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Knowing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulations

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 11, 2018 at 9:58 AM

How confident are you about all the required regulations for your business under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? We challenge you to test your knowledge by taking this brief quiz.

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Does Your Policy Checklist Include a Time Reporting Policy?

Posted by Christy Putnam on December 5, 2018 at 11:26 AM

A critical part of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is making sure employees are classified and paid correctly. Does your organization have a current Time Reporting Policy that accomplishes this? Such a policy is easily as important as other standard company policies like your Leave of Absence, Code of Conduct, Benefits, or Communications policies. If you do not have one, it's a good idea to draft a written policy that clearly and thoroughly explains how and when staff should track their time. This will a likely apply to both exempt and non-exempt employees, but the application may be slightly different. Key elements that should be included in this policy include:

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Topics: Human Capital Management, HR Policies, Human Resources

2019 Expected Payroll Changes

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 19, 2018 at 10:49 AM

With a new year come new changes and updates to payroll requirements. 2019 is quickly approaching, so - like last year - we compiled the following list of items that may initiate some payroll changes in your organization. You might start thinking about these and take action sooner than later.

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Topics: Payroll, Taxes

How to Address Social Media in the Workplace

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The use of social media in the workplace has grown dramatically as people have become more - and more constantly - connected via mobile devices. Merriam-Webster offers a fairly common definition of social media: "forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content."

Some of that sounds great for business, right? After all, creating online communities and sharing information and ideas are basic goals of any business's marketing department. Frequently, however, organizations approach social media with suspicion and trepidation. These attitudes often lead to attempts to fully control its use that end up with managers frustrated by a lack of discipline, employees feeling that they're being treated like children, and everyone demoralized.

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Topics: Human Resources, HR Policies, Social Media

The year-end countdown begins. Here's a free HR and Payroll checklist!

Posted by Christy Putnam on November 1, 2018 at 2:47 PM

It's November. That's right...November! That means we're just over 60 days from the end of 2018.


Am I right?

This is the time of year when HR and payroll professionals are fretting about all the things they don't feel they'll have time to finish. What are those things? You mean you haven't made a list of benefits, compliance, and company culture tasks that need to be wrapped up before the end of 2018? Don't worry...we made one for you.

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Topics: Human Resources, Company Culture

Approaches to Performance Management

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

If you recently became a manager, you may be looking forward with some trepidation to the dreaded performance review process. Employees are now looking to you for guidance regarding the jobs that they are doing, and you were probably promoted to this position because, among many reasons, someone thought you have wisdom that others can benefit from. But what's the procedure for this task, and what do you need to think about to prepare for it?

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Topics: Human Resources, Human Capital Management, Leadership

Washington Based Employers: Family Leave Act Premiums Begin January 1, 2019

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 10, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Fourth quarter has begun, and January 1 of 2019 will be here before we know it. In 2017, the Washington State legislator passed the Family Leave Act (FLA) which provides up to 12 weeks (18 weeks in some limited circumstances) of paid family and medical leave in a 12-month period for eligible employees beginning in 2020. Eligible employees are those that have been employed by the employer for 12 months (which do not need to be consecutive months) and work a minimum of 820 hours in a qualifying period prior to the leave. The FLA will be monitored and administered by the Employment Security Department.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Family Leave Acts, Payroll

Tips and Tricks for New Managers

Posted by Christy Putnam on October 9, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Rule #1 - It’s okay to admit you don’t have all the answers. Nobody does!

Most people have experienced both good and bad managers along their career path. When someone goes from being managed to managing others for the first time, they often reflect upon what has and hasn't worked in their own experience. Ultimately, everyone has their own style and methods of leadership, since managing people takes a lot of time and has its ups and downs. So what makes a successful manager? Whether you are a new manager or someone who is looking to get into management, following is a list of basic management skills to get you started.

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Topics: Human Resources, Management

Complex Pay Strategies

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 12, 2018 at 10:55 AM

Not all compensation is as simple as an hourly wage or a set salary. Following are some pay types that may cause questions and confusion.

Piece Rate Pay

What is “piece rate” pay? This is an alternative system of pay that may benefit both the employer and the employee. Employees are paid based on the per unit of quality work completed rather than an hourly rate. This approach has the dual advantages of helping to increase productivity while providing employees with rewards for extra effort. This form of pay is commonly used in construction and agriculture.

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Topics: Payroll, Human Capital Management

"If We Stay or If We Go": Conducting Non-hiring Interviews

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 7, 2018 at 9:35 AM

Interviews are no longer just for potential new hires. A lot of employers are choosing to implement stay and/or exit interviews. The difference between the two is that stay interviews are kind of like preventive check-ups; making sure everything is good and, if it's not, finding a resolution. Exit interviews, on the other hand, are performed with employees who are leaving an organization, and, while it may be too late to be beneficial to the departing employee, they may help the company realize the need for change.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources

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