Proposed 2015 DOL Overtime Rule Changes: Primary Duty Test

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As you know, on July 6, 2015, the U.S. Under the Act, to be exempt (from overtime), an employee must meet 3 requirements: The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary; The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. This means that only certain deductions are permitted from the employee’s pay for time not worked and no deductions are allowed based on the quality or quantity of work; and.

Handling Employee Relations

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A company's success will often depend on how much it's able to get out of its employees. After all, these employees will be responsible for a business's productivity levels, so it's only in a business's best interests to keep these employees happy and motivated. In fact, by paying special attention to employee relations, a business is able to overcome many of the problems that might cause major issues if left untreated. What is Employee Relations?

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Handling Employee Relations

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A company’s success will often depend on how much it’s able to get out of its employees. After all, these employees will be responsible for a business’s productivity levels, so it’s only in a business’s best interests to keep these employees happy and motivated. In fact, by paying special attention to employee relations, a business is able to overcome many of the problems that might cause major issues if left untreated.

Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – February 2015

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I must admit I’m looking forward to the Internet blowing up (figuratively, not literally) on March 14, 2015. The Chief Happiness Officer blog is reporting that March 31, 2015 is International Quit Your Crappy Job Day. With employee disengagement continuing to be an issue, don’t be surprised if employees just walk into the office and quit. Employee engagement is more than a business buzzword, it’s a business necessity.

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Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – March 2015

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Investing in our employees has never been more important for business growth. Related posts from HR Bartender: 6 Things I Learned Writing a Book Believe It or Not – Classroom Training Isn’t Dead Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – December 2014. The post Quick Shots for #HR and #Business Pros – March 2015 appeared first on hr bartender. Where has the year gone?!

Managers: Fair and Equal Are Not the Same Thing

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One of the biggest challenges I see managers deal with is employee relations, which has to do with the relationship between the employee and the company. Employee relations topics include conduct, performance, discipline, recognition, engagement, etc. When employee relations issues are handled poorly, managers can get labeled as “playing favorites.” We want to give employees meaningful recognition.

Your Blueprint for Employee Performance Meetings

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Employee performance meetings happen all the time in business. We’re not talking about meetings that address employee discipline or terminations. Employee performance meetings are about helping employees succeed. These discussions tell employees what they’re doing well and possibly what they need to improve upon. Here’s a blueprint you can use during a performance meeting with the employee. Let the employee know the purpose of the meeting.

Employee Appreciation Day

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Today is National Employee Appreciation Day. Celebrated on the first Friday in March, the day reminds us how important it is to support, thank and reward our employees. Now some might argue that every day should be employee appreciation day. Over 50% of employees said receiving a “thank you” from their direct supervisor gave them a high sense of satisfaction. Not only is how we thank employees important, but the rewards are equally important.

Proposed 2015 DOL Overtime Rule Change: What #HR Needs to Know

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On July 6, 2015, the U.S. Currently, what are the requirements for an employee to be exempt under one of the FLSA’s white collar exemptions (such as, administrative, professional and executive)? Jonathan] An employee must meet three (3) requirements: The employee must be paid a minimum weekly salary; The employee must be paid on a salary rather than on an hourly basis. The employee’s primary duty must be exempt in nature.

Corporate Culture: Your Company Is a Community

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employees). Cultures of control have low employee engagement. Cultures of indifference exist when people are so busy and overwhelmed they don’t invest time to build supportive relationships that are essential to employee engagement. Related posts from HR Bartender: Recruiting In an Outdated Culture – Ask #HR Bartender How to Hire Employees for a Cultural “Fit” Evaluating Best Practices.

The T-Shirt Employee Engagement Survey

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It also reminds me of those days when we were designing these t-shirts for employees. We designed the t-shirt specifically with the employee in mind. Because we wanted the employee to actually wear the t-shirt. Now, there’s more to employees wearing logo apparel than a cool design. Employees need to actually be proud of the organization. Employees will wear your logo to the grocery store when they are proud of the company.

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Never Mess With an Employee’s Paycheck – Friday Distraction

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Employees expect to see exactly what they have earned. I’ve never heard an employee say, “Well, if I get 90% of what I earned, then I’m happy.” Employees will tolerate the boring parts of their job. Just don’t mess with an employee’s paycheck. So the employee who does mistakenly get paid 90% of what they’re owed says, “Yes, there was a mistake, but I know the company will fix it asap.”. Your Should Never Mess With an Employee’s Paycheck Click To Tweet.

Make Corporate Learning Resemble the Online Shopping Experience

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Here are 5 takeaways from the panel discussion that really got me thinking: Give employees a single source for learning. One company discovered their employees were searching Google to find the answers to their questions. So they decided to give employees a variety of training options (e. Let employees see training evaluations. Employees should be able to see the top rated workshops so they can make the decision about which programs to attend.

