Exempt or nonexempt? Free checklist helps you decide

June 4, 2012

It’s a perennial HR challenge: Determining whether an employee is exempt from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We make the job easier with HR Specialist’s free checklist, as well as a free white paper detailing how to comply with the law.

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EEOC’s new guidance on criminal background checks

May 30, 2012
Earlier this year, the EEOC issued up­­dated guidance on how employers should use arrest and con­­viction records when making hiring decisions. If you use criminal background checks to screen applicants and employees, this affects you! Fact: Checks that were once routine are now under the gun.
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Older worker’s pay maxed out? That’s not age discrimination

May 9, 2012

If your company has established top pay levels for each job classification, you probably end up giving some long-tenured (and, therefore, older) employees smaller raises than their less-experienced co-workers. Those older workers may cry foul when they see their smaller (or nonexistent) raises. But they won’t be able to successfully claim age bias, as long as you can explain that the pay difference is due to your clearly documented wage schedules.

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Careless comments may spark slander suit

May 9, 2012

A good rule of thumb: Never make any off-the-cuff statements that could be interpreted as defamation or slander. That goes for explaining to others why someone was terminated or confronting employees about misbehavior.

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Must we reveal salary before offering promotion?

May 9, 2012
Q. Do we have to tell employees exactly how much they will be making before we offer them a promotion? — T.M., Illinois
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Can we ban worker’s ‘atheist’ bracelet?

May 9, 2012
Q. One of our cashiers wears a large bracelet with the words “American Atheist” in bold print. Customers are complaining. Can we tell her to remove it? — C.J., Ohio
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Court: No need to display the NLRB’s pro-union poster

April 17, 2012
A federal appeals court has struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s rule which would have required employers to display a controversial poster that informs workers of their right to form and join a union.
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Beware schedule changes that lower pay!

April 15, 2012
When an employee’s workload is reduced and her pay declines because she’s working fewer hours, she may be able to sue. The pay reduction qualifies as an adverse action, which can trigger litigation.
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Comparing paychecks: Can we prohibit it?

April 15, 2012
Q. We’ve recently learned that our employees have been discussing their pay with one another. Can we stop this practice? – G.F., Illinois
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What’s a workweek for overtime purposes?

April 15, 2012

Q. One of our employees claims that overtime is defined as anything over eight hours per workday. Is he right? – M.M., New Jersey

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