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New Salary Floor Has Big Organizational Implications

Posted by on May 23, 2016

Most all of the news reporting on the new exempt salary floor taking effect on December 1 has focused on the financials.  The new floor will be $47,476.  The Department of Labor estimates that 4.2 million more workers will be eligible for overtime pay triggering transfers from employers in excess of $240M per year.  Set aside the logic that eligibility for overtime equals the assurance of overtime; it does not. The organizational implications of the new floor will likely be more impactful...

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NLRB Stretches Concerted Activity to New and Dangerous Level

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015

NLRB Stretches Concerted Activity to New and Dangerous Level

   We have all heard this one before in a break room, outside in a parking lot, at a bar after work:  Employee A laments “My boss has really been on my back.  She’s blamed me for things that went wrong that really were not my fault.  I’m pretty sure she is going to fire me soon.”  Employee B says “Well, all you can do is your best.  You may be over-reacting a bit.”  These conversations happen everyday in tens of thousands of workplaces across the...

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NLRB Upends the Franchise World

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014

NLRB Upends the Franchise World

    Here’s a quick quiz for HR professionals: Company A solely defines all terms and conditions of employment for all of its associates.  It further solely determines the price of all of its products and determines its hours of operation.  Finally, it is solely responsible for complying with all laws in the jurisdiction in which it operates. Company B has an agreement with Company A to provide most all marketing services as well as product to be sold by Company A in return for fixed fees,...

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Does Emotional Intelligence Have Practical Limits?

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

Does Emotional Intelligence Have Practical Limits?

    Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Peter Salovey and John Mayer have been the most recent leading researchers on emotional intelligence. In their influential article “Emotional Intelligence,” they identified four different factors of EQ: Perceiving Emotions: The first step in understanding emotions is to accurately perceive them. In many cases, this might involve understanding nonverbal signals such as body...

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Is “It Depends” Really a Soft Answer?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

Is “It Depends” Really a Soft Answer?

       HR professionals are widely known for answering “it depends” in response to a question from management regarding a human resources issue.  And often times the response frustrates the manager who expects equivocation.  Is this fair?  Well, it depends (just kidding)! Scott Schaefer of the University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business and co-author of Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business Owners says “no.”  Writing for this...

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Four Myths Regarding the Hobby Lobby Case

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014

Four Myths Regarding the Hobby Lobby Case

    Not sure what to make of the Hobby Lobby Case?  Join the crowd.  We have been inundated in the past weeks with interpretations of the decision.  Here are just a few: Nancy Pelosi – “…five men could get down to specifics of whether a woman should use a diaphragm and she should pay for it herself or her boss.” NBC News – “Employers Do Not Have To Cover Birth Control” Josh Earnest (White House Press Secretary) – “Today’s decision jeopardizes the health...

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