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What to Expect If Your State or City Passes Paid Sick Leave

While only five states and the District of Columbia have passed paid sick leave laws, more and more municipalities—most recently Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago—are passing ordinances that require employers to provide paid sick time. Paid sick leave is clearly a trend—one we can expect to continue. While each paid sick leave law has […]

By |August 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments


Almost every organization and employee is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Since the new overtime rules were released in May, many employers have been asking if there are exceptions for small companies, nonprofits, or churches. The answer is no – there are no special carve-outs. There are two ways in which employers […]

By |July 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Did You Know?

Although child labor has been around for ages and was integral to the survival of farms before mechanization, it became a serious problem in the United States during the Industrial Revolution. Children as young as four were working long hours in hard and dangerous jobs, and spending little to no time in school as a […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Question & Answer

Q: We have two currently salaried employees who make about $42,000 per year. However, with commissions, we estimate that they will make $48,000 or more per year. They can still be exempt, right? What happens if their commissions do not exceed the minimum of $47,476 as expected? We’ve double checked the duties test and they […]

By |June 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Final FLSA White Collar Exemption Rules Announced

The Department of Labor has announced the new salary threshold for certain employees to qualify as exempt from minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act’s White Collar Exemptions.

Effective December 1, 2016, the new minimum salary level will be $47,476 per year ($913 per week). Up to 10% of this income may come […]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Safety Program Mistake You Don’t Want to Make


Some employers try to create a safe workplace by rewarding employees when there are no work-related injuries. This is a mistake. While you certainly want to motivate employees to follow your safety procedures, you do not want to incentivize employees to hide injuries and accidents—or to refrain from filing a claim. Encouraging “no injuries” tells […]

By |March 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Talk to an Employee Who Has Bad Hygiene

You’re at your desk, removing your jacket as the early afternoon sunshine pours into your office, when several employees knock on your door, requesting a brief meeting. You invite them in. The last to enter slowly shuts the door while peaking back at a corner cubicle.

The group informs you that Jerry, a reliable and hard-working […]

By |July 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2015 Labor Laws: Coming Soon to a Courthouse Near You

With the Affordable Care Act, midterm elections, and other scheduled labor law changes, there are several new major pieces of legislation heading our way in 2015. Below is a summary of some of the key labor laws and trends to keep in mind as we approach 2015:

1. The Employer Mandate – The Employer Mandate […]

By |December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Employer Mandate Penalties: Immunize Your Organization

The Employer Mandate is the Health Care Reform provision that requires all employers with 50 or more full time equivalent employees to offer a certain level of health insurance coverage at an affordable rate to all full-time employees, or face a penalty. The Employer Mandate penalty is triggered if at least one full-time employee of […]

By |October 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DOL in Action: Nearly $5M in Back Wages

DOL in Action: Nearly $5M in Back Wages Posted: 13 Jun 2014 10:31 AM PDTWe invite you to take a minute to read a recent press release from the United States Department of Labor. It highlights certain objectives, priorities and activities of the DOL, and a need for employers to keep accurate timekeeping records to […]

By |June 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments