Proposed 2015 DOL Overtime Rule Changes: Primary Duty Test

HR Bartender

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.

The Difference Between Being a Generalist and a Strategic HRBP

Something Different

<> A little under a year ago I read a working group summary from CAHRS titled “The Changing Role of the HR Business Partner” At the time much of the summary resonated with me… while other components of it remained abstract. And being able to do short-term workforce planning (e.g. I will add though that strategic HR is also about thinking in years (in addition) to weeks and months. HR Strategy hr human resources


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A Day in the Life of a Human Resources Director (HRD)


This is another installment in our “Day in the Life” series, this time focusing on the HR directors out there. In case you missed one of the previous pieces, here is the full list: The average HR manager’s day What it’s like to be a recruiter The life of an HR analyst Read on below to learn about what those HRD’s do all day, including some funny comments, in-depth descriptions, and other helpful details.

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

HR Bartender

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.

Employer Sends Invoice to Former Employee – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

But after thinking about it, overpaying employees is a serious issue. Should I contact a lawyer or human resources? 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.

Being Part Of the Succession Plan Isn’t An Entitlement

HR Bartender

One of the most debated subjects in human resources these days is whether or not to tell employees they’re a part of the succession plan. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently ran a point/counterpoint on the subject. It’s no secret that I happen to be in the “yes, you should tell employees they’re a part of the succession plan” camp. Succession planning is just that…planning. And plans change regularly.

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

HR Bartender

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. However, the XpertHR survey suggests that the UK HR profession has mixed views on shared parental leave.

Your Blueprint for Employee Performance Meetings

HR Bartender

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.

Your Company Needs an Engagement Strategy

HR Bartender

Employee engagement is a clear example. It’s not because they don’t want engaged employees. Organizations have those strategies because they know it helps them deliver results to the bottom-line. 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.

Make Sure Your Employees Know the Plan – Friday Distraction

HR Bartender

That means we need to dedicate some time to reviewing our annual disaster recovery plan. And your employees need to be prepared as well. From the hurricane perspective, I can’t emphasize enough developing an inclement weather plan. Make sure employees have a way to communicate with the company. Organizations need to share with employees their technology plan. The plan will be successful when everyone knows it.

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Make Corporate Learning Resemble the Online Shopping Experience

HR Bartender

The customer experience is key. 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 understand what topics are essential for them to do their job effectively.

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

TLNT: The Business of HR

I saw an article on HR Bartender titled If you’re being investigated by HR. I’m bothered by the reputation that inevitably will follow HR if they are known as “investigators.”. Yes, I realize that HR is tasked with investigating employee relations issues; it’s often a substantial percentage of HR’s work. Is that, however, how HR wants to be known within their organization? Get employee relations issues out of the closet.

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

HR Bartender

As a human resources professional, I learned a long time ago that I will know what everyone gets paid. 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. DO plan to discuss pay with your manager. I’ve seen many employees make this mistake.

Company Refuses to Reimburse Expenses – Ask #HR Bartender

HR Bartender

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.,

HR Functions and Outsourcing

Astron Solutions

In an attempt to conserve funds and to enable human resources professionals to focus on more critical & strategic concerns, many organizations have considered outsourcing their time-consuming HR functions. In this Astronology® we briefly discuss some options for HR outsourcing. Some employers have found benefits in having a third party provide employee support for routine questions on areas such as benefits, payroll, and employee onboarding.

How To Build a Successful Mentoring Program

HR Bartender

The Boomer generation is planning to leave the workforce (or at least transition to part-time or semi-retirement). Companies want to make sure their organizational knowledge and history is passed along to new employees, who will lead the organization forward. Once you have senior management support, you’ll want to get your hands on some specific resources to help you design the program. And the ATD resources can help you develop a program that works for your organization.

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The Only 3 Reasons to Hold a Business Meeting

HR Bartender

Aren’t they really telling employees, “Have all the meetings you want, just make them all 10 minutes long.”. One of the most important decision making meetings in business is strategic planning. 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.

