HR TROLLS: Thinking Unemployment on Steroids Means You Have a Compensation Problem.

The HR Capitalist

I belong to multiple online groups covering HR on a variety of platforms - you know the type - people can post questions on problems they're having in their HR shops and get help, advice and recommendations from their peers. The problem wasn't the incentive, it was the company.

Top 5 challenges in employee relations and how you can address them


WHAT ARE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS? Employee Relations is not just a term, nor it only means relationships between employers and employees. It refers to an organization’s efforts to create and maintain a positive relationship with its employees.


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7 ways a PEO can help you manage your employee-related to-dos


The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But by ignoring your employer responsibilities to employees, you could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

5 Things to Know About The Yelp Employee Who Got Fired Complaining About A Living Wage in San Fran.

The HR Capitalist

A Yelp employee recently got fired for writing a post taking her company and CEO to task for not paying her better so she could live in the Bay Area. Here's your summary from The Washington Post : "The Yelp employee who said she was fired after she blogged about the financial pressures she felt while working for the multibillion-dollar business said Monday that her breaking point came one night when she went to sleep — and woke up "starving" two hours later.

6 Ways a PEO Can Help You Manage Your Employee-Related To-Dos


The more time you spend managing employee issues, the less time you have to run your business. But ignoring your employee-related responsibilities could cause a rift in your workforce and create potentially costly legal battles. Your simple employee relations issue just escalated. Other employees are now complaining that Joe is very careless around equipment in the warehouse. An employee requests leave.

HR Trends for 2021

Astron Solutions

Despite all the uncertainty in the world, you have been a positive constant for Astron. As per Astronology® tradition, our last article of the year will be our thoughts on possible HR trends and hot topics for the incoming year. Changes to the traditional 401(k) plan.

14 Ways to Invest in your Employees in 2020

Career Metis

As a business owner, employee turnover doesn’t just take up your time, but it also eats into your margins and by losing good people your business is worse off. Investing in the workforce is a vital part of creating an engaged team and keeping hold of good people.

4 Situations Where You Should Consider Hiring a Labor Attorney

Career Metis

In the United States, employees are protected by both federal and state labor laws. These laws guarantee employees protection from being discriminated against because of their race, gender, or religion, as well as due to a physical or mental disability.

Court of appeals decision highlights risk of (mis)classifying employees

Ohio Employer's Law

I once handled a wage-and-hour investigation in which the employer, before retaining my services, hired an HR consultant to help classify its employees as exempt or non-exempt. The DOL, however, disagreed, and reclassified half of the company’s employees (with corresponding back pay awards for unpaid overtime for those employees moved from exempt to non-exempt). The lesson here is not a happy one. wage and hour

10 Tips to Build Strong Company Loyalty With Your Employees

Career Metis

Company loyalty is one of the most central aspects of any workplace. When employees have this loyalty, the business runs smoothly, satisfying each member of the team and improving productivity. Take these ideas and apply them to the following tips.

The Fissured Workplace and Employee Misclassification

Astron Solutions

In recent times, companies such as Uber and Handy have been faced with lawsuits challenging whether the individuals working for them should truly be considered “contractors.” Are their “staff” in reality employees being denied rights reserved to those in the proper classification? In this issue of Astronology® we explore the fissured workplace and the accompanying issue of employee misclassification. How large of an issue is misclassifying employees?

Work Stoppage in the 21st Century

Astron Solutions

What do the NFL , the cereal brand Kellogg’s , and Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (LIU-Brooklyn) have in common? They all have dealt with employee lockouts in the last five years. Given the September 14th end to the LIU-Brooklyn faculty lockout, in this issue of Astronology® we discuss lockouts and work stoppage in general. Strike vs. Lockout…what’s the difference? However, the ways they develop are different. The solution reached?

