The Wage and Hour Pitfalls of Smartphones

HR Daily Advisor

Are your nonexempt employees sneaking a peek at work-related e-mail while off the clock? Watch out: There could be tricky wage and hour dangers ahead. Ever suspect your employees’ bosses may be pressuring them to respond to calls and e-mails after the workday ends?

Training Classes and Hours of Work

HR Daily Advisor

If you make an offer to a candidate that is contingent on passing your training classes, can you make those training classes unpaid? The answer to your question depends on whether the time spent in training is hours worked as defined under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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The Importance of Training Managers on Fed and State Labor and Employment Laws

Something Different

For those unfamiliar with the act (abbreviated FMLA for short), it essentially entitles workers in the U.S. After all, as I’ve said before most people want to do the right thing… so long as they know what it is.

Compliance Update: DOL Announces Required 2016 Minimum Wage Rates

Berkshire Associates

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the 2016 minimum wage requirements for contractors covered by Executive Order (EO) 13658. This EO is enforced by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. Compensation Compliance HR Training

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Can Save Your Business Money

HR Bartender

In the book “The Cobler of Preston,” Christopher Bullock wrote the famous line, “’Tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.” That’s why I wanted to share some information about a tax credit opportunity I learned about.

Would You Consider Restricting Hours Worked?

HR Daily Advisor

Employers know that there are legal restrictions in terms of the number of hours a nonexempt employee can work before incurring overtime pay. There are also restrictions on the hours a minor can work. Are there restrictions for general work hours?

Higher Wages, Value Creation and Work Design

Compensation Cafe

The path to value creation, according to a noted private equity executive in a recent Harvard Business Review article , is through return on invested capital (ROIC). Indeed, the best way to create real value in a business -- he says -- is by making smart investment decisions.

What Happens to the “Average” Worker When Average Work is Obsolete?

Cornerstone On Demand

The concept of work is getting re-worked. As automated technology continues to replace human labor, the traditional definition of "average" work is becoming outdated. The skills required to get and keep a job are changing dynamically and continuously. per hour.

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HR, Training and the ‘Gig’ Economy


New survey data finds few organizations are investing in their employees’ training and development these days, and I’m beginning to think the “gig economy” may have something to do with it. For those companies that are providing training, only 35 percent are offering career development opportunities online. And, according Saba, the majority of employees (57 percent) are simply getting their training from “on the job” experience.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Generation Z

Cornerstone On Demand

For managers still trying to figure out the Millennials, I have some disturbing news. With this addition to the workforce, we now have 18-year-olds and 80-somethings and all ages in-between seeking employment. The families of Generation Z come in all colors and sizes.

Trading Restaurant Tips For Better Engagement

TLNT: The Business of HR

Approximately 10 million Americans work in the restaurant industry, and it is one of the few industries where wages can legally be below the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr. The remaining 24 states fall in the middle of that spectrum. in the U.S.)

do we have to pay new hires for training time?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: So here’s the sitch: I’m a new-ish office assistant at a small business and was tasked with creating a job posting for one of our in-store entry level positions. I discovered that new entry-level hires are not paid for any training until they have been on the job 90 days. “Training” as defined by my company includes orientation and job shadowing, as well as closely monitored shift work (usually around 2 shifts).

Back to the Future Day Has Arrived, and It’s Brought HR Along with It!

HR Daily Advisor

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, marks the date when Emmett “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly took their Mr. Fusion-powered flying DeLorean time machine into the future (or should we say the present?) in the classic film Back to the Future: Part II. HR 2015?

Does Managing the HR Function in California Require an SPHR?

Something Different

Ergo, this morning I started to do a little bit of research examining the differences between HR in California and HR everywhere else, assuming I’d find significant but not mind-blowing variations. of the California labor code here. 25% of the amount unlawfully withheld.

The 6 Tell-Tale Signs That Someone is an Employee and Not a Contractor

TLNT: The Business of HR

They gave me a desk, a computer, training, a supervisor, job instruction, and a not-so-fat paycheck. The U.S. Department of Labor would not approve of the Meyer summer job situation. Certainly, it’s not the label that a business slaps on the worker. By Eric B.

The Week in HR (9.18.2015)

Something Different

Here are some of the most interesting reads I came across this week: Upon executive order from the President, effective September 30th, 2016, federal contractors will need to provide at least one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours an employee of said contractor works.

Apprenticeships Help Close Skills Gap, Offer Expanded Training Opportunities

HR Daily Advisor

Forward-thinking companies like The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) are always on the lookout for innovative training opportunities that can help close the skills gap. This spring, the U.S. program as having met the national standards of apprenticeship.

HEY BIG COMPANY: Are Your Management Trainees Bristling At Being Salaried Employees?

The HR Capitalist

The time honored tradition of the management trainee position. You recognize the value. Someday my boys are going to grow up and they may land in a management training program right out of school. Because you and I know that's the way the world works.

