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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases National Origin Discrimination Guidance

By dba Staff
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:05 PM NEW YORK—The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination, intended to communicate the EEOC's position on legal issues. The guidance discusses a variety of employment situations, including topics such as job segregation, human trafficking and intersectional discrimination, and outlines promising practices.

The EEOC also published a question-and-answer publication and a small business fact sheet that highlights practical tips from the guidance in plain language.

2017 Brings New EEOC Reporting Requirements for Employers

By dba Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:10 PM

NEW YORK—As the administration of President-elect Donald Trump begins to formulate its plans, employers are cautiously watching how changes to the tax code and Affordable Care Act (ACA), among other changes, could impact them in 2017.

Following the Bouncing Ball on the ‘New’ Overtime Rules

By dba Staff
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—On Nov. 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor (DOL) "from implementing and enforcing" the new regulations increasing the salary basis test for overtime exemptions, set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 12:10 AM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Why You Need to Implement Job Descriptions in Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:05 PM

NEW YORK—As you may already know, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to have job descriptions. But as we have all found in our businesses, job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and other legal reasons. Here are some of the most important reasons.

Is Your Plan Ready for Overtime Compliance
Under the New FLSA Legal Requirements?

By Hedley Lawson, DBA Contributor
Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 PM

NEW YORK—Employers have less than six months left to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, and they need to start putting a plan together now.

Recruiting Challenges Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, July 15, 2016 12:15 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 2:05 PM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA.

What You Need to Know About The New Federal Overtime Rules

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:05 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours and wages for workers will increase by $12 billion over the next 10 years, according to the White House.

Do You Know How to Create an Employment Brand?

By Alex Slater, dba Contributor
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:15 PM As with any brand, an employer brand is very much about perception. It is the image you project to current and prospective employees, and also how customers and the general public view you as an employer. Your employer brand is more than the wages and benefits you offer.

What to Look Out for When Outsourcing Your Labor Needs

By By Hedley Lawson
Monday, February 22, 2016 4:10 PM NEW YORK—A recent case settled by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division highlights how companies, large and small, who outsource labor to staffing agencies may want to take precautions to ensure they are in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other employment regulations.

Keep Your Team in Sync With a Morning Huddle

By Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributor
Friday, February 5, 2016 9:10 AM Lack of communication is a problem for single locations that multiplies with each additional location. How do you keep a busy team in sync? I suggest a brief "morning huddle." You say, "Wait! Yearly meetings, quarterly meetings, monthly meetings, weekly meetings...now you're telling me to have a daily meeting! Isn't that meeting overload?"

Sometimes Bonuses Work...Sometimes They Don’t

By Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD
Friday, February 5, 2016 9:05 AM
One of the issues that always comes up is should I bonus my staff, or should I just pay a flat salary. There are two different sides to this argument. One side says just pay a healthy wage and they’ll do everything that you ask of them. The other side, which is the side I tend to think about more, is that we all work on bonuses.

Tracking Results at Multiple Locations:
Setting Up a ‘Standards of Excellence’ Checklist

By Jay Binkowitz and Evan Kestenbaum, MBA, dba Contributors
Monday, January 11, 2016 10:10 AM The critical piece to your success operating multiple locations is the ability to implement and track results. This doesn't happen on its own. You need someone accountable to "trust but verify" what is really occurring at each location. You need to "Train the Trainer." In other words you need someone who will visit and track what is occurring at each location.

Opti-Port Member Eyecare Groups Learn Leadership Skills

By dba Staff
Thursday, December 10, 2015 10:15 AM

ST. LOUIS—Members of the Opti-Port group recently spent time learning about a range of leadership issues and management skills through the group’s Eye Care University, a program developed for Opti-Port members in a partnership with the Bell Leadership Institute, a leader in executive education and development.

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