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March 27, 2019

“White Collar” Overtime Volley

The Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed rule to revise the overtime exemption for so called “White Collar” positions. These include executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer positions that will be required to earn $679 per week or $35,308 annualized and meet the duties and salary to be exempt from overtime. More than a million workers will be affected by this ruling. Public comment is invited at www.regulations.gov by May 21, 2019. The rule will take effect after publication of the Final Rule. Most companies lived through the recent history of the DOL’s Final Rule that was to […]
February 25, 2019

Disability Awareness Month – Settlements in the Millions

Employers must be aware that 41% of all lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in FY 2018 were Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suits. Failure to hire, failure to accommodate and attendance and leave policies resulted in settlements in the millions of dollars. The EEOC’s strategic enforcement plan is focused on eliminating barriers in recruitment and hiring that discriminate against protected classes as well as “inflexible” leave policies and systemic harassment. The EEOC is focusing on policies that exclude and screening tools that result in disparate impact on individuals of a protective class. These practices include online […]
January 26, 2019

The Bystander Effect

It is time for business to take a wide look at anti-harassment training.  There is evidence to support that training raises awareness of what harassment is and that it is prohibited.  One problem is most employees will not be self-aware enough to acknowledge they may be the harasser.  Helping employees become aware of the level of civility in their workplace and the harm of micro-aggressions may be time well spent. But getting employees to report an incident of harassment is the big job. Creating a safe and respectful workplace may open the path to reporting harassment. Research and popular culture […]
November 25, 2018

Know Me Warts and All

The term “employee engagement” is more than 30 years old. Employers are still trying to figure out how to improve engagement. Perhaps we missed the target because we didn’t pay attention to its definition. William A. Kahn who coined the term defined it as “simultaneous employment and expression of a person’s ‘preferred self’ (displaying real identity, thoughts and feelings) in task behaviors.” The more one can be oneself at work, the more likely the person will stay and be personally engaged in performing their job. Business being business is entrenched in rules, efficiency, and management by objectives to control and […]