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Thou Shall Not Waive Overtime Pay

There are more and more cases concerning employees not being paid for overtime. The bottom line is if an employee works more than 40 hours in their regular work week, you must pay the overtime rate (1 ½ times their regular rate) for hours over 40. Oh, but you made an announcement that no overtime […]


New Businesses Under The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

As a new, small business, do you have to follow the FLSA? Check out the attached fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Labor. https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs27.pdf CyQuest can be your partner in your new business. We can assist with recruiting, onboarding, policies and more! Contact us today.

overtime pay

To Pay or Not to Pay – That is the Question

You have a receptionist that works 8:00 – 5:00, with an hour for lunch, Monday through Friday. Upon completion of her timesheet, you note she reported 42 hours instead of 40. You saw her take lunch, you know she left on time and came in on time each day, what gives? When you discuss this […]

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U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division

Every day we hear about another company that’s in trouble and being fined for not following the laws regarding wages, working conditions, and related issues. Today begins a short series to help you and your small business avoid some of the more common pitfalls and each will have a fact sheet with more information provided. […]

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Beware of Inflated Performance Reviews

Many managers over rate their subordinates. There is a tendency to emphasize the good and overlook the bad. The problem is when the employee gets terminated for performance related problems, what’s going to happen? In many cases the employee will contact a lawyer and win, costing the company a lot of money and time. Simples […]

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Get Exercising At Work, But Don’t Leave Your Desk

Admit it, most people, myself included, would be a lot more interested in the Extra Fries vs. Exercise. The truth is sitting at your desk day after day could be as bad for you as those extra fries! You are expected to be at your desk working during the day, but your back hurts, your […]

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Latest Form I-9 Becomes Mandatory: What you need to know

Jan. 23 was the Trump administration’s first business day and the first day of a new era in employment eligibility verification. It’s when use of the latest Form I-9 became mandatory for employers that hire new employees. The new I-9 form is a “smart” PDF—available online and featuring dropdown menus, hover text with instructions and […]

Poor Hygiene

Addressing Poor Hygiene and Appearance

Question: Our receptionist has bad hygiene and an unacceptable appearance. She looks as though she’s just rolled out of bed, her body odor is noticeable to customers and vendors, and her attire is often dirty, torn, or poor fitting. What is the best way to handle this situation? Answer: Poor hygiene and clothing are certainly sensitive matters, […]