Exempt vs. Nonexempt: Where the Dividing Line Is

Employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act are required to pay nonexempt employees for all hours worked. It sounds simple enough, but many people fail to understand all the forms an hour of work can take. Not understanding the nuances of this principle can lead to payroll mistakes. Below are some pitfalls to avoid. … Read more

How To Retain Employees In A Tough Market

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Imagine you’re a nursing home manager trying to replace a nurse’s aide. But the resumes aren’t coming in like they usually do. You can’t figure out why until an applicant points out that you’re offering the same hourly wage as McDonald’s and asks what you have that McDonald’s doesn’t. Lockdown-era furloughs forced huge numbers of … Read more

Can You Clearly Explain Your Health Insurance Plan?

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According to a report by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, just 19 percent of employers say their employees had a “high level of understanding of their benefits.” The report cites three main reasons for this: Employees don’t open or read the materials. Employees don’t understand the materials. Employees don’t see the value in … Read more

7 Ways To Manage the Worker Shortage

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Many businesses are struggling with a worker shortage. It is happening across the board: staff shortages at our doctors’ offices, at child care centers and at the restaurants we frequent. Businesses, their employees and their customers and clients all are unhappy and trying hard to find solutions. Here are seven things businesses can focus on … Read more

Digital Dexterity: The Goal of a Successful Workplace

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The workplace of the future is no longer abstract. It is a reality, but a reality that is different for each business. Every workplace has changed since March 2020, although no two have changed in exactly the same way. However, there is one common theme: Most companies now rely more on technology to increase workplace … Read more

EEOC Provides Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Policies

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has updated its guidance on workplace COVID-19 vaccine policies. The agency’s original guidance, issued in December 2020, addressed COVID-19 vaccine mandates, discussing COVID-19 diagnosis or vaccination status with employees, and handling reasonable accommodation requests from employees. The EEOC’s updated guidance clarifies whether employers can mandate COVID-19 vaccinations and offer incentives … Read more

An HR Audit Checklist To Keep You Compliant

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An internal HR audit reveals whether you’re complying with the law and helps you avoid potential liabilities and employee lawsuits. Below are some focal points to address during the audit. Recruitment and Hiring Job descriptions, postings and interviews are compliant with federal and state laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Interview questions are … Read more

Vaccine Mandates: The Elephant in the Room

COVID-19 and its variants continue to disrupt the way we live, work and play. The population disagrees on whether to wear masks or be vaccinated, and businesses struggle to attract workers. At the same time, we all are trying to move toward a new definition of normal. Some clear guidance One of the most pressing … Read more

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