The Impact of UK’s Shared Parental Leave Law – Ask #HR Bartender

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Simply put – what is it, how does it work, and most importantly how does it impact companies and employees. The new right applies to working couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015, provided each parent qualifies for leave and pay in their own right. per week from April 2015, or 90% of the employee’s earnings if this is less. What do employees need to know about the shared parental leave law? Related posts from HR Bartender: Is Anyone Recession Proof?

Make Your Next Employee Event “Instagrammable”

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Now that the holidays are well behind us and we’ve recovered from party season, I want to talk about human resources and employee parties. The goal of an employee event isn’t to just plan the party. The purpose of the party is to reward and recognize employees. HR has the opportunity to get other managers and employees involved. They can solicit feedback about how employees would like to be recognized. It’s okay to do a little marketing during employee events.

If You’re Being Investigated by Human Resources – Ask #HR Bartender

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That being said, it can be a serious shock when an employee finds out human resources is investigating something that involves them – whether they are the focus of the investigation or just that their name has come up in conversation. What should employees remember when they’re asked to meet with HR regarding an investigation (regardless of their involvement)? Every employee has a duty to reasonably cooperate with an employer’s investigation.

Your Company Needs an Engagement Strategy

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Employee engagement is a clear example. It’s not because they don’t want engaged employees. Well, employee engagement brings results to the bottom-line in several ways: Engaged employees are less likely to leave the organization. We already know that engaged employees are happier and more satisfied with their work. According to an article in Forbes, highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their company.

Are Your Employee Relations Going Down the Toliet?

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This employee noticed that the company would throw away the unused toilet paper in the men’s bathroom whether completely used or not. In the end, they fired this employee and flushed the 15 plus years of service down the toilet. Sometimes it isn’t the blatant infractions of rules or policies that stump us as employee relations professionals; but rather the oddball, infrequent HR issues that crop up. Less is more in an initial employee relations meeting.

Employee Relations, Tough Conversations, and #SHRM15

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It would not be surprising that many of these managers have held on to memories of painful discussions they have had with some of their current employees. However, if the discussion with our friends is any indication, it is likely those employees are not hung up on those past interactions. The theme of the 2015 SHRM Annual Conference was "tHRive." SHRM15 crucial conversations employee relations

8 Reasons Employee Well-Being Must Be Self-Managing

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One of the things that I took away from this year’s WorkHuman conference hosted by Globoforce is that well-being must be employee centric. They do need to create the environment for well-being to thrive, then let employees embrace it. That being said, there are a few specific things organizations should consider when it comes to supporting employee well-being. Employees work hard to wrap up loose ends so they can not pay attention to their email inbox for one week.

Pre-Boarding: Bring High Tech and High Touch to Onboarding

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Regardless of when our company’s onboarding begins and concludes, one thing is consistent – there are three primary stakeholders in the process: The new hire employee is excited about their new role with the company. The hiring manager has invested a lot of time finding the new employee. Maybe this is a new position and the employee will be helping the department achieve their stretch goals. The hiring manager wants to get their new employee trained and working ASAP.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking About Your Salary

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Many companies today are expanding employee benefits and perks. Employees need to think about how much they use the benefits that the company offers. Sometimes, even when a manager wants to increase an employee’s salary, there are factors beyond their control. I’ve seen many employees make this mistake. The employee stops doing the little things. Managers don’t like losing excellent employees.

Use An “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) To Create Employee Engagement

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It’s a great way to allow employees to interact with senior management. Even if some employees miss the session, you can always promote the archive for later reading. The post Use An “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) To Create Employee Engagement appeared first on hr bartender. Employee Engagement Leadership and Management Technology and Social Media communication employee relations engagement

The Only 3 Reasons to Hold a Business Meeting

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Aren’t they really telling employees, “Have all the meetings you want, just make them all 10 minutes long.”. Employee coaching meetings are another form of meeting. It can be to tell an employee they’re doing well or to share concerns. Employees who have this skill will be able to gather groups and engage their talents. Business meetings are the bane of our professional lives. According to The Muse, managers spent between 35 – 50% of their time in meetings.

Office Space Should Be Reflective of Your Work

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We want office spaces that make employees feel comfortable so they can do their best work. Hot-desking (which is the new term for hoteling) is when you have fewer desks than employees. For example, 100 desks for 250 employees. Where do the other employees work? Employees can schedule time to be in the office and to sit near people they need to collaborate with. Giving employees the freedom of hot-desking puts them in charge of their work, which is a good thing.

Respect Email Expectations

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Now as you can surmise from the title, the author suggests not sending emails late in the evening hours because it totally stresses out employees. Companies with an “ always being on ” culture are burning employees out. The second read that caught my eye was fellow Workforce Institute board member David Creelman’s latest post, “ Employee Centered Schedule Optimization ”. How much can that contribute to stressed out employees?

