Monthly Archives: August 2008

WHAT HR EXECUTIVES ARE READING

Twice a year SHRM puts out its bookstore catalog. The subject matter relates to benefits, hiring, retention, team work, motivation, employee relations, global HR, health and safety, wellness, diversity, compliance, and so on. There are articles on HR competencies, HR strategies, HR benchmarks, HR scorecards, and other forms of measurement. We could go on, but… Read more »

DOL ISSUES OPINION LETTER ON HOURS WORKED UNDER FLSA

A recent opinion letter from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) addressed the issues of missed meal breaks, overtime, and rounding off time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In responding to an employer’s questions about its break and meal policy, the DOL offered these guidelines: No additional compensation is due if an employee… Read more »

EEOC COMPLAINTS SPIKE

According to a recent article in Lawyers USA, discrimination charges filed with the EEOC increased 9% during the past year. The commission reviewed more than 4,000 retaliation charges seen by the EEOC in 2007, an increase of 18%. Race is the most popular complaint filed, with retaliation being the second. Race, age, disability, and pregnancy… Read more »

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A GREAT HR CAREER?

Last month we asked “What do you really want from HR”? This month we examine a recent SHRM survey that generated the report, “2008 Managing Your HR Career Survey.” The key findings should come as no surprise: The most important factor in HR success is the ability to communicate. The HR executive is often viewed… Read more »

RETURN TO WORK AND THE ADA

Under many Workers Comp systems, once an employee has reached a light duty, permanent, and stationary phase, the employer will often have the opportunity to provide them with modified work, alternative work, or ultimately, vocational rehabilitation. Many employers will gloss over the concurrent obligation to engage in a good faith interactive process with the employee… Read more »

ARE YOUR PURCHASING AGENTS EXEMPT EMPLOYEES?

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued an opinion letter on the exempt status of a purchasing agent and whether they qualify for the administrative exemption under the FLSA. The letter held that these employees are, in fact, exempt. Remember, in order to be an exempt, an administrative employee must be paid at least $455… Read more »

TAKE FMLA MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS SERIOUSLY

Human resource executives feel that many employees abuse FMLA leave. As with many types of absences, the facts or excuses provided defy logic. Employees will seek FMLA leave for concerns far from “serious.” Hangovers, colds, and sore backs don’t count. The healthcare provider is often lackadaisical about any medical certification and will simply ask an… Read more »

KNOW YOUR WORKFORCE: THE KEY TO IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE

Effective worksite enforcement plays an important role in the fight against illegal immigration and in protecting our homeland. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has developed a comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that promotes national security, protects critical infrastructure, and ensures fair labor standards. To learn more read the advisory on the ICE Web site.

EDITOR’S COLUMN: WHY SHOULD I WORK FOR YOU?

I’m a big fan of audio learning programs. I recently listened to an interview with Vic Conant of Nightingale-Conant talking about the shift in their program sales. In the 80s and 90s, program sales were dominated by corporate names like Tom Peters and Warren Bennis. Since the early 2000s, there’s been a significant shift to… Read more »