The Burden of FLSA, FMLA and ADA


I was having lunch the other day with a dear friend and HR colleague and he was telling me a story that I had lived through many times before. In a nutshell, he had a manager who wanted to break the rules because it was “too burdensome” to follow them. More honestly stated: the manager did not care to do the right thing because the right thing was a pain in her ass. HR professionals face this dilemma all the time. Long live the DOL website! (Ok,

Amazon Raising All US Workers to a Minimum of $15/hr Is The Simplest Business Decision Ever.

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, Amazon announced today that it would establish a $15/hr minimum hourly wage for all 350,000 of its U.S. employees. The new pay threshold will go into effect Nov. 1 and impact all full-time, temporary and seasonal workers across the company’s U.S. warehouse and customer service teams as well as Whole Foods, the company said in a blog post. It did not disclose what its current minimum pay wage is for U.S.

3 Steps to Protect Information While Leveraging Social Media

HR Daily Advisor

The number of companies maintaining a corporate presence on social media rose from 34% in 2008 to 77% in 2013 according to SHRM Survey Findings: Social Networking Website and Recruiting/Selection. According to the survey, social media is primarily used to attract passive job candidates, but, according to Brian R. partner with the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP., Garrison advises that the guidelines or policies should not just be stuck in the employee handbook.

What is a PEO? – Top 10 FAQs Business Owners Have About PEOs

Prism HR

It’s your responsibility to ensure your employees are paid on time, stay safe throughout the workday, and have access to benefits like workers’ compensation, health insurance, and 401k. Using a PEO to outsource HR lets you focus on your mission and operations to deliver the best products and services to your clients. In this blog, we’ll discuss the top 10 FAQs business owners have about professional employer organizations (PEOs). How does the PEO model work?

New Overtime Rule: Minimum Salary Raised to $35,568


The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially released a final overtime rule that raises the minimum salary amount to $35,568 to qualify for exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When does the new overtime rule take effect? The new overtime rule takes effect January 1, 2020. Related articles: New Overtime Rule: Minimum Salary Raised to $35,568 Minimum Wage Increases – July 1, 2019 Can an employee be forced to work overtime?

HR Glossary of Terms


ATS, employee handbook, HRIS, workers’ comp … there are plenty of acronyms and terms in the HR world to know and stay on top of. Whatever your situation is, we’ve got the ultimate HR glossary to help! Ban the Box. Common-Law Employee.

Why Understanding Labor Laws Is So Important

Global People Strategist

They ensure that employer-employee relations are monitored, allowing both parties to be held accountable for their actions. There is a natural hierarchy between the employer and the employee. Working Hours.

4 Labor and Employment Law Changes to Keep an Eye On In 2015


Right now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) —also known as health care reform—is probably your number one concern when it comes to complying with new government regulations in 2015. But while health care reform brings a whole new set of challenges to your business in the coming year, it’s not the only legal change you need to keep an eye on. Changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An increase in federal minimum wage.

Exempt or non-exempt? Classifying employees


Unsure whether you have an exempt or non-exempt employee? Before you classify a role incorrectly, check the requirements for what it takes to legally be considered exempt. If you classify an employee incorrectly, you could be putting your business at risk. Exempt Employee Definition . The term “exempt employeerelates to any worker who is exempt from receiving overtime, regardless of the number of hours worked. 800/40 hour.

Employment Evaluations: How to Determine Salary Increases for Employees


The recently released 2021 Salary Projection survey , undertaken by Canadian HR consulting firm Morneau Shepell, found that “in 2020, 36% of organizations froze their salaries compared to a forecast of 2.0%. The news isn’t all bleak, however. compared to the same quarter last year.” .

eBook 62

Back to Work After COVID-19

Tandem HR

An employer’s guide to preparing the business, the workplace and employees for the transition. businesses are entering a new phase of the pandemic and employees are headed back to work after COVID-19 shelter in place orders expire. Prepare your employees. ?

How to HR in a growing company – A guide for every size business


When you first start a company, amid the excitement and many competing priorities, you may not be considering the vital role of human resources (HR) in growing a company. While you can probably get away with a less-than-defined HR strategy as a startup, these policies, procedures and strategies can determine your fate as the business grows. In a perfect world, all businesses would operate in strict accordance with the laws and best practices governing HR.

