Automation is becoming a major trend in the HR world, with some researchers claiming HR will be fully automated in 5 years, and others claiming a majority of HR professionals will be automating tasks as early as 2019. If these estimates are correct, will the human in Human Resources be out of a job in […]
Month: May 2017
Many employers are seeing an increase in employees requesting time off to care for their aging parents. Because that trend is likely to continue, you should be prepared to manage such requests, particularly when the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies.
Most Massachusetts employers are required by law to provide “meal breaks” for their employees. However, in many industries, it isn’t always feasible for employees to leave the premises during lunch or even to stop working while they’re eating. If employees work through their meal breaks, must they be paid for that time? What if they […]
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking to discourage arrangements in which employees can obtain large wellness incentive payments in exchange for a relatively minor after-tax contribution. Contrary to their promoters’ claims, these setups cannot enable employers to finance wellness incentives solely by reducing their employment tax liability, the IRS warned.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in early May clarified guidance issued in late 2016 about its Early Warning Program (EWP), explaining that the program had not been expanded and such a review for an employer’s defined benefit (DB) retirement plan would not be triggered solely by a change in credit quality.
by Tareen Zafrullah The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal law that imposes minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping, and child labor requirements. Although the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces the FLSA, employees may file their own lawsuits under the Act. A lawsuit may be an individual action or a collective action, which is […]
Productivity concerns affect the entire organization. If the employer needs more productivity, either the existing employees must make that happen through productivity gains, or more employees must be hired. Either way, Human Resources (HR) is involved, directly or indirectly, through communications, training, hiring, or implementing new programs.
When employees are crammed into an office or other work environment for 40 or more hours a week, conflict is bound to arise. However, it’s how you handle conflict that matters the most, and that especially includes not using pepper spray.
In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent lawsuits involved famous singers. First, Lady Gaga had a lawsuit brought against her by her former personal assistant, Jennifer […]
Compensation data that employers may have to provide the federal government next year will not help combat pay discrimination as intended, according to the nation’s largest business group.