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

HR Bartender

The gala season is upon us and, for human resources, that means trying to juggle the fun and festivities with legalities and potential risk. Oh, and if you’ve already had your seasonal soiree, keep these thoughts in mind for the spring picnic or any other employee event. Office Parties Your Employee Want to Attend. Parties (or summer picnics) were designed to reward and recognize employees for their hard work. All it takes is some smart planning.

Travel Reward Points Are An Employee Perk [poll results]

HR Bartender

We recently ask HR Bartender readers who keeps the reward points accumulated during business travel. When it comes to business travel, employees get to keep the points. It made me wonder if part of the reason is because employees have to pay for travel then get reimbursed. Employees get the benefit of keeping the points because the company gets the benefit of not issuing company credit cards. Especially for employees that travel a lot.

The Community Has Spoken – #truBatonRouge

HR Schoolhouse

HR people and recruiters sure think differently, don’t they?” I feel somewhat able to pontificate on the subject as I’ve not only worked for an agency, been an internal recruiter, and managed corporate recruiting teams, but have also held numerous HR leadership positions over the years. The HR practitioners are back home tiling the soil; waiting, as it were, for the food to come to them. Is it a matter of time and resources for many HR practitioners?

7 Reasons Why it is a Great Time to be in Human Resources!


By Victor Assad - Strategic Human Resources Consultant. Human resources as an organizational function and its leaders are receiving heaps of criticism these days. Pundits, academics and business executives alike have been criticizing HR for not being business savvy, having poor strategic thinking and analysis skills, not having predictive models, innovation, and even a lack of activeness, agility and competence. It is a great time to be in human resources!

Be Happy With How You Currently Spend Your Time

HR Bartender

Planning : Oh gosh, I’m always planning something. The post Be Happy With How You Currently Spend Your Time appeared first on hr bartender. Consulting Employee Engagement Happy Hour Well-Being and Wellness employee relations happy hour well-beingAndi Fisher over at Misadventures with Andi has done it again. She’s introduced another blog post format that I just love. Here’s the first one that I wrote about.

HR Project Management: The Ultimate Guide


HR Project Management Skills are Powerful Tools–Do You Have Them? When you look at a list of key HR competencies, one thing that often is lacking is a good set of project management skills. While it’s easy to try and segment the human resources profession away from the project manager role, I see it as a core part of what we have to do. What is HR Project Management? Managing people/resources. Developing change management plans.

I’ve Had Six Great Bosses in Four Years – Here’s What I’ve Learned From Each One (Part 2)

Something Different

Many aspects of my role stayed the same – I was still in charge of managing day-to-day employee relations, recruiting, training, and safety at the location. Finally, I took on a Project Manager role wherein I supported HR efforts for a multi-million dollars business divestiture (which was a huge exercise in change management for the employee population). General HR General Management Personal Development hr human resources

Diversity, stop burying your head!

New to HR

29th April * Webinar with Vivienne Aiyela * Diversity in the 2015 Workplace * Sign Up For FREE! Karen Blackett is the first black female CEO of MediaCom , one of the UK’s biggest media-buying and planning agencies ( clients include Shell, BSkyB and Audi ). Earlier this year, February 2015, there was an incident on the Paris Metro when Chelsea FC supporters were filmed stopping a black man from getting on the train and singing racists songs. c) New To HR.

You Can’t Have Self-Managed Teams Without Self-Managed People

HR Bartender

Organizations looking toward self-management as a way to free up internal bureaucracy, flatten hierarchy, improve idea sharing, and reduce waste have to consider a few things in their plans. Disengaged employees and self-management might not mix. If you consider the definitions of employee engagement and self-management, it seems logical that disengaged employees might not embrace self-management. Employees need training on the principles of self-management.

Employee vs. Associate: What Should You Call Your People?

