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The death of an employee is an upsetting and traumatic occurrence. It is also very likely to be unexpected. Thus, it is preferable to have a basic framework in mind for dealing with such an occurrence before it happens. This post is intended to give you an overview of three of the many important considerations…

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How to Avoid Missteps When an Employee Goes Through a Divorce

Employers must walk a tightrope between being professional but compassionate with employees going through a divorce, while remaining in compliance with employment and benefits laws. Sometimes employees going through a divorce falter and must be counseled on poor performance. Other times, they may need someone at work to simply listen as they talk about what…

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New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cut-Off to $35,568

Employees who make less than $35,568 are now eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued today by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new rate will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. To be exempt from overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees must be paid a salary of at least the threshold amount and meet…

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Employee Burnout: A Workplace Safety Hazard?

Employee burnout is now an officially diagnosable condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently updated its definition, employee burnout is not a medical condition. Instead, the WHO calls burnout an “occupational phenomenon.” Here’s how the organization is defining it: Burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully…

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The Extramarital Affair at Work

Do you handle it differently from any other workplace romance? Gossiping. Backstabbing. Falling morale. Fading respect for leaders. What workplace event could cause all these things? An extramarital affair. Nearly one-quarter of workers who reported a workplace romance said their affair involved a person who was married at the time, according to the results of a…

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Deadline of September 30, 2019 Proposed for EEO-1 Comp Data

Start gathering that comp data, if you haven’t already. I have written before about the court order directing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to require employers to submit compensation data with their annual EEO-1 reports. The order came about in a lawsuit filed against the federal Office of Management and Budget and the EEOC by…

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Cell Phone Distractions in the Workplace

We’ve all seen the driver behind the wheel talking on his cell phone and weaving across lanes, making turns without signals, and all sorts of other dangerous maneuvers. One cannot talk on one’s cell phone and hope to really concentrate on other tasks. But what about the employee in the workplace who always appears to…

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How Would You Feel If Your Co-Worker Had a Violent Criminal Record?

Most say they’re more comfortable with those convicted of nonviolent crimes Most respondents to a recent survey said they’d feel comfortable working with or buying goods or services from employees who have nonviolent criminal records. But that sentiment changes drastically if fellow employees have violent criminal records, according to survey results released April 1 by…

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Tips For Drafting Job Descriptions for Exempt Employees

Each year, droves of employers are hauled into court to defend lawsuits in which salaried-exempt employees claim that, because of their job duties, they should have been classified as non-exempt and paid overtime. While a written job description alone cannot defeat such a claim, it will nearly always be one of the primary exhibits in…

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EEOC Announces Extension of EEO-1 Opening, Filing Deadlines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will extend the deadline for filing 2018 EEO-1 reports from March 31, 2019 to May 31, 2019. The survey, which usually opens in early January, will now open in early March of this year. This one-time extension was occasioned by the recent partial shutdown…

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