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Concerns Over Overtime President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he would direct the Department of Labor to increase overtime protections for the nation's workers may be only the start of efforts by his administration to make substantial changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act -- and the ensuing publicity will mean employers can expect even more scrutiny on these matters from their employees. Read More

Can We Define "Full Time" to Mean Something Less Than 40 Hours Per Week? Question: Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), do we have to define “full time” to mean 40 hours per week, or is that left to employers’ discretion? Can we maintain a 40-hour standard for wage and hour purposes, but have a lower threshold for certain benefits, like paid time off accrual or supplementary health care coverage? Click to get the answer

Employers Shouldn't Strike Out On Leave For New Dads The recent controversy over a New York Mets player missing two games because of the birth of his first child shows that there's still antipathy toward men taking childbirth-related time off, but lawyers warn that employers who limit male workers' efforts to use parental leave may be stepping into a legal minefield. Read More

Between Empathy and Burnout A new study from Michigan State University shows that bosses who invest energy into monitoring the fairness of workplace decisions can wind up emotionally and mentally drained. At the same time, a Lee Hecht Harrison survey released this month found that empathy is lacking among many supervisors. Read More
9 Ways To Deal With Difficult Employees Nearly every manager I’ve ever consulted to or coached has told me about having at least one employee who’s not so great.  I’ve come to think of it as an almost inevitable part of the manager’s professional landscape: there’s generally that one (or more) employee who doesn’t perform well, or is difficult to deal with, or has a hard time getting along with others, or means well but just doesn’t ever quite do what’s expected. Read More
Ask the Experts Question:  If an employee goes out on FMLA for 12 weeks, when is he eligible for another 12 weeks of FMLA? Click to get the answer

Expired Work Visas and COBRA Question: Can an employee whose work visa has expired and can no longer be employed in the country be entitled to COBRA coverage? Click to get the answer

Terminations via Conference Call Question: What is the protocol for terminations done in any other way rather than face-to-face, if the employee is out of the office and the supervisor is on vacation? Click to get the answer

Compensation Cut and Paid Vacation Question: Our company recently cut an employee’s compensation by 20%. Prior to the cut the employee had received 3 weeks’ vacation time and had carried over 2 weeks from the prior year. The employee will now receive compensation when on vacation at the 20% cut in pay. Is this permissible or should the vacation time be paid at the old higher rate? Click to get the answer

Relocation Assistance for New Hires Question: What are the types of issues an employer should consider when determining relocation assistance for new hires? Click to get the answer
Counting Missed Work Time for FMLA Question: How would an employer count missed time for an employee on FMLA when they have a non-traditional work schedule: 7 days on/7 days off. Would it be 12 weeks worked, or 60 work days? Click to get the answer

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