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 […]

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 It’s a complicated law – mainly because it’s terribly outdated for how we do business today.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 […]

Your $250,000 problem

I met with a colleague this week who told me about this situation he encountered at a former employer. This colleague was an HR Manager at a reputable company. Reputable in the standpoint that its vendors and customers recognized them as a leader in the industry. Their employees, however, didn’t view the company as being […]

Overtime pay is coming. Are you ready?

The US White House confirmed yesterday that the Department of Labor has approved a series of changes to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes have been rumored for the last 18 months. Now we finally know the details. It’s time to take action! It happened. Are you ready? You have to comply […]

To compete or non-compete ….

You always want to protect your business from risks. But how can you protect it when there are people out to compete against you? Competing ideas. Competitive pricing. And what about the employees who decide to leave you and work for the competition?!? It’s easy to feel like you’re not in control. Many businesses have […]

Yes, you can still fire employees for bad behavior

Employees beware! The law does not protect you from bad behavior! I hear often from clients statements like, “This employee has no common sense!” I don’t like the term “common sense” because sense is interpreted differently from person to person which means it’s not always common. (A post for a different day, I suppose!) That’s […]