All posts by Daniel Harrelson

New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cut-Off

Employees who make less than $35,568 are now eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued today by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new rate will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet … Continue reading New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cut-Off

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Grounds for Termination – What You Need to Know

The decision to fire an employee is rarely an easy one. Above all, you must be sure that you have sufficient grounds for termination. If you don’t have justifiable and legal reasons for firing an employee, the worker can go to court and charge the company with wrongful discharge or discrimination. With a growing number … Continue reading Grounds for Termination – What You Need to Know

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10 Easy Things to Build Employee Engagement

What are the benefits of building an engaged workforce? There are many benefits of building an engaged workforce. Compared to unengaged employees, engaged employees tend to: Be more productive; Stay with the company longer; Help improve customer satisfaction; Help boost the bottom line. What are the consequences of having an unengaged workforce? Unengaged employees are … Continue reading 10 Easy Things to Build Employee Engagement

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How to Manage Challenging Employees

Supervising other people is never easy, but some employees make it particularly difficult. These challenging employees can try your patience and drain a lot of your time and energy. To turn things around takes skillful management and patience. So why not just fire these difficult employees? It seems like the logical answer. And sometimes it … Continue reading How to Manage Challenging Employees

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Avoiding Off-the-Clock Work

Employers have a legal obligation to pay nonexempt employees for all hours worked. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal statute that regulates wage and hour law. Some states have more stringent wage and hour laws than the FLSA. The FLSA: Requires payment of the federal minimum wage; and Guarantees compensation for all … Continue reading Avoiding Off-the-Clock Work

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FMLA Questions as an Employer

As an employer, it is important to know where your company stands in regards to FMLA policy’s/procedures. Ask yourself these questions: Do you have a medical leave of absence policy? If you have an employee handbook or other benefit book, does it contain your medical leave of absence policy and the FMLA General Notice? Is … Continue reading FMLA Questions as an Employer

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5 Steps to the Hiring Process

Employees are your company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage.  You want to attract and retain the best, provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of your company’s mission. Making the right hire, at the right time, can potentially save you $5,000 per new employee. Experts … Continue reading 5 Steps to the Hiring Process

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