Following the Bouncing Ball on the ‘New’ Overtime Rules

By Staff
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:08 AM 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.

Open Enrollment Tips Health Care Benefits in 2017

By Staff
Monday, October 31, 2016 3:45 PM NEW YORK—Once a year, company owners, managers and HR pros see the annual Open Enrollment season as an opportunity to personally engage with employees by helping them to make choices that will safeguard their health and financial well-being. Before starting this year’s process, here are a few tips you should review before putting your plans into action.

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.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:11 PM 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).

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:41 AM 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. The study surveyed execs regarding the types of talent  needed, the skills that are most difficult to find and how they’re using  labor and recruiting methods to strengthen their work forces.

What Will New Federal Overtime Rules Mean for Your Business?

By Staff
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:15 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. To find out the particulars of the overtime rule and see how it might affect your business, read the full story in HR Corner.

What Will New Federal Overtime Rules Mean for Your Business?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:08 PM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor  recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 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, according to the White House.

Understanding State Sick Leave Laws

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:49 AM NEW YORK—State and local laws requiring employers to provide paid sick time are growing across the country. California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., currently mandate paid sick time, while at least one county and 17 cities have enacted similar laws.

Taking Time Off for Military Service

By Staff
Monday, March 28, 2016 4:20 PM NEW YORK—According to the Department of Labor,  nearly 575,000 veterans in the U.S. are unemployed. Statistics released last year showed the average unemployment rate among all veterans was 5.3 percent and 8.4 percent for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Online Job Searching Has Doubled Since 2005

By Staff
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 3:00 PM NEW YORK—U.S. job seekers are as likely to look for jobs online as they are to rely on friends and other contacts for connections to the job market, according to a recently released survey.

Outsourcing Labor Needs to Staffing Companies Comes With Risks

By By Hedley Lawson
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:08 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.

Salaries Positioned to Rise in 2016 as Economic Recovery Continues

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:22 PM NEW YORK—Even as the recovery from the Great Recession brought corporate profits, most workers' salaries have marginally kept pace with inflation. As the nation continues to more closer to full employment and with layoffs near historical lows, there are prominent indicators suggesting that lower paid workers are starting to see some of the gains of the nearly 7 year-old recovery.

What You Should Do if an OSHA Inspector Shows Up at Your Company

By Staff
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 3:30 PM NEW YORK—The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is poised to begin 2016 with new challenges and increased on-site employer inspections. With that as the backdrop, how should you react if an OSHA inspector shows up at your office?

Employee Retention Tips to Consider for 2016

By Staff
Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:50 AM NEW YORK—From an overarching business perspective, recruiting and retaining talent will continue to offer significant challenges to corporations and business owners alike in 2016. The latest statistics are compelling: Three out of every 10 workers in your business will retire over the next 10 years. Of those same 10 people, three others are seeking new jobs at this moment.

Tips for Avoiding Liability During the Holidays

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 9:26 AM NEW YORK—As the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals so clearly stated, “at the risk of playing the Grinch . . . we note that office Christmas parties also seem to be fertile ground for unwanted sexual overtures that lead to Title VII complaints.” While true, it lacked clear guidance to employers on ways to avoid possible legal risks.
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