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THE new overtime rules: How to comply, how to prepare
June 7, 2015
Don't get caught flat-footed by the U.S. Department of Labor's highly controversial rewrite of the overtime exemption rules. A hefty increase in the salary threshold (currently $23,660 per year), plus changes to the duties test will mean millions more employees would become eligible for overtime. Employers are about to be hit with the biggest change to U.S. wage-and-hour law in more than a decade. Will your organization be ready to comply? Read More
The 10-step formula for an effective coaching discussion
June 8, 2015
Every job is actually performed by two people the employee who is paid to accomplish results and the manager who is paid to ensure that this happens. So when staff members become unproductive, unmotivated, or disruptive, a manager's first thought should be, "How do I get things back on track?" The answer to that question almost always involves coaching. Read More
What do airtight personnel records look like? Take a look right now
June 9, 2015
Maintaining personnel records used to be a whole lot simpler. In fact, any HR department that wanted to be absolutely safe on the subject simply issued a keep everything policy. Sure, offices bulged at the seams. And no, it wasn't easy to dig through boxes, archives and servers to find a record in that haystack. Still, given enough time, staff and coffee, the HR team could dig out the documents to mount a strong legal defense. Who knew those
were the good old days? But now, that same keep everything strategy can cost you as much as a lawsuit. Maybe even more. Read More
Debunking 4 myths about millennials
June 10, 2015
When dealing with millennials, take a tip from Pizza Hut: Dont focus too much on them as a homogenous group. The pizza chain, in an attempt to lure and placate the Gen-Yers as customers, rolled out a menu of specialty pizzas that included gourmet buzz-ingredients such as Peruvian cherry peppers, toasted Asiago crust and honey Sriracha sauce. The result: The millennials were unimpressed, leaving Pizza Hut with sagging sales, a need to recalibrate its marketing strategy, and
perhaps a richer (or maybe a murkier) understanding of that crop of consumers. How do you lure and placate millennials as employees? Read More
FMLA covers overnight hospital stay, but what counts as Overnight?
June 11, 2015
One definition of a serious health condition that would qualify an employee for FMLA leave is any period of incapacity or treatment connected with inpatient care (i.e., an overnight stay) in a hospital. But what counts as an overnight stay? Must the person arrive before midnight? Stay until sunrise? Case in Point: Jeffrey, who worked for a tool manufacturer, had a history of heart problems. One day he was having chest
pains at work. He asked his boss if he could go to the hospital. Request granted. Read More
A crash course on working with an assistant
June 12, 2015
Great news! You have a new assistant. Oh no now what do you do? Workplace expert and assistant trainer Bonnie Low-Kramen says two of the most common complaints from her students are: My manager has not a clue what to do with me and I could be doing so much more if they would just let me. Now its not really a surprise that as a manager, you don't know exactly how to utilize your assistant. After all, they don't have classes in college called How to Manage Your
Staff. In lieu of that class, here are Bonnie's top five tips for getting the most out of an assistant: Read More
The passive-aggressive office drama scorecard
June 13, 2015
It turns out you don't even need to get into scrapes with your co-workers to raise the tension level all around you. If you accumulate more than five points in one week using this scorecard, you may be on the road to becoming one of those employees people whisper about. If you rack up more than 10 ... hoooo boy. Read More
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