Category Archives: Best HR Practices

May 22, 2017  |   By Jay Musselwhite →

When an Employee Suffers a Loss: Is Bereavement Leave Required?

In March 2017, bills were introduced to the House and Senate that would include the death of a child as a qualifying event under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Parents who are eligible employees who work for qualified employers could take up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave to mourn the loss of a child. In the meantime, there are few if any     Continue reading

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Nov 9, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

Capturing Pay Data: Are You Ready for the New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements?

For employers who are required to file an annual EEO-1 report, beginning in March 2018, the EEOC will also require those employers to report various types of pay data on their employees. The new rule changes the scope of the data that must be reported, the timing of the data collection, and the reporting deadline. Who is Affected? Private employers with 100 or more employees     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Document Retention, Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, General Business, Hiring and On-boarding, Labor Relations, Wage Payment, Worker Classification   |  

Feb 24, 2016  |   By Porschia Parker →

Are Tomorrow’s Leaders Ready Today? Three Things You Need to Know

What do you see as you look around a typical office?   Once you get past the coffee cups, computer monitors, and creatively designed (or not so creatively designed) desks, it’s about the people.   Diversity in the workplace has increased substantially within the last 10-15 years. There is a wealth of information out there about diversity driving business growth, economic performance, and innovation.   Differences in the     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, General Business, Guest Writers, Uncategorized   |  

Oct 26, 2015  |   By Todd Stanton →

Update: New Rules on Unpaid Interns

The work is piling up and you could really use an extra pair of hands around the office. But you’re managing labor costs. Even though the economy has improved, it’s a competitive world out there. We’re all doing more with less. An unpaid intern seems to be the answer. Talk about the best of all worlds:  your company benefits from an eager student ready to     Continue reading

Posted in At Will Employment, Best HR Practices, Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, Interships, Minimum Wage, Wage Payment, Worker Classification   |  

May 18, 2015  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Update: What Recent NLRB Activity Means for Employee Handbooks and Policies

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has recently released decisions and guidance with potentially significant implications for employee handbooks. These new developments are of mixed weight, and some we expect may eventually be more critical to incorporate than others. Regular review of your handbook by an employment attorney helps ensure that your company is up to date on these and other legal changes. This update     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Featured, Labor Relations, Respectful Workplace, Social Media, Uncategorized   |  

Apr 7, 2015  |   By Clancy Mendoza →

Employee Benefits Are Tricky Business: Are you as compliant as you think you are?

Employers offering employee benefits to their employees are required to meet virtually innumerable legal requirements under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act (“ERISA”), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the Internal Revenue Code, as well as dozens of other federal and state laws related to benefits.  These requirements fall into three categories of compliance: Document Requirements Operational/Administrative Requirements Coverage Requirements Most employers     Continue reading

Posted in Benefits and Benefits Administration, Best HR Practices, Document Retention, Featured, Uncategorized   |  

May 7, 2014  |   By Felicia Crawford-Smith →

3 Things Employers Should Do After an Employee is Arrested for a DUI

Last week I received a rather unusual call from a good friend who is a VP of HR at a well-known company outside of Atlanta.  It seems that Sheryl (not her real name) had been the recipient of an email from an employee in another department.  This employee’s email contained info on someone else at the company- who had been arrested for a DUI.  Sheryl     Continue reading

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, At Will Employment, Best HR Practices, Employee Performance Management, Featured, Guest Writers   |  

Mar 17, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

President Obama Targets “White Collar” Exemptions in Bid to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage

Last Thursday, President Obama announced his directive to the Department of Labor to begin the process of revising federal regulations to expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act. He specifically targeted the “white collar” exemptions from overtime, including the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. Currently, employers paying certain employees performing certain types of duties a weekly salary of $455     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Fair Labor Standards Act, Featured, Hiring and On-boarding, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Wage Payment, Worker Classification   |  

Nov 4, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Automatic Gratuities: New IRS Guidance Goes Into Effect January 2014

Beginning January 2014, the IRS will begin enforcing guidance it published in a June 2012 ruling classifying automatic gratuities on restaurant checks as service charges and not tips. Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties or in the event of special promotions or discounts (Groupon or Scoutmob deals, for example) to ensure that servers get fair tips. Because automatic gratuities remove the     Continue reading

Posted in Best HR Practices, Fair Labor Standards Act, Minimum Wage, Overtime, Wage Payment   |  

Oct 21, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

“Derailers” and Employment Liability: Or, How to Get Out of the Way Before the Train Jumps its Tracks

Much of our advice to clients flows from observing two principles of human behavior, the first being: Angry people sue. Appreciating Principle #1 often helps employers navigate turmoil (or near-turmoil) with existing employees. Having patience and taking extra steps to manage employee expectations can sometimes avert or downgrade a brewing conflict, and proactively maintaining a positive workplace often prevents conflict all together. Yet no matter     Continue reading

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