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An Employer’s Guide to Calculating Overtime

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to calculating overtime, employers need to pay extra attention to overtime requirements because a mistake can cost a lot more than 1 ½ times an employee’s regular pay. Federal overtime requirements are based on each individual workweek, which can be any fixed and recurring 168-hours (seven consecutive 24-hour periods).

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

Which Paycheck Deductions are Permissible?

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

To deduct or not to deduct? It’s a common question for employers and a complex issue you want to get right. For both exempt and non-exempt employees, permissible paycheck deductions typically include those required by law (taxes) or by court order (garnishments) and those at the request and for the benefit of the employee (benefits premiums, 401(k) deposits). Aside from those situations, you generally may not deduct from an exempt employee’s pay – with a few exceptions:

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Hiring Employees, Hiring, Legal News & Compliance

What Employers Need to Know About Hiring Minors

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

School’s almost out for summer and that means it’s time to think about hiring minors to work during their break. Keep in mind, there are many laws on the state and federal level that place restrictions on employees under the age of 18. They include:

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, Hiring Employees

Employee Time Tracking: Keeping Tabs on Hours and Breaks

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Wage and hour issues are some of the most common obstacles for employers. Therefore, when tracking hours worked for non-exempt employees, employers must ensure the minimum wage and overtime provisions are met (regardless of how the employees’ pay is determined). Employers are permitted to track the hours worked for salary-exempt employees, however since their pay is not based on the number of hours they work, it is not required.

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Topics: Human Resources

How to Classify Employees: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt

Posted by Christine Pahl, PHR on May 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Employers should take their time filling out new-hire paperwork, especially when it comes to classifying employees. Your employees are typically going to fit into one of two categories, exempt or non-exempt. This employee classification determines all aspects related to the payment of wages for each individual that are necessary to remain in compliance with wage and hour laws.

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Topics: Human Resources

Workers Plan to Protest Trump's Policies in 'May Day' Demonstration

Posted by David Peasall, VP, Benefits and Human Resources on May 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Thousands of service workers across the country are planning to walk off the job today, May 1, 2017. The demonstrators are protesting President Donald Trump's policies, including his stance on immigration. May 1st, also known as "International Workers' Day," is a traditional day for labor activism.

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Topics: Legal News & Compliance