Category: Q&A

Check out this category for articles where we ask the questions, and industry experts provide the answers.

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Ask the Expert: Can Our Employee Work as a ‘Contractor’ on Weekends?

Question: We are seeking clarification on hours worked for overtime pay. We have an employee who works as a “contractor” outside regular working hours, such as weekends. We are looking for guidance on when we will have to pay overtime; if allowing the employee to work as a “contractor” on the weekends will still count […]

Q&A: FLSA Overtime Exemption Regs Create Pay Compression

Question: We are currently evaluating a number of exempt positions with our company in respect to forthcoming FLSA overtime exemption changes.  Their salaries range below the new salary threshold and above (all depends on tenure and experience). We are looking at bumping everyone to the minimum amount.  How are most companies handling the individuals who […]

Ask the Expert: Military Leave—Paid or Unpaid?

We have an employee that just came back from military leave. He did not present orders to HR or payroll and turned in a timecard with “5 days Military Leave” written across the week he was gone. Payroll paid him for that week and deducted 40 hours of leave. The employee came back stating that […]

Ask the Expert: New FLSA Overtime Regs and Car Sales Employees

I am wondering how we will change our car sales employees under the new FLSA overtime regs. They currently receive a draw of $18,000 + commissions and they’re exempt. Does this mean our only option is to make them nonexempt and start having them clock in? We cannot provide a base draw of the new […]

High Performance HR: A Q&A with Christopher D. Lee

Effective human resources departments champion high performance and enable employees to raise their standards to meet the demands of the 21st century workplace. But, many HR departments are using outdated philosophies to guide their practices.

Ask the Expert: FMLA for Depressed Employee Who Hasn’t Requested It?

An employee has been with the company for almost 2 years and is always on time and present. However, they have recently stopped showing up for their scheduled shifts. We learned that the employee has fallen into a deep depression which is restricting the individual from having contact not only with our company but also […]

Ask the Expert: Part-Time Employees and the New Overtime Rule

Regarding the new overtime rule and the minimum salary threshold for exempt status—how does it treat part-time employees who are currently exempt? For example, if a part-time worker in an exempt position making is $30k annually, but the full-time  equivalent is $60k, do they meet the requirement?