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U.S. Department of Labor Releases New Proposal for Rule On Overtime

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on March 7, 2019 a new proposed rule that could potentially make more than a million American workers eligible for overtime. The DOL’s proposed rule seeks to raise the annual minimum salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions from the current level of […]

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Downsizing? How to Salvage Your Company’s Morale During & After Layoffs

Most managers will tell you that one of the most difficult tasks they have to do is to layoff employees when the company is reorganizing or downsizing.  Layoffs are often the result of positions being eliminated merely to reduce costs.  The truth is that there is no easy way for a manger to deliver the […]

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Heads Up New York! Here are the 2019 Minimum Wage and Overtime Salary Threshold Increases

The New York State Budget provides that the minimum wage rates and overtime salary thresholds will increase under a phased-in schedule based on the employer’s location in the state.  Unlike most other states, New York has one of the most complicated minimum wage rate structures.  Not only does New York set a minimum wage rate, […]

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Exploring Absenteeism in the Workplace: How to Manage Employee PTO Abuse

Do you find that around the holidays and during the summer your employees are missing-in-action on a more frequent basis?  If you answered yes, you are in the majority of employers. Unscheduled absenteeism rates have risen to unprecedented levels since 1999.  Excess employee tardiness, unscheduled absenteeism, and paid time off (PTO) create a costly problem […]

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How To Avoid The Top 10 FLMA Mistakes Employers Make

Navigating the maze of legal requirements applicable to employee leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can be a daunting task for employers.  To make matters worse, the law is full of traps that can easily ambush employers that let their guard down.  So to help employers avoid costly missteps, we decided to look […]

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Risky Business! Rescinding a Job Offer

It is common for circumstances to arise requiring an employer to rescind a job offer.  Even after seeking out the most qualified candidate for a position and making an offer, there are a variety of reasons the offer might need to be retracted.  For example, the corporate health of the company is poor and the […]

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Cross-Training Employees: Your Best Defense

Running a business is predictably unpredictable regardless of the industry. The temporary absence of an employee from work due to vacation leave, sickness, family emergency or leave can result in loss of revenue, decreased productivity, and strained customer relations. The leave provided by, for example, New York’s newly enacted Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“PFLBL”) […]

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Company Culture: Your Strongest Asset or Biggest Liability?

No longer can company culture be thought of as a trendy catchphrase or as a workplace with nap pods, Nerf guns, and employees riding Segways up and down the hallways. This soft concept has hard results in terms of employee retention, productivity, a company’s reputation, and overall success. Whether by default or design, culture exists […]

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Out of Sight Shouldn’t Mean Out of Mind: How to Effectively Manage Remote Employees

With the abundance of technology that is available to employers, it has become easier and more common for companies to employ people outside of the office.  Employers must manage, motivate, and retain both on-site and remote employees.  A common misconception about managing remote employees is that it requires an entirely different skill set.  While managing […]

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Republican-Led NLRB Likely to Change Obama-Era Policies

For the first time in years the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is back under Republican control with the swearing in of William Emanuel on September 26, 2017.  With a Republican majority, we will likely see sweeping change in NLRB decisions and policy over the next few years.  The new majority will be able to […]

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