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Why did you write this book?

Why did you write this book? It’s the question I’ve been getting most often lately. And the answer is that until recently I didn’t know why. Sure, writing a book is a personal and professional achievement. And it gives another notch of credibility on my resume. But that’s not why I wrote this particular book. […]

Top talent isn’t in one place

I bet you have an incredible marketing and sales strategy for your business. After all, you’re in it for revenue and profit, right? I bet you hired market researchers to determine the best market segments to focus product development, marketing and sales efforts. After all, if the products or services don’t sell, you aren’t going […]

Finding talent – Where do you start?

When you’re thinking about bringing individuals into your company—a freelancer, a contractor, a temp, an employee, a business partner—I think you have to start out with what is it that you really need? Then you get into why would I hire someone and a certain type of business relationship with that person? Before you create […]

A (necessary?) pause to FLSA updates?

So then this happened today …. a federal judge in Eastern Texas put a halt to the FLSA regulation updates. Well … maybe … I know you have been working diligently on updating your approach to the FLSA compliance. The announcement in May 2016 by the federal Department of Labor told us that we would need […]

I’m taking the day off.

I’m taking the day off. That’s right. As I type this post I am planning to take the day off tomorrow. It’s a Monday that I’ll be taking the day off so that allows a 3-day weekend for me. Many yays! What a luxury! Why is it such a luxury to take a day off? […]

Wow did I mess this up!

Let me start with the positives. I just hit a HUGE milestone in my business’s life cycle. I made it through the first full year of business and I’m in the black! Wooohoooo! So professionally and personally I feel like I’m firing on all cylinders. And I feel like I’m pretty put together for the […]

Wait, I can just pay everyone a salary?

Wait, I can just pay everyone a salary? Yes, this is true. But not so fast! The recent changes in FLSA requirements have people’s heads spinning about implementing a reasonable approach to compliance. Let me translate that. People don’t know how to get in line with the new regulations. Here’s the thing. The regulations are essentially the […]

I’m not your police force

Have you heard about the code of conduct violations at Wells Fargo and their sky high penalties? If not, check it out via The Washington Post.  Yeah, so … I don’t agree with a recent article published by Society for Human Resources Professionals, SHRM. Well not all of it, with all due respect to the […]

Your OSHA reports are going public in a big way 

Are you responsible for OSHA reporting? If you are, then you probably know about the two rules that will go into effect in 2017 related to electronic reporting and anti-retaliation. OSHA investigators are not really trained to sniff out retaliatory practices at companies The new rule initially provided that beginning Aug. 10, (um, that was […]

No more excuses

I have had so many questions about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations during my career and it’s not surprising. It’s a complicated law – mainly because it’s terribly outdated for how we do business today. Here’s the thing, most of my clients are violating the regulations. And YOU may be too. Here are some […]