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Reasons Why Employees Leave Paid Vacation Time On The Table

Reasons Why Employees Leave Paid Vacation Time On The Table

52% of Americans that received paid vacation time in 2016, did not use their allotted time.  Are we headed towards higher numbers for 2017?  The workaholic approach is deeply embedded in our culture, but employees that do not take the time to recharge, often find themselves stressed, overworked, sick and their overall performance suffers.  As […]

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Note-Taking: Is there an App for that?

Are you covered up in sticky notes and scrap paper with notes jotted down?  Can’t find the note you need right now because it’s somewhere in the middle of all of that?  Try one of these useful apps for note-taking.  You might just become a much more organized professional. 1. Squid – If you’re a fan […]

Truths for Thought

Timeless Truths for Thought

Embrace Change – adapt to new everything – adopt early on rather than complain and be left behind Everything counts – every thought, email, decision moves your forward or away Network = Net worth – Connect with others that can help you not hinder. Add diversity to the mix. Be a Giver – Give of […]

FMLA

FMLA Beyond Termination Date?

In a recent case (Douyon v. NYC Department of Education, No. 15-3932, 2nd Cir., 2016)  Marie sued alleging interference with her right to a full 12 weeks of FMLA.  Her lawsuit was dismissed. An employee rights to FMLA leave ends when employment ends.  The employee learned she was going to be terminated as part of […]

How To Be A Master Manager!

How To Be A Master Manager!

Every Manager has strong and weak points.  They may be great team leaders and motivators, but lack organization and ability to track projects and people.  All managers should have some mastery of the following skills. Fair and Fast Decisions:  choose and prioritize options and consider the impact of each option on the team and their […]

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Increase your chances of winning a wage-and-hour lawsuit

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Department of Labor (DOL) regulations require employers to track all hours worked so employees can be paid for all the time they spend working. That’s especially true for hourly employees.  What about tracking hours for so-called exempt (also known as salaried) employees who aren’t eligible for overtime pay […]

Costs of Misclassification

What Are the Costs of Misclassification?

Question: We have an employee claiming they shouldn’t be classified as exempt from overtime. If it turns out they’re right, what are the penalties for misclassification? Answer: The cost of misclassification will depend on several factors, such as how many employees are misclassified, how much extra money they would have been paid if properly classified, how the […]

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Can We Terminate an Employee Who Doesn’t Fit With Our Culture?

Question: We want to terminate an employee who doesn’t fit with our culture. Can we do this? Do you foresee any issues? Answer: First things first, check your policies and any correspondence (like an offer letter) that have been given to the employee to ensure that you have established an at-will employment relationship. Most employers state that […]

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Can We Require Exempt Employees to Clock In and Out?

Question:  Can we require exempt employees to clock in and out? Answer:  While it doesn’t violate the FLSA to have an exempt employee clock in and out, it is recommended only tracking exempt hours if there is a business reason to do so. There are some valid reasons for tracking exempt employee hours. For example, […]