Monthly Archives: March 2010

FORM OF THE MONTH:

RETENTION PROGRAM POSSIBILITIES SPREADSHEET (PDF) Use the time-tested marketing formula: Cost, ease, and impact to ask yourself, “What’s the cost of this item, how easy is it to implement, and what’s the bottom line impact?” HR That Works Members can also access this document in Word format by logging on to the site

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF THE DOL

The Department of Labor has done a good job of improving its Web site. Here are the top questions employees are asking the DOL. Make sure you know how to answer them! What is the current status of COBRA premium reductions under ARRA? When is overtime due? When must breaks and meal periods be given?… Read more »

THE EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT – DEAD OR ALIVE?

Although many employers might believe that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is dead, it isn’t. As with many other legislative initiatives, Congress pushed EFCA aside to focus on two other major pieces of legislation: Health care reform and cap-and-trade. Although EFCA appears headed for some compromise, it remains organized labor’s top legislative priority and… Read more »

TOP TIP

Companies that impose automatic time deductions for meal breaks risk exposure to class-wide liability under the FLSA if they end up shorting nonexempt employees for hours worked due to interrupted or skipped lunch breaks. A recent spate of lawsuits against healthcare employers for alleged failure to pay wages due to such policies demonstrates this. Companies… Read more »

WORKING “ON” HR

Companies nationwide are struggling to survive. One of the greatest mistakes they make while in this mode is to stop working “on”� their business and think that the only answer is to work harder “in”� it. This is a classic entrepreneurial error. Just ask Michael Gerber, author of “The eMyth.”� The competition is intense today… Read more »

THE 1099 TIME BOMB

We’ve been advising HR That Works Members to get their independent contractor act together. This is an exploding risk exposure driven in large part by the need of federal and state agencies to make sure that they collect all their taxes. The IRS estimates that the 1099 misclassification problem, due primarily to poor controls, has… Read more »

GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR MOTIVATIONAL BUCK

Much of what I share with HR That Works Members comes from my study of marketing. Take any marketing book, replace the words “client� or customer,”� with “employee”� and you’ll learn a lot about improving the HR function. Consider the time-tested marketing formula: Cost, ease, and impact (which you’ll find in the Form of the… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: KEEPING YOUR EMPLOYEES MOTIVATED

During my recent workshops, a number of employers have asked me, “How do I keep my folks motivated?” What they really mean is “How do I keep them focused on growing the bottom line?” I remind them of two things: (1) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and (2) the formula for using our motivational dollars effectively…. Read more »