Workplace Raids and the Immigration Fight

As most Human Resources professionals have already heard, the fight against illegal immigration has been taken to the workplace. The raids on multiple 7-11 stores last week is just the first sign of future potential round ups that could occur anywhere in the country. 98 locations were targeted from California to New York, and 21 people were arrested in conjunction with the …

New Year, New Minimum Wages for some…

The Federal Minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act did not increase for 2018 (yet…) but for some cities, states, and counties, it did. The FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees, therefore those state and local laws trump the Federal FLSA minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Below are the changes that …

End of Year HR Checklist

We are down to the wire here folks…just 4 working days left for most HR professionals to complete any end of year assignments, requirements, and documentations. Here are a few things to think about before we close out 2017. Do you need to get any certifications or licenses from staff before the end of the year? Any classes or continuing …

HR Trends for 2018

It’s crazy to think that 2018 is almost here. In the HR world, things are always changing – laws, rules, regulations, staff (am I right?), policies, procedures, benefits, handbooks, payroll, outsourcing, drug testing, trainings…so basically everything in the HR world is in flux at one time or another. There is a possibility everything I listed could change next year; so what …

The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Harassment Training

When was the last time your company provided sexual harassment training to ALL employees? Just the mention of the training might create groans and rolling of eyes from your employees, am I right? It’s awkward. Uncomfortable. Laughable in some cases. But necessary? Absolutely. Especially with the onslaught of harassment claims coming out of the woodwork (Miramax anyone?), it’s now more important …

Before You Hit Send…

Have you ever fired off an email or text and immediately wished you could recall it back? Or sent an email to the wrong person? Ever heard of “Reply All” and regretted replying to all? These issues are very important to address within companies and finding some solutions can be hard. Let’s look at the issues and potential fixes: Emails …

FMLA or ADA? Or Both? Neither?

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) covers leave for employees with medical conditions or medical conditions of an immediate family member. This federal leave provides the employee with a guarantee of their job when they return. In addition, if they have benefits (health, dental, or PTO), all benefits must be maintained while the leave takes place. ADA provides a change to …

Health Insurance in 2018

Health insurance has taken center stage in recent years as savvy employers recognize this benefit as a necessary component to attracting and retaining top talent. However most companies continue to see 15-25% increases year over year, a trend that will be impossible to sustain if it continues. In conjunction with health benefits, compliance reporting is still mandatory. A recent IRS …

Employee Benefits – What reigns supreme?

An employee compensation plan in todays workforce includes both wages and benefits offered to employees. Typically, all companies include those benefits into an overall evaluation of a job that is being extended to a candidate, such as an offer letter. It’s not always a high wage that lures employees to one employer over another – it’s usually the added benefits that come …

What is the FLSA? Are you covered?

The FLSA – or Fair Labor Standards Act to most non-HR professionals – is an act administered by the Wage and Hour Division. What the FLSA does, is they establish standards for minimum wage, overtime, and child labor. This act covers most employees in the workforce! When it comes to minimum wage and overtime laws, most hourly non-exempt employees fall under …

Is That Your Final Answer? DOL Says Yes…

May 18, 2016 Two posts ago, I discussed the new Department of Labor overtime exemption changes. Well, folks, we have a decision. Released this morning, the DOL provided their final rule revising the Fair Labor Standards Act. A few things that are mentioned under the final rule: The Annual Salary threshold for exempt positions will be raised from $23,660 to …

The Value of Benefits

May 10, 2016 As an employer, have you ever added up the benefit package that you offer to employees? And on the flip side, as an employee – have you ever added up your benefit package? Go ahead and price it out…I’ll be waiting. When you compute all the benefits that are offered, benefits can easily add up to 30% or …