February 6, 2018

Will Your Job Descriptions Shield You in a Potential Wage and Hour Audit?

Wage and hour laws and regulations are always a hot topic. Many employers spent a good part of 2016 ensuring compliance with the Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division’s proposed chang...

December 28, 2017

Question: We sent our head toymaker, Sil Verbells, to visit our partner site in the South Pole. Upon her return, Sil claimed she was sexually harassed in front of witnesses. How should we handle this situation?

Answer: Handle this investigation the same as you would a...

November 10, 2017

Don't HR Alone #58 - Holidays, HSAs, And Pregnancy

With the holidays coming up, I thought we could first briefly discuss whether holidays count towards the time used against the FMLA leave entitlement.

Well, it depends on the type of FMLA leave the employee is taking....

November 2, 2017

“Digital Open Enrollment and Covering Transgender Services”

With open enrollment season coming up, many employers are trying to reduce the amount of paper notices they distribute. There are health plan notices that are required under federal law, so employers need to be...

August 21, 2017

This Week’s Update,(Aug. 21, 2017)

Retirement plans. 

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a second set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the transition period for its fiduciary rule. The new guidance covers:

  • a “fiduciary status disclosure” issue und...

August 18, 2017


Is minimum wage calculated on hours worked or hours worked plus performance-based earnings, thus subject to change each pay period? For instance, a nonexempt employee is paid $320 for 40 hours worked with $60 added for performance goals, totaling $380. Which a...

August 17, 2017

Communicating Medical Conditions 

Question: I have an employee who recently told me she has a medical condition that is causing her to miss time from work. I don’t want the employee’s job to become jeopardized due to frequent absences, but I’m not sure how to convey her...

August 16, 2017

Employees Who Smoke 

Question: We have a couple of employees who smoke and have recently moved into an office next to someone who doesn't smoke and finds the odor unpleasant. What are best practices for handling a situation like this?  

Answer: A best practic...

August 11, 2017

Did Yahoo End a Telecommuting Trend in 2013?  

In early 2013, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer changed a policy that rocked the company’s happy nerd culture. She banned telecommuting, the popular practice that allowed employees to work from home or another remote location o...

August 4, 2017

That Stinks! EEOC Sues on Behalf of Employee Denied Relief from Workplace Smells

By Ellison F. McCoy on July 13, 2017

On July 12, 2017, the EEOC filed suit in the Middle District of North Carolina alleging that an employer violated the Americans with Disabiliti...

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