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Overtime Ruling & Minimum Wage Updates

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Yesterday’s breaking news from the Society of Human Resources Management …  The Overtime Ruling is coming fast and furiously, may be announced as early as this week!   Please take time to read the article published by Allen Smith to  learn about the newest development that may...

It’s All About the Documentation

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She said it could never happen at her company. They were all just like family. But listen to this. Mary owned and operated a small bakery where she employed 15 people. Everyone knew each other and the work environment was relaxed and informal. When Mary started her business she...

What’s all the Fuss? It’s only Paper.

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Joan, a 42-year old retail clerk at a local department store had been there for nine years. During the time she was employed she consistently received favorable annual performance reviews noting that she was efficient, on time, and displayed good customer service skills. In...

Form I-9 Update

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Please be aware of an update on the Form I-9, which was due to expire on March 1, 2016   According to the USCIS.gov website: “Current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Remains Effective After March 31, 2016: Until further notice, employers should continue using Form...

Better To Understand the Full Story!

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Did you ever come across a situation where you thought it was one thing, jumped to a conclusion only to find out it was something entirely different? Well listen to this… During an after-hours conversation between several employees, one relatively new employee asked the question,...

Coaching & Counseling

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During our past blogs and webinars on Coaching & Counseling we received a ton of comments about your discomfort with discussing the topic of poor performance or bad behavior with employees. We heard everything from “I don’t know how to start the conversation” to “What if my...

Retaliation Under the FLSA is Alive and Well

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Think an EEOC complaint of discrimination is the only time you’re in danger of a retaliation complaint? Well think again. Recently a court ruled that even an informal overtime complaint can be basis of FLSA retaliation claim. Listen to this.  A worker for the Muskogee County...

Pay Practices That Make Wage & Hour Auditors Do the HAPPY Dance

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Do you ever wonder what’s “fair” about the Fair Labor Standards Act? If you have, you’re not alone. In 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) collected $246,780,891 in back wages for more than 21,000 pay practice violations. More than 78% of the amount collected by the DOL was from...

When Cupid’s Arrows Fly at Work

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We know that February is all about hearts and flowers and romance and the little guy with the arrows.   And that’s good. Right? Well maybe not. Just imagine this… Valentine’s Day rolls around and Mary gives John, her co-worker of several months, a suggestive card with an...

To Carry or Not to Carry?

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John is a business owner in Texas where he believes everything is bigger and better and a little wild is good but not in his place of operation. John’s company is a semi-skilled service operation and he’s pretty strict about employees following the rules. Recently, John was...