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Minimum Wage Changes

Minimum Wage Change
Minimum Wage Changes It sounds great, and it is, but this will take time. It is not a pie in the sky. This increase in minimum wage will not be instant, nor the same amount in all areas of New York. Let's look at some facts so we can understand exactly what is happening and why. This rate is the lowest hourly pay that can be paid to an employee. It was created and is regulated by the Fair Labo...
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When Exempt Status Is a Status Symbol

Human Resources
When Exempt Status Is a Status Symbol Employees who will be transitioned from an exempt to non-exempt classification because of the new FLSA overtime rules may resent the change in classification. They may feel that tracking time is beneath them, that they’re being micromanaged, that their position has less prestige, or that their work has less value. All of this is understandable; being exempt h...
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Strategic Management of Vacation Requests

Strategic Management of Vacation Requests You want to support employees by providing the opportunity for work/life harmony, but you also have customers to service and a business to run. Sometimes it is difficult to juggle multiple vacation requests around popular vacation times, especially during the summer months and other holiday times throughout the year. Below we have provided a few tips,...
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Five Hot HR Topics in 2016

The new year tends to bring new HR trends and topics to the forefront. In this article, we’ll look at five topics we expect to dominate HR-related conversations in 2016: health care reform, marijuana in the workplace, proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, minimum wage increases, and paid sick leave trends. Health Care Reform Reporting for the Employer Mandate begins this year. ...
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What Are the FLSA White Collar Exemptions?

With all the talk about the new white collar overtime exemptions, you may be wondering what these exemptions are and whether they apply to your organization. In a nutshell, they pertain to whether certain employees must be paid overtime rates for hours worked over 40 in a week. While most employees must be paid at least minimum wage and time-and-a-half for overtime, some employees can be class...
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Terminating a Well-Liked Employee

Eight years ago you hired an extremely talented, energetic individual who quickly became a source of enthusiasm and expertise in your workplace. A friend to everyone, this star employee excelled in their work, acing every performance review. Until recently. About six months ago, this individual developed a snooty attitude with management. Regular absences and tardiness soon followed. Projec...
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Are You Having Restaurant Wage and Hour Problems?

The following is another great piece written by our good friend Allan H. Krystal. Alan is a terrific resource for small business owners. Please visit his website at www.alankrystallaw.com Are You Having Restaurant Wage and Hour Problems? {2:03 minutes to read} A key issue facing restaurant owners is avoiding wage and hour problems, especially when it comes to tips. A tip is defined as a volunt...
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How’s your company’s vision?

How’s your company’s vision? Can you see what’s coming for employee health care reporting?  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is burdensome and complex with changes to many different laws or sections of our tax code.   With nearly 100 provisions since its enactment, it seems to continually impact employer responsibilities and reporting. Determining if your company is an applicable large employer...
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Can you prove your ACA compliance?

Can you prove your ACA compliance? The Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandates and deadlines are putting plenty of fear, worry and doubt into those who must comply with reporting requirements.  Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) should be especially aware of their ACA obligations to employees and the IRS. Enforcement Since the ACA became a law, the IRS has managed over 40 provisions re...
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FLSA lawsuits are on the rise

FLSA lawsuits are on the rise Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits numbered over 7,000 in 2012 alone.  Companies such as Walmart, Staples, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase, Oracle, CVS, Tyson Foods, Lowe’s and AT&T have been subject to significant FLSA penalties. FLSA lawsuits don’t target specific types of companies; every company could be faced with this challenge and the en...
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