HR Alert! Overtime Rule Change

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 24, 2019 at 11:57 AM

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final ruling today for overtime pay when employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Employees who make less than $35,568 will be eligible for overtime effective January 1, 2020. This is expected to affect approximately 1.3 million American workers.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

Habit 3 of Highly Productive Organizations: Improvement

Posted by James on September 9, 2019 at 2:33 PM

The research* provided by The Aberdeen Group on successful approaches to managing a workforce has so far focused on automation of employee management tasks and integration of workforce management systems.

The final and least technical practice is for an organization to always be improving an its approaches and methods of managing their overall workforce. Such improvement is a long-term proposition that takes place gradually. It requires persistence and a commitment to merging modern HCM tools with a consistently advancing workplace culture. As both become more developed and in aligned with one another, an organization's workforce shifts from a practical cost to a strategic and competitive advantage that provide the business with a true edge in the marketplace.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Time & Labor Management

Habit 2 of Highly Productive Organizations: Integration

Posted by James on September 3, 2019 at 10:40 AM

This four-part series takes research* done by The Aberdeen Group on successful approaches to managing a workforce and presents it in graphical form. Businesses that practice all of these behaviors tend to function efficiently and reduce - or eliminate - the wasteful costs involved in managing people.

Integration is the second beneficial practice. Many organizations still manage time and attendance with one automated system, payroll with another, and human resources with no intelligent business system at all. The systems that are in place tend not to communicate well, which is unfortunate, since they all fulfill critical functions with regard to workforce management and coordination, and miscommunication just means more time and more cost spent on otherwise simple tasks. Implementing a unified Human Capital Management system can store all of your employee information in a single location and transform your workforce from an expense to a strategic asset. Here are just some of a unified system.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Time & Labor Management

Helpful Termination Guidance

Posted by Christy Putnam on September 3, 2019 at 9:17 AM

“At-Will” Employment State

Oregon, along with most of the U.S. (with the exception of Montana), is an at-will employment state. At-will employment means employers can terminate employees at any time without reason, explanation, or warning (except for wrongful termination reasons, like race, religion, and disability). It also means an employee can quit at any time for any reason...or no reason at all. Typical exceptions to this include the following: Employment Contracts, Implied Contracts, Good Faith and Fair Dealing (i.e. employers terminating employees to avoid their duties like paying for healthcare, retirement, or commission-based work), and Public Policy.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance

Habit 1 of Highly Productive Organizations: Automation

Posted by James on August 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM

In this four-part series, we're sharing visualized research* on the impact of efficiently managing an organization's workforce by practicing three habits. The first habit, automation, can mean many things, from building a performance review workflow system to deploying electronic timecards to offering Employee Self Service tools that your employees can access wherever they are and whenever they need to. Implementing a unified Human Capital Management system can provide all of these benefits to your organization and transform your workforce from an expense to a strategic asset. Here are just some of the advantages of doing so.

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Topics: Human Capital Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Time & Labor Management

A Good Reminder of How Workers' Compensation Rates Are Calculated

Posted by Christy Putnam on August 16, 2019 at 12:09 PM

People quickly and understandably become very confused when it comes to reviewing Workers' Compensation policies and rates from insurance carriers. At its most basic, the following formula is used to calculate Workers' Compensation premiums:

Payroll (per $100) X Class Code Rate X Experience Modifier (MOD) + State Fees/Surcharges = Premium

Let’s break down each of these elements and explain where the amounts come from.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance, Workers' Compensation

“Change is Inevitable. Growth is Optional!”

Posted by Christy Putnam on July 16, 2019 at 2:21 PM

It’s that time of year when the impact of the recent Oregon Legislation Session is starting to be realized by employers. Several new laws (and at least one that previously was implemented) are, or will be, affecting employers and employees. Following is a summary of just some of the changes on the horizon.

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Topics: Human Resources, Minimum Wage, Payroll, HR Compliance, Taxes

Are you going to meet the EEO-1 reporting deadlines?

Posted by Christy Putnam on May 8, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Two reporting deadlines are quickly approaching. All employers with 100 or more employees, or federal government contractors and first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and at least $50,000 in contracts, must file the EEO-1 survey with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The purpose of EEO-1 reporting is to identify areas of discrimination in the workplace. Here is what you need to know.

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Topics: Payroll, HR Compliance

Classifying Exempt Workers: Are you up to date on the latest news?

Posted by Christy Putnam on April 2, 2019 at 9:26 AM

Do you know what the salary amount is for your lowest paid exempt employee? Is it below $35,308?

If the new Department of Labor (DOL) proposed overtime rule passes, this would be the new white-collar exception amount. This amount is higher than the current $23,660 requirement but lower than the now-blocked $47,476 that was adopted by the Obama administration in 2016.

If the new regulation passes, employers must be prepared to give employees below the set salary amount an increase or re-categorize them as a non-exempt employees and pay overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The DOL is estimating this could affect over a million workers' classifications and/or wages.

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll, HR Compliance, HR Policies

April HR Topic: Classifying and Paying Exempt Employees

Posted by Christy Putnam on March 27, 2019 at 10:04 AM

An employee comes to you and says,I keep hearing all this talk about employees being exempt or non-exempt and about possible changes. What am I? What is the difference? And how will the possible changes affect me?” Are you prepared to answer these questions in a way that is easily understandable by the employee, since they don’t typically speak fluent HR/payroll? Perhaps more critically, are you 100% confident you are classifying employees correctly to begin with?

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Topics: Human Resources, Payroll

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