FLSA Overtime Rule Update

  The 2016 proposed salary threshold increase for exempt employees remains stalled. A November injunction blocked a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule set to take effect December 1, 2016. This rule would have doubled the salary threshold under which overtime must be paid. Following several appeals by the Department of Labor and corresponding…

Take the Anxiety out of Performance Reviews

  Mention performance reviews in any office and you’ll get a litany of horror stories. Furious workers blind-sided with surprise criticism. Unfair appraisals tied to raises. Bosses giving everyone the same results to keep the peace. From the employee: Anger. Frustration. Anxiety. From the boss: Hesitation. Delay. Anxiety. And yet, the calls from the HR…

What Organizations Can Do to Curb Sexual Harassment

  Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal, but that doesn’t keep it from happening. It can creep into our workplaces, making workers uncomfortable and taking the focus off business. While your legal obligations may be covered by a policy and required training, there are additional steps you can take to prevent sexual harassment. Each…

Independent Contractor or Employee?

  Job search sites are filled with listings for part-time workers, temporary positions, freelance workers and independent contractors. But these job classifications are not interchangeable, and misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor comes with penalties and possible lawsuits. The rise in the use of independent contractors is a remnant of the 2007 – 09…