Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?
Apr06

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth?

Everyone Is Entitled to Paid Rest and Meal Breaks, Fact or Myth? I was recently reflecting on a speakerphone call I once received from a group of front of house employees asking, “Hypothetically, aren’t we entitled to a break and a lunch with pay?” Knowing that such a question is rarely “hypothetical, do” I provided the standard Department of Labor (DOL) response applicable for that particular state and...

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Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!
Apr04

Creating a Family Friendly Culture is not a Choice. It’s the Law!

I once boarded a corporate shuttle and happened to sit next to a manager who mentioned he was on his way to terminate an employee. When I asked why, he said he needed someone more reliable and dependable, someone who didn’t “have so many Dr. appointments and family issues”. Something about this offended my Benefit Manager sensibilities. So I kicked into action. “Tell me more,” I asked. As he told the story, I simultaneously texted a...

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HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017
Feb08

HR: Some Great Resolutions for 2017

Hey, how are your new year’s resolutions going…? If, like many out there, your new leaf didn’t quite last into February, don’t fret! If you’re in the States, now is a good a time as any to tackle of a couple of compliance issues that will keep your year on the right track. With everything else that comes with the New Year and end-of-year paperwork (like those W2s and Form 1094s and 1095s), now is a good...

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The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”
Aug08

The Confusion Over What is a “Probationary Period”

So many candidates encounter the line: “You will be under probation for the first 90 days of your employment.”  But, does the new employee or the employer REALLY know what that means? Let’s start with a little history… The “probationary period” was started as a way for employers to deal with Unions and their rules governing new employees.  This short, introductory period was established to allow the employer to terminate a union...

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Compensation – why are wage and hour suits on the rise?

The federal government’s added emphasis on enforcing wage-and-hour laws mixed with workers’ contempt for being asked to work longer hours without increased pay during the recession has turned into a dangerous cocktail for employers. Some scary stats for you to digest: The number of wage-and-hour lawsuits that reached federal court increased 15% between 2011 and 2010. Last year, 7,008 wage-and-hour suits, many of them class actions,...

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Bring Back The Pink Slips!

Back in the days of the Personnel Department, the “pink slip” was a notice included with the employee’s paycheck notifying them that their employment had ended, either by termination or layoff.  No one knows when this practice came into being, or how it was even labeled with the color pink.  Even Peter Liebhold, a curator at the National Museum of American History, spent ten years searching for literal evidence of the pink slip as a...

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Is Your Organization Ready for The Bring Your Own Device Approach?

More employees than ever before are using personal devices for work purposes so they can get more done in less time. And given that the BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) approach helps organizations cut costs and increase productivity, it’s not surprising that employers are on board, too. In fact, a Gartner survey predicts that by 2017 half of employers will formally require their employees to supply their own device for work purposes;...

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Long-Term Disability: Should A Company Pay For Health And Dental Benefits?

Minimize claims experience by employees on long-term DI Health and dental benefits are a critical piece of many employee compensation packages. But if an employee needs to go on long-term disability (DI), should a company have to continue to pay for his or her group health and dental benefits? If these benefits are continued during the long-term disability leave, any amount claimed by the employee figures into the insurance renewal...

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