Another appellate court dropkicks the DOL’s unpaid-internship test

The Employer Handbook

You probably didn’t come here to read about Law360 naming me one of the 20 attorneys who are killing it on Twitter. Let’s keep it here at the award-winning The Employer Handbook , and talk about internships. The court further recognized a possible hybrid arrangement.

Hey Employer don’t look to the USDOL for help

OmegaHR Solutions

I recently attended a seminar conducted by the law firm Fisher & Phillips. During the presentations attorney Matt Simpson told us about some changes that the US Department of Labor has instituted that appear to be very anti-employer. And Employers Are The Enemy.

Minimum Wage Rises Again — Is Your State Next?


Fulfilling a five-year plan to bring up minimum wage leads to mixed feelings among California’s employers and employees. It’s been a year since California first raised the bar (and the income) for minimum wage employees. an hour in 2015, the plan is to hit $15 by 2018.

FLSA Basics

HR Daily Advisor

Everyone has heard of it, but not everyone knows exactly what the FLSA regulates. Let’s take a look at the primary regulations imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and give a quick overview of what else it covers. What Does the FLSA Cover?

Common HR Audits—Is Your Team Conducting These?

HR Daily Advisor

That sentiment is often the basis behind conducting internal audits. HR teams often conduct audits that mimic the audits regulatory agencies perform. These are just a few of the many reasons to conduct internal audits. Wage and hour practices audit.

Lineman Claims His Overtime, Training Opportunities Were Derailed On Basis of Race

HR Daily Advisor

An African-American railroad worker alleged that he was denied overtime and certain training due to race discrimination. His employer denied the allegations. Some of his responsibilities in that position included construction, installation, and repairs of the overhead catenary system.

Do You Pay Your Interns? Six Questions That Can Help You Decide

TLNT: The Business of HR

The short answer – probably. It’s safe to assume that as more and more unpaid interns hear about the lawsuits, they could jump on the bandwagon. Three separate bills have been proposed in the past month to prevent workplace discrimination against unpaid interns.

Ask the Expert: How Does FLSA Apply to International Travel and Work?

HR Daily Advisor

Travel time: Travel that keeps an employee away from home overnight is designated as “travel away from home” by the Wage and Hour Division regulations (29 CFR 785.39). Travel away from home is paid work time when it “cuts across the employee’s workday.”

should our office stop cake collections, disclosing a wage garnishment, and more

Ask a Manager

In my office, there is a custom that when a colleague leaves, folks in the office contribute a few dollars towards a card, a farewell cake, or similar. It used to be mostly informal with someone doing the rounds with cap in hand. More importantly, the HR manager has recently started coordinating this initiative — with all the best intentions, but I’m afraid it may seem like an imposition if it comes from an HR person. It’s five answers to five questions.

10 Things Employers Must Know About Their Policies and Agreements

TLNT: The Business of HR

Knowing the do’s and don’ts is the first step to success. Test yourself to see if you can correctly answer the below 10 questions and learn more about the developing law governing employer policies and procedures. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the EEOC in EEOC v.

Steps to Take Toward a (Smart) Smartphone Policy

HR Daily Advisor

In yesterday’s Advisor , we discussed the wage and hour compliance dangers of employee cell phone use; today, help with crafting intelligent cell phone policies. If employees are checking e-mails for 2 or 3 minutes, or taking a quick call (Where’s the ABC file?),

How To Lose A Good Employee

nettime solutions

Unfortunately, that’s the mindset in many organizations. Employee wages represent up to 50 percent of a company’s expenses. Focus solely on profits; fail to spend time articulating the importance and value of an employee’s work that contributes to the bottom line.

Walmart $1 Billion Investment Reaffirms Importance of Total Compensation

Compensation Today

By Tess Taylor, PayScale Senior Blogger and Mykkah Herner, PayScale Director of Compensation Everywhere you turn, there’s more news about big companies like Target, McDonald’s and TJ Maxx raising the minimum wage. The PayScale Index illustrates this. percent overall in the US.

Ask the Expert: What Are the Rules for Work Travel?

HR Daily Advisor

Typically the travel time is one to two hours. Sometimes employees meet at the warehouse and ride in the company van. Do we pay for the time they spend traveling to and from the work site as well as the when they are doing their work on the site?

Ask the Expert: Is our Graphic Designer Exempt or Non-exempt?

HR Daily Advisor

I realize they can be an exempt position but we are trying to determine if the position is really exempt. His supervisor says that the employee comes up with ideas for advertising and develops them. Ask the Expert FLSA/Wages BLR business Exempt Employees FLSA

Workday Foundation Sharpens Focus on Workforce Development


When Workday established the Workday Foundation in 2013 with a stock gift, our early thinking about the Foundation’s mission centered on these intrinsic principles: Reflect the company’s founding values. Align with the company’s core competencies. Workforce Week 2015.

PayScale Tools for Today's Comp Pro! Compensation Glossary: Part 1 of 4

Compensation Today

Jenni Marquez, CCP, PayScale Compensation Professional Even the most seasoned HR professional might take a big gulp if approached by their CEO to take charge of anything comp. That’s because, despite being part of the HR department, compensation is like the cool kid at a party.