IRS Funding

Original article written by Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq., American Payroll Association   The American Payroll Association (APA) sent a letter to Congress in August urging adequate funding for the IRS. The IRS plays an important role in the daily workload of payroll professionals. Therefore, ensuring the agency is properly funded to respond to questions, information […]

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