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DOL Issues Proposed Overtime Rule

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Mar 20, 2019 11:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule which would make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime pay.

Currently, employees with a salary less than $23,660 per year ($455.00 per week) must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours per week. This has been the standard since 2004. You may remember the Obama-era overtime regulation issued in 2016 that would have raised the salary threshold to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). The regulation was later invalidated by a federal judge in Texas just days before it was set to take effect.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

HR Legal Compliance: Laws That Matter to Business Owners

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jul 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In our decades of partnering with businesses of all sizes, we’ve learned that business owners really don’t know what they don’t know. What we mean is we find a great deal of clients who have no idea about complying with the state and federal laws that apply to their business – and that’s a major risk. Non-compliance not only hurts your employees and company, the fees associated with not meeting deadlines or following the correct procedures could just put you under. When it comes to HR legal compliance, here are the laws that matter to business owners:

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Topics: Small Business Management, Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 2

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to defending a workplace lawsuit, strong written policies with signed acknowledgements from your employees will go a long way. Another important element of being prepared is documenting employee problems and corrective actions. Even though it seems like common sense to fire an employee who repeatedly performs badly, you shouldn’t get too comfortable with “at will” employment. The doctrine (in most states) dictates an employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, with or without notice and with or without cause. If you follow this practice, you don’t even need a reason to let someone go, let alone documentation, but it won’t sit well with a judge and jury.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

Don’t Let Workplace Lawsuits Put You out of Business, Part 1

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you’ve been in business any amount of time, you likely already know there’s nothing employers can necessarily do avoid lawsuits. In fact, you can do everything right and still get sued, so the goal to preventing workplace lawsuits from putting you out of business, is your ability to defend one, should you need to. Any time employers are required to defend themselves against allegations of wrongful conduct it costs money. However, the strength of your company’s HR practices can be the difference between a few thousand-dollars and a million.

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Topics: Human Resources, Legal News & Compliance, HR policies

An Employer’s Guide to Calculating Overtime & Travel Time

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

When it comes to calculating overtime and travel time, 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 Batten, 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

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