HR Tips

6 Mistakes to avoid when calculating overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their "regular rate of pay" for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek (some states require overtime pay in additional circumstances and at different rates). Miscalculating overtime can result ...

10 Strategies for Retaining Employees in Today’s Market

Replacing an employee can be especially costly and time consuming in today’s labor market and may even have an impact on how you run your business. For instance, some restaurants have reverted back to takeout-only because they’re unable to find enough staff to maintain full ...

10 Must-haves for an Employee Referral Program

Increased unemployment benefits and pent-up consumer demand are fueling excess job openings making it especially difficult for employers to fill open roles. Employee referral programs can be one of many effective recruiting options in today's labor market. An employee referral program encourages ...

Minimum wage increases for July 1: What you need to know

Many state and local minimum wage rates are scheduled to increase on July 1, 2021. Below is a summary of these changes and guidelines to help you comply with your minimum wage requirements. State minimum wage increases: This chart covers July 1, 2021 minimum wage increases for all applicable ...

COVID-19 Vaccination proof: What's allowed?

As more employers bring employees back to the workplace and navigate new CDC guidance on mask-wearing, they may have questions about whether they can ask about an employee or applicant's COVID-19 vaccination status. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about vaccination ...

Paid sick leave vs. vacation vs. PTO: What you need to know

More and more jurisdictions are passing laws requiring employers to provide paid leave to employees, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend. When new laws are enacted, employers often have questions about the impact on their existing policies. Here are answers to some ...

7 Ways your company culture can help you weather COVID-19 and future crises

Your company's culture—the shared values and beliefs that are reflected through policies, practices, and interactions—can be critical to attracting, motivating, and retaining employees. This can be especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic and when facing other challenges. Here ...

Hairstyle discrimination: What you need to know

Over the years, employees have filed complaints alleging their employers violated existing nondiscrimination laws by prohibiting them from wearing certain hairstyles. Courts have generally been split on whether restricting certain hairstyles violates laws prohibiting racial discrimination. In ...

Paid & unpaid leave: Who's eligible?

When an employee asks for time off, employers must determine whether the employee is eligible for a leave of absence under federal, state, or local law and/or the employer's own policy. Below are various factors to consider when making these determinations. #1: Are you considered a covered ...

6 HR compliance trends to watch in 2021

In 2020, federal, state, and local governments enacted numerous employment laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to responding to the pandemic, state and local jurisdictions also adopted a number of laws and regulations that affect the way employers hire, pay, treat, and provide ...

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