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Human Resources

New Overtime Rule Raises Salary Cutoff to $35,568

11/13/2019 1:16 PM

Kate Shieldt thumbnailEffective January 1, 2020, a final rule from the US Department of Labor (DOL) amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive employeesadministrative employeesprofessional employeescomputer employees and outside salespersons as ...

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8 potential ugly scenarios for companies without employee handbooks

10/14/2019 11:13 AM

Handbook imagesCompanies I work with often ask themselves, "Why should I have an employee handbook?" When I hear this, I know they are looking at the handbook as a potential enemy. "It will confine me in my decisions because if we have one, then we must follow it," they say. Or they say, "We haven't had a problem yet." Another enemy scenario is that they decide to develop a handbook, but then don't follow it or they just stash it away in a drawer ... 

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Why apprenticeship is becoming a smart choice for many

9/26/2019 1:39 PM

Many economists, employers and academics tell us that our post-secondary education system is churning out too many four-year graduates. For decades, many parents, teachers and school counselors have been stuck in the mindset that the four-year college is the best pathway for high school graduates to initiate a successful career. Many in our society think of it as the only smart choice, while students have been traditionally made to feel “less-than” by peers, teachers and others, if they choose an apprenticeship in the skilled trades ....

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Recognizing the skilled trades on Labor Day

9/2/2019 8:00 AM

This Labor Day, we continue the decades-long tradition of honoring the American worker, and especially those in the skilled trades. At Associated Builders and Contractors, a national trade association with more than 21,000 members, we know that our skilled workers are our most valuable asset—the individuals who build where we live, learn, work, heal and play. And as an industry with an earn-while-you-learn education model, we provide a pathway for our workers to constantly hone their skills, advance their careers and achieve the American Dream ...

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NLRB's prime healthcare decision: Time to cure ailing mandatory arbitration agreements

8/28/2019 1:55 PM

Symes photoIn June, the Republican-controlled National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) issued an employer-unfriendly decision concerning the acceptable scope of pre-dispute mandatory arbitration agreements between employers and employees. The case is Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, LLC, 368 NLRB No. 10 (June 18, 2019) ...

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How to avoid a bad driver's impact on your fleet's auto insurance

7/2/2019 9:57 AM
Despite record low unemployment, you finally hired one – a diamond in the ruff. After a 16-hour shift on-the-road, his only question at the end of the day was, “What’s next?” Things are going so smoothly, but then a call from your insurance agent, “The insurance company is hammering me. That new driver you hired has a DUI. They’re asking you to put him in a non-driving capacity or they're going to reevaluate your insurance program.” Thankfully, for commercial insureds, there are solutions to the problem – prevention and alternative insurance options. Read the rest of entry »

Final rule expands options for HRAs

6/21/2019 9:08 AM
The U.S. departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury issued a final rule on June 13 that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). The rule is effective for plan years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2020. This final rule was issued in response to a 2017 executive order directing federal agencies to expand access to HRAs.  Under the current regulations, HRAs cannot reimburse employees for the cost of individual health coverage. Read the rest of entry »

Youth Apprenticeship: Making a historic link into adult apprenticeship

6/13/2019 9:55 AM
Youth apprenticeship has been providing career exploration and pathway opportunities to high school students for more than 25 years. It can be a big advantage for students who have an idea of what they want to do but aren’t sure if a particular career area is right for them. It also provides employers with a new resource for talent. Youth apprenticeship has been around for years in other industry sectors, such as auto and manufacturing, which have seen significant success with it. It was approved for construction four years ago and is beginning to gain significant momentum in Wisconsin. Read the rest of entry »

Targeting the "independent contractor"

5/17/2019 8:08 AM
Drywall photoAdvances in technology have resulted in one in five jobs in America now being some form of non-traditional worker-company relationship, like independent contractor. Independent contractor work is appealing for both the worker and the company. The contractor has the benefit of setting prices, work hours, type of work, and completion schedule. Misclassification occurs when an employer incorrectly defines a worker as an independent contractor rather than as an employee. Oftentimes, misclassification is an honest mistake by an employer, but there is a perception among some elected officials and union officers that employers misclassify their workers to evade the laws that protect employees and ... Read the rest of entry »

DOL issues long-awaited overtime proposal

3/14/2019 10:47 AM
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a long-awaited proposal on March 7 to update and revise the “white collar” overtime exemption regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which DOL estimates will make more than one million new workers eligible for overtime pay.  DOL is proposing to raise the current minimum salary for overtime exemption from $455 per week ($23,660 annualized) to $679 per week ($35,308 annualized). Additionally, the proposal increases the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” to $147,414 per year. Read the rest of entry »
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