Compensation & Benefits

How Do You Handle Employees With a Super Bowl Hangover Today?

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By Eric B. Meyer Carolina Panthers. Denver Broncos. Meh. Doritos won the Super Bowl, am I right? But, for the 10 percent of your workforce that may be missing work today because of a Super Bowl “hangover,” you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get their opinions on the Super Bowl commercials. Handling those who…

Can You Forbid an Employee From Job Hunting While on FMLA Leave?

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By Eric B. Meyer Last Monday, one of my favorite HR bloggers, Suzanne Lucas, aka The Evil HR Lady, addressed a reader question about whether a company can legally prohibit an employee from seeking other employment while on leave covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As part of her post, Her Evilness…

Super Bowl Hangover: 10% of U.S. Workforce May Miss Work on Monday

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Some people will take any good reason to miss work. And, recovering from the Super Bowl is probably just as good a reason as any. According to a new survey commissioned in January by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by the Harris Poll, “an estimated 16.5 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day…

Proposed Rule Would Require Employers to Report Pay Based on Gender and Race

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By Richard Meneghello and Sarah Moore The Obama Adminstration announced Friday its intent to gather additional pay information from larger employers, forcing all businesses with over 100 workers to provide detailed information about their pay practices in an effort to address gender discrimination. If the President’s plan moves forward as expected, employers will be…

See No Overtime, Hear No Overtime, Pay No Overtime

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By Eric B. Meyer Like many other employers, you’ve got a handbook policy that says that non-exempt employees cannot work overtime unless they obtain prior approval from a manager or supervisor. If, without prior approval from a manager or supervisor, a non-exempt employee works overtime and reports those hours to you, the Fair…

New OFCCP Pay Transparency Rules In Effect

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The nascent trend toward pay transparency has a friend in the U.S. government, which now prohibits its contractors from discriminating against or punishing employees or job applicants for discussing or disclosing their pay. The OFCCP last week began enforcing Executive Order 13665, which was issued by President Obama in 2014. The intent is to…

Yes, This Is the Year You Need to Worry About Wage and Hour Lawsuits

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By Eric B. Meyer Unfortunately, I did not win last night’s Powerball jackpot. Thus, today, you get a substantive post about employment law, rather than a terse, “Thanks for reading, suckers!” send off. Oh, but you’re still my suckers. I say that with peace and love. But, here’s something to think about: Workplace class…

Should Handling Employee Benefits Be Handled by HR?

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I have been having a debate with myself. It’s becoming both annoying and non-productive. So I thought I would invite you all into the dialogue. As I speak and write about how HR can become a business accelerator, one of the biggest obstacles is time. HR has such a full plate, that we…

Study Finds a $550 Incentive Doesn’t Motivate Workers to Lose Weight

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By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News Promising workers lower health insurance premiums for losing weight did nothing to help them take off the pounds, a recent study found. At the end of a year, obese workers had lost less than 1.5 pounds on average, statistically no different than the minute average gain of a…

What Workforce Changes Will Shape Your Business in 2016?

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If there’s one constant in every business, it’s change. And as we head into 2016, now is the time for HR and talent management leaders to assess how they can attract and retain top performing employees next year – and hone their strategies despite a competitive job market, limited compensation budgets, and an…