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Do I have to pay my summer help? Avoiding FLSA liability for internships
(April 26, 2017)
With summer almost upon us, many companies will be hiring college and high-school students to work as interns. Often, employers pay interns only a small stipend or don’t pay them at all. It may make good business sense not to pay interns because they usually aren’t bringing the same experience, skill, and expertise to the job that regular employees provide.  Read on

New York City freelancer law to take effect May 15
(April 26, 2017)
New York City’s new “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” which goes into effect May 15, requires written contracts for many freelance jobs worth $800 or more and provides for stiff monetary remedies if the hiring party tries to avoid paying the freelancer for work performed.  Read on

New methods + new thinking =
new day for performance management

(April 21, 2017)
Nearly everyone has opinions—and complaints—about performance management. The annual performance review in which employee and supervisor fill out a form and sit down for a talk is rapidly going out of style. Although that system addresses an employee’s strengths and weaknesses and may even include a discussion of goals for the future, it’s increasingly seen as an unhelpful, time-wasting exercise that benefits no one.   Read on

Emphasize exempt duties in your job descriptions
for exempt positions

(April 19, 2017)
Job descriptions are important for several reasons, including providing evidence of the exempt nature of positions classified as exempt under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This article discusses ways of emphasizing the “exemptness” of positions classified as exempt under the FLSA’s executive and the administrative exemptions.  Read on

DOL to address overtime rules by June 30
(April 19, 2017)
A federal court of appeals has granted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) its third extension in defending a lawsuit challenging new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. Read on

Guaging HR's strategic role:
Survey shows progress, but more can be done

(April 14, 2017)
That elusive “seat at the table” the human resources profession has been craving for years is now a reality in some circles but still a challenge in others, according to HR professionals responding to a recent survey. So what can HR do to make more progress as a strategic partner working side by side with top-level management?  Read on

Take steps to ensure smooth transitions when terminating employees
(April 12, 2017)
One of the most difficult aspects of running a business can be managing the personnel, especially when it comes to terminating employees. Some people say that the three most important things in life are your health, your family, and your job. When the time comes for a business to take away the last one, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of handling the situation in a way that protects the company from any adverse reaction by the terminated employee. Read on

Senate confirms 'proemployer' Gorsuch to Supreme Court
(April 7, 2017)
The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Because Gorsuch is known for adhering to the letter of the law, his confirmation likely is good news for employers, experts say.  Read on

New study finds retention the top goal
of employee benefits progrmas

(April 7, 2017)
In a three-sentence order entered just before the close of business March 14, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected a constitutional challenge to the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, commonly known as Proposition 206. The unanimous ruling dashed the last remaining hope of business groups trying to block the voter initiative. Read on

In 'landmark' ruling, appeals court says
sexual orientation discrimination is illegal

(April 6, 2017)
Federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court ruled for the first time on April 4. Read on

Looking at strategic alternatives
to H-1Bs during H-1B cap season

(April 5, 2017)
Each year, employers looking to hire H-1B workers for hard-to-fill positions have to focus on preparing H-1B petitions for the April 1 H-1B lottery deadline. All you can do is hope for success in the lottery, which in recent years has led to H-1B approval in fewer than half the cases filed. Read on

In search of answers to HR's age-old question:
Why do people quit?

(March 31, 2017)
Human resource professionals know turnover creates problems. It’s expensive and time-consuming to recruit, hire, and train new employees. And it’s often damaging to the organization when institutional knowledge walks out the door.  Read on

Labor secretary nominee Acosta advances to full Senate
(March 30, 2017)
President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Alexander Acosta now advances to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote. Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, generally has been praised by the employer community.  Read on

EEOC issues fair warning to employers in its 2017-21 SEP
(March 29, 2017)
In October 2016, while most of us were focused on the presidential campaigns, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) for 2017-21. The new SEP reemphasizes the original six substantive areas and refines several of them.  Read on

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