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Don’t Turn A Holiday Bonus Into A Lawsuit

Did you know that a well-intentioned holiday bonus can turn onto a wage compliance headache? The holidays are time to give hard-working employees a bonus. Monetary bonuses are a great way to express appreciation for contributions made by employees. Bonuses can boost employee morale and productivity. However, employers need to consider the implication of bonuses on the overtime rate and ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is especially relevant to employers who award holiday bonuses to their non-exempt employees. Unless a bonus meets the definition of a “discretionary” bonus, bonuses should be considered non-discretionary. As such, …

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Family Caregivers At Work

Over the summer, I rented a workspace in a CPA office. I was struck by the number of conversations among co-workers relative to the care of aging parents. Increasingly, family caregivers are not only taking care of children, they are also taking care of aging relatives. The numbers are striking. One in four workers are family caregivers. According to AARP, 42% of workers have provided care for an aging relative or friend in the past five years. About half of the workforce expects to be providing eldercare in the next five years. This means that most workplaces have employees who …

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Does Fairness Requires Equal Treatment?

Today, I am delighted to open my column to Mike Dugan. Mike is a fellow consultant who operates out of my region of coastal Virginia. He describes himself as an outsourced VP of Sales for small to medium size business with $ 1M to $ 25M in revenue. Thanks to 25 years of sales experience, Mike works with clients and builds their path to sales revenue growth. He also provides oversight of sales team. Mike is a veteran of the Navy where he served for 8 years. Here’s Mike’s take on a common question of management and leadership: Should we …

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Bullying At Work Is A Business Problem

I met Dr. Gary Namie Founder and President of the Workplace Bullying Institute at an Employment Law conference in 2013. I have to confess this was my first exposure to the concept of bullying at work. I knew of bullying in school. And like most managers I did not think bullying occurred in the workplace or that bullying was a significant problem. This was until I heard the confession of a fellow HR professional who shared her experience of being bullied at work. This was an eye-opener but I wasn’t convinced it was a pervasive problem until last year. Workplace …

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Revisiting Turnover Myths For Your Millennial Workforce

Millennial employees, those born between 1980 and 2000, have a bad reputation when it comes to loyalty to their employer. They have been called the “Job Hopping” generation. At any given time, 60% of millennials are open to a new job and 21% have changed jobs within the past year (Gallup 2016). Millennial turnover is estimated to cost $30.5 billion annually. You might have experienced it first hand in your organization. However, employee turnover isn’t something you have to accept. Let’s examine the misconceptions surrounding employee turnover and what can be done minimize with an emphasis on millennials. Myth 1: …

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Leadership Development That Sticks

The topic of leadership has always interested me. Since the early days of my career at Procter & Gamble, I have been struck by how many managers lack leadership skills. Despite substantial training efforts, a multi-billion leadership development industry, and more than 70 years of research, organizations are struggling to grow leadership skills. Few organizations have enough talented leaders in place to ensure succession. So what can we do to develop our leadership skills and the leadership skills of our organizations? Based on my background, I have a bias for experience. My most challenging assignments gave me the confidence that …

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Or Romance?

Do you know that office romance is at a 10-year low? CareerBuilder’s 2018 Valentine’s Day Survey reports that the number of workers dating a colleague is down from 41% last year to 36% this year. The advice “Don’t date your honey where you get your money” seems to catch the mood of the current workplace. On this Valentine’s Day, let’s examine the impact of high profile sexual harassment claims and the #MeToo movement on our place of work. Sharon Harrington is a fellow consultant from coastal Virginia. She investigates and mediates workplace conflicts. She has seen a heightened concern among …

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Winter Weather Creates Hazardous Pay Conditions

How employees get paid when business is disrupted depends on their classification. Pay decisions must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which establishes two categories of employees: exempt and non-exempt. Exemption status also drives eligibility for overtime. You may remember in 2016 the excitement (or dread) over a new salary level for white-collar exemption. At the 11th hour, this Obama regulation was held up in Court but it didn’t disappear. The Department of Labor (DOL) is likely to propose a new overtime rule by October 2018. The DOL is expected to raise the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions …

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Create the Blue-Collar Workforce Of The Future

The push to orient most high school students towards a 4-year college degree has created a problem for employers. The country lacks qualified blue-collar workers. The idea of qualification and blue-collar work used to be antinomic but it’s no longer the case. There are a lot of outdated ideas about blue-collar jobs and career. Successful blue-collar workers no longer mean unskilled workers. Construction, manufacturing, home health have become high-tech. Few understand the types of job opportunities they offer and the demand for those skills. Most employers face critical shortages of skilled labor and are willing to bridge the skill gap. …