Tag: employer

Superstore: America Ferrera Tackles Big-Box Retail

In Superstore, NBC has gifted us The Office-caliber employment law issues in a big-box retail setting.  The show focuses on the fictional Cloud 9 Superstore in Missouri and its delightful staff of misfits, led by America Ferrera.

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Ask the Expert: Managing Benefits for Employees with Fluctuating Hours

Question: How should we handle new employees if their hours aren’t what we had planned. For example – if we hired someone for full-time and offered them insurance after their waiting period, but then realize a few months later that that person was not working 30 hours per week. Since there is no look back […]

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Problem or No Problem: Candidate Issues to Reconsider

With a tight job market, many employers are finding it more and more difficult to hire top talent. There are fewer job applicants for the average vacancy. There’s a greater likelihood that the ideal candidate will have multiple offers to choose from.

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How Employers Can Impact Employee Financial Wellness

Employees who are under financial stress can have a negative impact on an employer in many ways. They may show up to work distracted, for example, which could mean they’re less productive or more likely to make mistakes. They may become agitated more easily, which can lead to other workplace issues. They may even take […]

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investigations

Workplace Investigations: A Q&A with Susan Fentin

As an HR manager, you should be thoroughly investigating every complaint that comes across your desk. And, it’s important to investigate allegations of wrongdoing in a timely manner, but you run the risk of cutting some key corners if you act too quickly.

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basketball

Doctor, Doctor

I played basketball in high school and dreamed of playing in college.  I knew it was a long shot, and it never came to pass.  “Maybe I’ll walk on some day,” I thought as I went off to college.  Yeah, right.  I gave up that dream when I enrolled at Wake Forest in the early- […]

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bonus

Beware of Bonus Pitfalls: Overtime and Nonexempt Employees

Employers’ failure to properly factor bonus payments into overtime is probably the most common wage and hour compliance error I see, including among employers that have experienced HR personnel who are knowledgeable about the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Failure to factor these payments into overtime is also really difficult to defend because the law on this point (unlike for some FLSA issues) is pretty clear.

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travel time

Is Travel Time Compensable for Technicians Paid on an Hourly Basis?

As we previously reported, last week the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its first Opinion Letters in 9 years. Important questions were addressed regarding the interplay of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the compensability of travel time for nonexempt employees. Part 2 of this […]

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Marijuana

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Statute Raises New Questions for Employers

Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana statute has taken effect, and dispensaries are open. The law contains a specific caveat barring employers from “discriminating” against employees who use medical marijuana with a legal state certificate. Pennsylvania employers will now join others in a growing number of states learning how to handle employees who test positive for medical […]

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