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How to Manage Civil Unrest and Protests at Work

Posted by Chris Fields

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The global workforce today is the most diverse and blended in the history of humankind. We have Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, and now iGen all working and living together. Simultaneously, we are more vocal and outspoken than ever before as well. It’s an incredible challenge for human resource departments to manage the various personalities, morals, and beliefs evenly and fairly. If you turn on the news, you will see that protests are happening more frequently all over the county–and the world, for that matter. I believe a huge part of this comes from social media, because social media shines a light on areas where there was darkness. It also gives a microphone to those who would otherwise not have one, and subsequently, [...]
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5 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Motivate Employees

Posted by Eric Friedman

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Keeping employees happy, engaged, and motivated should be a priority for every employer. According to a recent SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement survey, only 69 percent of employees consistently put all of their effort into work. This means companies have to find ways to keep employees motivated. Motivated employees work harder, give better results, and are more productive. They’re also more likely to refer their company to others, bringing more talent into your hiring pool. Here are five unique ways to motivate your employees: 1. Give them purpose. The term “company culture” gets thrown around a lot these days, but it hits at the crux of motivating employees to work for a purpose. It’s difficult to measure com [...]
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How to Hire Team Leaders

Posted by Kelly Painter

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In today's business environment, one of the biggest recruitment challenges is hiring team leaders. In the last few years, organizational hierarchies have shifted in response to new business pressures. Teams, rather than departments or other business functions, have become the new fuel cells powering innovation and productivity. Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report notes that over 80% of respondents are either currently restructuring their organization or have already done so. Rigid hierarchies are being decentralized and replaced with smaller, nimbler teams designed to solve specific business challenges and to keep pace with unpredictable global markets. But a team—no matter how cooperative and self-reliant—stil [...]
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New Proposed FLSA Regulations: Implications for Employers [Part 2]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

As promised, this article will cover ways companies can meet the requirements of the proposed new FLSA regulations. We also recommend reading the previous article, where we discussed the current law and the new changes. Future Action Now is a good time to review whether people at your organization who have been classified as exempt are really exempt. Too many employers make the mistake of improperly classifying employees as exempt solely because they pay them a salary. Salary is a method of wage payment, not a classification of overtime eligibility. Many companies have classified employees as non-exempt but pay them a salary. Non-exempt employees don't have to be exclusively hourly workers. An employee who is going to make the $47,47 [...]
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New Proposed FLSA Regulations: Implications for Employers [Part 1]

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

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On May 18, 2016 the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor released the final regulations for the revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. These changes were published in the Federal Register and will be effective December 1, 2016. The Changes These final regulations revised the minimum salary that must be paid to currently exempt employees in order for them to meet the first step for being considered "exempt" from overtime pay. To understand what was changed in context, let me refresh your memory on the previous standards. The Current Law Presently, the salary level for an employee to be considered exempt from overtime pay is $455 per week or $23,660 per year. Obviously, this value is very low; in fact, it i [...]
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What HR Needs to Know about Immigration

Posted by Michael D. Haberman

If you pick up a newspaper, listen to any news show, or scan the internet, you will likely come across something about immigration. Some hopeful immigrants strive to enter legally by conforming to regulations about appropriate visas. Others who may not have resources like time or money try to find illegal entry. Human resources must cope with the laws, regulations, paperwork, and lawsuits that result from both processes. History of immigration in the U.S. Understandably, immigration law has a long and varied history. Since 1842, the government has implemented exclusions of certain "undesirable" groups (as we see expressed with Syrians today). Between 1885 and 1924, the list of exclusions grew larger and included people with physical or [...]
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Life Without HR? No Thank You!

Posted by Chris Fields

Can you imagine a life without Human Resources? I was asked to think about that recently and I realized that, oddly enough, it wasn't too long ago that we had a world without HR. The Stone-Age HR World A world without HR looks something like the television series "Madmen," starring John Hamm. It's set in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, pre-human resources as we know it today. It's centered around an advertising agency in New York run by a bunch of…well, men. Whenever I watch the show I am baffled at the things they were able to do in the workplace, like drink whiskey, scotch, and bourbon, and smoke cigarettes. Women in the boardroom were unheard of, unless they were taking notes or serving food and drinks. Instead of an HR Department, the [...]
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HR Challenge: 3 Tips for Avoiding Employment Law Issues

Posted by Kelly Painter

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Although workforce law may be a complex and rapidly evolving topic, no HR professional can afford to ignore it. According to 2015 research from specialty insurer Hiscox, nearly 12% of small and medium businesses based in the US will find themselves on the wrong side of labor laws. Also, tougher labor laws in certain states make it 66% more likely that a business will need to settle the matter in court. For smaller businesses especially, employment legislation issues can be financially devastating. For companies with 500 employees or fewer, the median judgment is approximately $200,000 for lawsuits that reach the courts. Here are three ways to ensure you're creating HR practices that reflect employment rights legislation and protect [...]
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