Archive for December, 2020

FMLA: Compliance and Education

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees access to up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave. Employees can use this leave in cases of serious health conditions for themselves, their spouse or children, adoption/foster care placement, the birth of a child, or for any qualifying exigency that could arise out of a child, spouse, or parent’s active-duty military service. While you may generally understand what FMLA is and how employees can use it, the key to successful compliance is in the education you provide to our employees and how the policy is implemented to ensure FMLA is correctly…

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Calculating Overtime Pay

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HR professionals and leaders are expected to have a comprehensive understanding of labor laws. No matter your industry, one key aspect of this is overtime compensation. While the concept of overtime seems straightforward, in reality it can be challenging. Differences in scheduling and compensation can create unanticipated complications, and employee misunderstandings of policy can create risk. If these issues are left unaddressed the consequences can be catastrophic. Overtime laws have been a part of U.S. labor laws since 1938, and in modern years have been given more clarity by legislation like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which dictates that…

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An Uncomfortable Discussion: Body Odor

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We have all dealt with complicated HR issues and perhaps one of the most uncomfortable is when an employee’s body odor becomes an issue. Deodorant sales in the United States have decreased in recent years, with at least 40% of Americans reporting that they don’t use antiperspirant at all. In a culture where smelling like your shampoo, perfume, etc. is expected, an intense body odor can become a distraction.   As in other areas of HR, the best offense is a good defense. You should create a dress code policy that includes clear expectations for not just what to wear,…

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The Winner of the Election was Marijuana: Should You Screen for It?

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This November brought a historic election, the results of which will shape HR for years to come. One somewhat unexpected result of this year’s election was the widespread legalization of marijuana. While some states legalized CBD, other legalized medical and recreational use of the drug. As we move forward, experts are projecting more and more that the Federal government will eventually decriminalize, and potentially make legal the recreational use of marijuana. Across the country, states approved changes to marijuana laws. Thirty-five states now allow medicinal use, fifteen states and Washington D.C. will now be allowing recreational use. Some say this…

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