The HR Capitalist

I was at a national HR meeting - top 20 people in HR in the company, the corporate functional HR heads (comp, benefits, etc.) I don't remember how it came up, but I offered up a cut and dry opinion that we shouldn't call our talent employees - we should be calling them "associates". And the Darth Vader of HR at the company (a great guy BTW) proceeded to absolutely assassinate me in front of the group with a 5 minute rant on why that was pure Bull#### (quote).

What Can We Learn From This? Marines Say Inclusive Combat Units Are Lower Performing.

The HR Capitalist

Here's a couple of snippets that Tim shared from Time, which printed a review of the study: "The results of study speak to the dangers of the Golem effect. The passive acceptance of second-rate results for women flies in the face of the mythical characterization of the Marine Corps as the most elite of all of the services. Ultimately, the impact of lowered expectations for female performance at boot camp were reflected across the spectrum of the study’s results.

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This Is What Companies Do When They Are Getting Kicked by Entry-Level Turnover.

The HR Capitalist

Let''s say you''re an HR leader responsible for recruiting and retention in some entry-level parts of your company, and your turnover rate is the death of a thousand cuts. Bertolini told employees at a meeting Monday the company is raising its minimum wage to $16 per hour in April. It will be a pay boost for about 5,700 employees, of which 26 are in Connecticut. Most of the employees who will benefit are in Texas, Arizona, California and elsewhere.

What If Employees Could Say "Leave Me Alone" Related to Professional Development?

The HR Capitalist

They''d rather not be part of your expansive plan to make everyone promotable two levels up. Yet ambition is exactly what a large percentage of your employees don''t have. What if you had "opt-in" development plans? What if your employees had the right to say "leave me alone" when it comes to professional development? You''ve got to make a lot of your professional development plans contingent upon the employee actually guiding themselves.

Stop Wasting Time Measuring HR Data


For goodness sake, please stop measuring HR data. Because you didn’t slow down and start with a plan. If you’re gathering data for the sake of gathering data, then you are wasting time and resources, and you’re probably harming your credibility as well. On the other hand, if you started with a plan to associate the data with business outcomes to actually prove a point, then carry on. Employee relations: how about this? Please.

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To Usher in the Age of HR, We Need to Start By Tearing It Apart

TLNT: The Business of HR

Editor’s Note: This is the last of 12 essays from the new book, The Rise of HR; Wisdom From 73 Thoughts Leaders. It’s compiled by Dave Ulrich, Bill Schiemann and Libby Sartain, and sponsored by the HR Certification Institute. But will this also be the Age of HR? The power to make the answer “yes” lies with HR leaders — but exercising that power will be very difficult and likely very painful as well. Ushering in the Age of HR. The focus on employees.

Top workplace trends for 2015: Part 2


Now that we've covered the employee-related changes, we'll take a look at those affecting technology and the workplace. Social media becomes an even stronger tool for attracting talented employees. However, in 2015, more businesses will begin to use social media to attract and connect with top talent. Unfortunately, in 2015 this may also lead to a more "blended" work-life balance , according to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The Challenge of the Future Workforce #EWS2015

Women of HR

Editor’s Note: Women of HR has partnered with Spherion on a series of sponsored posts to bring you highlights and commentary from their 2015 Emerging Workforce Study , which contains a great deal of interesting data and statistics about future trends in the workforce and our workplaces. Any HR professional who has been around for any amount of time or has paid any attention at all knows that we are dealing with workforces that now span many generations.

That Time You Needed to Fire Someone - But Just Hired a Boss For Them Instead.

The HR Capitalist

Last year, the 76ers fought a proposal against reforming the NBA lottery rules because it would've disrupted their rebuilding plan, which is a transparent attempt to gain the highest draft picks possible by maximizing lottery odds over several seasons while developing young players. In corporate America, these decisions go a couple of different ways: --We bring in a peer employee at the low performer's position, citing "business is great". Performance issue?