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Insights from the US Department of Labor

August 30, 2019

by Susannah Chance: The US Department of Labor has issued several new opinion letters that provide helpful guidance to employers. The two letters below address questions that we frequently get from clients. We hope they are helpful! Permissible rounding practices: Read opinion letter here Calculating overtime pay for non-discretionary bonuses paid on a quarterly and annual basis: Read [...]

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Non Compete Agreements – Legislation Restrictions

August 29, 2019

by Susannah Chance: Legislation restriction the use of non compete agreements is being enacted in many states – if you utilize non competes as part of your employment practices you should review your state regulations and/or consult with legal counsel to ensure your practices are in compliance. NH http://gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2019&id=466&txtFormat=html ME http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0538&item=7&snum=129 RI https://www.billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1118785   More info here: https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=d07b4b2a-9fc4-44c7-b58a-f50ef0403d9a [...]

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Department of Labor releases an opinion letter

August 29, 2019

by Susannah Chance: The US Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter regarding whether employees may take Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) to attend a Committee on Special Education meeting to discuss the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of the employee’s son or daughter. You can read the opinion letter here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/opinion/FMLA/2019/2019_08_08_2A_FMLA.pdf [...]

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When Do We Get Small?

August 29, 2019

by Steve Wood: When do you admit to yourself you have the wrong perspective? I heard a very cute story on a podcast recently that helps make this point.  A woman was sitting in the middle seat on a plane and a cute little girl about five years old sat next to her in the aisle seat. Her [...]

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Leaders Beware – Google Done Taught Me Everything I Know

August 28, 2019

by Steve Wood: I have been a defendant in only one court case. Sadly, that case contributed to my loss of interest in teaching college and is directly related to today’s topic. I’ll tell you that story later. When our founding leaders formed the United States, they wrestled with this paradox – How to protect individual rights and [...]

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Job Quitting is a Symptom of Low Resiliency

August 28, 2019

by Steve Wood: One of the problems with low-unemployment is that young workers find it too easy to quit and find another job. What they do not understand is that quality employers recognize this pattern as a symptom of low resiliency and often pass on hiring them. At least that used to be the case. Many employers are [...]

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Cause for Concern: Frequent Absences and Sore Hands

August 28, 2019

by Fran Lefavour: Dear Fran, I just became an office manager and am also responsible for personnel issues. I have one employee who frequently misses work. She calls in before hours and leaves a voice message but never says why she is missing work. Can I ask her why she is not coming to work? Another employee came [...]

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There’s Been a Theft, Now What?

August 28, 2019

by Fran Lefavour: Dear Fran, We have a serious situation at work and our management team doesn’t agree on how to handle it.  Our maintenance manager found an expensive tool (that has been missing from the company) at the local pawn shop.  For his records, the pawn shop proprietor takes pictures of everyone with the item they want [...]

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What? Happened When? To Whom? Let’s Talk about Harassment.

August 28, 2019

by Fran Lefavour: Dear Fran, In light of the “ME TOO” movement, we had an outside consultant conduct harassment training sessions for all our employees. Since that happened, I am being inundated with complaints from employees of behaviors in the workplace. Some are concerning, as they sound like sexual harassment by one of our managers. Some just sound [...]

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I-9 Form Expires 8-31-19 – Don’t Worry!

August 8, 2019

by Susannah Chance: While the current I-9 Form expires on August 31, 2019, a new form has yet to be released. Based on guidance related to the expiration of previous I-9 forms, employers should continue to use the existing form until a new form is issued. Visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/about-form-i-9 for more information about the I-9 Form. [...]

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