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program

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Companies want to make sure their organizational knowledge and history is passed along to new employees, who will lead the organization forward. Most mentoring programs have three goals: 1) to assist in career development, 2) to increase staff retention and 3) to improve employee engagement. Related posts from HR Bartender: The Only 3 Reasons to Hold a Business Meeting Poll: Would You Be Open to Reverse Mentoring?

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Missing Evaluations: How to Handle – Ask #HR Bartender

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Just looking for advice on how to handle the following situation: We’ve had a lot of management turnover in the last year and there are several employees who did not receive their 2014 annual review. Their former supervisors are no longer with the company and the new supervisors are needing to complete 2015 annual evaluations. Whether you love or hate performance reviews, employees expect them. Providing employees with feedback is important. Talk with the employees.

The Interview Series on #HR Bartender

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3 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Job – Ask #HR Bartender

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In the past, I’ve had employees tell me stories about how unhappy they are, how their boss is a jerk , and how the company is terrible. Now, looking for a new opportunity doesn’t mean the employee or the company are at fault. The employee’s goals and the company’s goals aren’t in alignment anymore. This creates unhappy employees and impacts the entire workplace. Career Development Employee Relations Leadership and Management Recruiting and Retention

Corporate Culture: Small Changes Create Big Results – #RethinkTheDailyGrind

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spoke about the company’s programs that encourage employee innovation. If you want employees to be engaged with their work, they must trust their manager and the organization. Employees need to trust the people they are expected to collaborate with. Freedom : Employees need the freedom to do things, to try things and to (safely) make mistakes. Employees need to have the ability to talk about their work without apprehension. It thrives on employee collaboration.

How You Deal With an Annoying Coworker – Ask #HR Bartender

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It would not go well to tell one employee, “Stop making clacky noises with your fake nails.” Talking to one employee and not addressing all of the annoyances will come across as targeting one person. I understand in this case the employees have gone to the manager about their concerns. Tacit approval – the employee could ask the manager this very question. Would it be more effective for an employee to discuss it with their co-worker directly?

Isn’t It Time We Get Employee Relations Issues Out of the Closet?

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Yes, I realize that HR is tasked with investigating employee relations issues; it’s often a substantial percentage of HR’s work. And the article offered good advice from a labor attorney about handling the delicate issues of confidentiality and responsibility in employment-related investigations. Get employee relations issues out of the closet. In my experience, employee relations issues are held close to the vest by the HR/ER team.

Company Refuses to Reimburse Expenses – Ask #HR Bartender

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I’ve always said never mess with an employee paycheck. Kate, are reimbursable business expenses considered part of an employee’s wages? Kate] Money is a highly sensitive subject for employers and employees alike. Expense reimbursement involves employee money, so clear communication on the procedures and what qualifies for reimbursement can provide some necessary transparency when issues like this come up. This option can be costly for the employee initially (i.e.,

Corporate Culture and Company Profits Are Not Mutually Exclusive

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Places like The Cheesecake Factory are changing that with their investment into culture and employee engagement. Related posts from HR Bartender: You Can’t Have Self-Managed Teams Without Self-Managed People The Inevitable Shift From Jobs to Skills 3 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Job – Ask #HR Bartender. Business and Strategy Career Development Employee Relations Leadership and Management Recruiting and Retention Training and Development

Make Sure Your Employees Know the Plan – Friday Distraction

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And your employees need to be prepared as well. Make sure employees have a way to communicate with the company. But today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos made me realize that, when we talk about making sure your employees know the plan, we’re not just talking about disaster planning. Organizations need to share with employees their technology plan. Employees will use technology more effectively when they understand how the technology impacts the business.

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Quick Shots for #HR and Business Pros – #Wellness Edition

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A recent survey from GuideSpark found a big disconnect between wellness programs and employee participation. I think this is going to be a real challenge for both employers and employees – staying motivated and engaged with wellness. As a result, companies are really looking for creative ways to help employees develop healthy habits. Another company focused on helping employees develop good habits – this time in the exercise area – is EveryMove@Work.

Handling Your HR Mistakes – Ask #HR Bartender

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Each employee is being given a severance package of 1 week for every year worked. Eric, because an employee’s hire date can trigger many benefits, how can employees make sure that their hire date is correct? But, if other employees aren’t as obsessive as I am, they should check with HR or ask to see their personnel file. If an employee discovers their hire date is incorrect, and they believe they’ve been receiving reduced benefits, do they have recourse?

Define Your Balance – Friday Distraction

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Employer Sends Invoice to Former Employee – Ask #HR Bartender

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But after thinking about it, overpaying employees is a serious issue. First off, the employee has been gone from the company for five years. Generally, private employers do not have five years, but it would depend on the state where the employer does business and where the employee resides. I know that companies do accidentally overpay employees. Documenting the mistake and working with the former employee to create a reasonable repayment plan would be wise.