What you need to include in a small business employee handbook

Business Management Daily

When you’re trying to oversee your business’ sales, marketing, product, and finances it’s easy to put HR tasks like developing an employee handbook on the backburner. However, employee handbooks serve an important role. Why does your small business need an employee handbook ?

California Wildfires: What Employers Need to Know


The monstrous Carr fire in Shasta County has taken several lives, destroyed hundreds of residences and burned nearly 99,000 acres — and its currently only 20 percent contained. During this trying time, the California Chamber of Commerce often receives questions from the employer community about how to help their employees, and employers must remember some key obligations. Paying Employees. In emergencies, special pay rules apply for nonexempt employees.

HR Advice for Small and Medium Businesses

HR Partner

Most small and many medium sized businesses have to figure out the Human Resources side of business as they go along. . We surveyed hundreds of HR consultants to find out the most crucial HR advice for small and medium businesses that they most frequently find themselves giving.

WIRTW #444 (the “training” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

The workplace training video. 3d Cir: Even where old folks are treated fairly, OLDER folks can bring age-bias claims — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. No Means No – Judge Limits The EEOC’s Claims In Bass Pro Case (Again) — via Workplace Class Action Litigation. In 2017, think before you share — via The Verge. Pros and Cons of “Friending” Employees Online — via HR Daily Advisor. HR & Employee Relations.

11 Risks of Working in An Unhealthy Work Environment

Career Metis

Any job has the potential for injury or stress, but in an unhealthy environment, your risks will be greater. . I spent three years at a company that did not allow their employees to develop or use their skills, did not offer room for advancement, and didn’t even provide water. .

WIRTW #437 (the “Elevate HR” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Elevate HR is the largest virtual HR conference in the world. And, for the second straight year, I am thrilled to be one of the more than 50 industry leaders chosen to present. In this session, you will learn the most important steps you can take right now to train your employees on effective cybersecurity awareness, to place your company in the best position to protect against a costly data breach. And the best part?

WIRTW #375 (the “post-it” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Have you heard the one about the intern fired after hiding an offensive message for his employer buried within the stack of post-it notes he was sent out to purchase? Opposing Views has all the info. via Employment Matters Blog Conflating abuse and incivility in the academic workplace — via Minding the Workplace OSHA Extends Enforcement Date for Confined Spaces in Construction Standard — via OSHA Law Blog An Injured Employee Tests Positive for Drugs… Now What? —

WIRTW #493 (the “Super Bowl” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Today’s goal: Strive to be the type of employer that engenders this type of loyalty in your employees. I’m just going to leave some not-so-subtle hints here about how to up your company’s harassment-training game — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog. Nooses And the N-Word At Work: Same As It Ever Was — via FisherBroyles. It’s a Plane, It’s a Bird, It’s a Bird on a Plane… What the… — via William Goren’s Understanding the ADA.

7 Ways the Gig Economy Changed During COVID-19

Accurate Background

The gig economy was already exploding prior to the pandemic, but the gig economy changed during COVID in ways that are likely to continue well into the future. The pandemic has created massive shifts to the gig economy that impact staff, employers—and customers.

Furloughed Employees- How To Bring Them Back?

Vantage Circle

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted unprecedented mass layoffs that have been confirmed by significant organizations that are downsizing their workforces. However, many business chiefs have so far opted to furlough employees instead of severing ties entirely. It is a thoughtful decision of securing the right talent in a labor tight market. That raises the first question, what is a furlough exactly? What is an Employee Furlough, or who are the Furloughed Employees?

Ask The Industry: HR Predictions For 2019


Several new and exciting trends emerged while technology continued to grow in the areas of artificial intelligence, decision support and more. In this edition of ‘ Ask The Industry ’, we spoke with HR experts from across the nation on what their top predictions are for the upcoming year. HR professionals should be paying attention to the trend of remote workers. Also, working remotely can create wage and hour issues, as well as workers compensation questions.”.