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HR's balancing act: tips for mixing agile and traditional workers
(January 13, 2016)
Feeling agile? Crystal ball gazers are predicting more employers soon will answer that question with a robust “yes.” According to a new study from staffing firm Randstad US, both employers and employees see the world of work turning to “agile” work—scenarios in which traditional full-time permanent workers increasingly share duties with contractors, consultants, temporary, and freelance workers. Read on

The line between friendly and friends
(January 11, 2016)
Many managers genuinely care about the people who support them and want to be seen as friendly and approachable. A boss who is friendly can be good for workplace morale. However, if it goes too far, it can complicate workplace dynamics and lead to legal concerns. Read on

Getting past 'mansplaining' and
getting to respectful communication

(January 6, 2016)
No one argues the importance of communication in the workplace, especially communication that results in colleagues learning from each other. Sometimes, though, the communication is more condescending than educational. If one party is trying to impart wisdom but the other party is perhaps more knowledgeable on the topic, resentment—not learning—is likely to result.  Read on

Another New Jersey city requires paid sick leave
(January 5, 2016)
Morristown has joined the list of New Jersey cities that require employers to provide paid sick time to employees. Employers in Morristown have until January 11 to come into compliance with the city’s paid sick time ordinance, which was passed in September. Read on

Overtime rule updates: District court
won't wait for appeals court's ruling

(January 4, 2016)
On January 3, a federal district court judge said he won’t halt proceedings in the case challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules despite concurrent litigation in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read on

Elections have consequences:
Changes in the employment arena are on the horizon

(January 4, 2016)
With the election of Donald Trump, there is no question that there will be upheaval in many areas of the law. Even in the discrete area of labor and employment law, the prognostications could fill many blog posts. In this article, we focus on the employment-related Executive Orders (EOs) issued by President Barack Obama that are fair game for revocation or alteration by the incoming administration and on upcoming changes in key personnel in agencies that enforce federal labor and employment laws. Read on

It's time to cozy up to the new I-9
(January 4, 2016)
It’s time for employers to get acquainted with the new Form I-9. The form is easier to use than the old version, but with just a few weeks left before employers must make the switch, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the form now.  Read on

How to make 2017 better than years past
(December 30, 2016)
As we put another year is in the books and look toward the promise of a new year, we may make (and hopefully keep) personal resolutions. But as HR professionals, we ought to make resolutions—or at least consider changes—to improve the processes we use daily, weekly, or even annually. Take this opportunity to consider what improvements you can make in your organization.  Read on

New Arizona minimum wage goes into effect January 1
(December 30, 2016)
The minimum wage in Arizona will jump from $8.05 to $10 on January 1 as a result of the passage of Proposition 206 in November. Read on

New York adopts higher salary thresholds for exempt employees
(December 29, 2016)
Employers in New York must increase the salaries of exempt executive and administrative employees by December 31 to meet the requirements of recently adopted regulations. Employers also must decide whether to increase exempt employees’ salaries each year to match annual increases required by the new regulations. Read on

Puzder hearing set for January, Dems defend overtime rules
(December 28, 2016)
The Senate has scheduled a January confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of labor. Read on

Paycheck transparency: Are you ready for January 1 implementation?
(December 28, 2016)
Although a Texas federal district court judge barred the implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (FPSW) final rule, the paycheck transparency requirements of FPSW are still scheduled to become effective for federal contractors with new contracts worth more than $500,000 issued after January 1, 2017.  Read on

Which employer mandates are on Trump's chopping block?
(December 23, 2016)
Employers can expect some relief from federal requirements under the Trump administration, especially those put in place under President Obama. Read on

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