Managing FLSA Change When Exempt Status Is a Status Symbol

Carolyn Taylor General, HR Alerts, Workforce Management

Employees who will be transitioned from an exempt to non-exempt classification because of the new FLSA overtime rules may resent the change in classification. They may feel that tracking time is beneath them, that they’re being micromanaged, that their position has less prestige, or that their work has less value. All of this is understandable; being exempt has become a …

Looking to boost employee morale and reduce turnover?

Carolyn Taylor General

The way to your employees’ hearts may be through their stomachs. A recent survey of more than 1,000 full-time office workers indicated that 56% of employees were very or extremely happy with their workplaces even though they did not offer free snacks, whereas an impressive 67% of employees in offices with free snacks reported that level of happiness. A similar …

FLSA Exemption Changes – Policy and Practice Updates and the Golden Rule

Carolyn Taylor HR Alerts

New rules have been established for employees who may not make enough to be classified as exempt under the new rules. Aside from figuring out how to reclassify employees while protecting your bottom line, you’ll also want to consider a number of policies and procedures that apply to non-exempt employees, and whether they should be updated or added to your …

Managing Unemployment Claims

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Many employers dread dealing with unemployment claims and are confused about how to ensure a smooth process. Every state has different standards surrounding unemployment insurance, but a terminated employee is likely to be eligible for unemployment unless they were terminated for “misconduct”. Employers are often surprised at how easily a former employee can establish a successful unemployment claim. With respect …

Oversight of Employee Hours Critical to ACA Compliance Management

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Paragon Payroll’s time and labor solutions help organizations get ahead and stay ahead of the ACA compliance curve. By providing critical data on demand, our time solutions are enabling our clients to identity and manage their status and reporting requirements. A few ways we can help you better manage your ACA Compliance: Avoid unnecessary audits, penalties, and tedious administration by using an automated timekeeping system that can conveniently track …

OSHA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements – Upcoming Changes

Carolyn Taylor HR Alerts

HR Alert | December 2014 On January 1, 2015, a final rule from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will take effect that will change the current injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements. This new rule adds to the number of situations in which employers must notify OSHA of injuries and illnesses as well …

It’s That Time Again – Year-End Performance Reviews

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Here are 5 great tips to help make your performance reviews more meaningful for your staff: 1. Make the process as transparent and open as possible. Use your performance management tools to enable a 2-way review process including a self-evaluation. 2. Be impressed with good performance, and balance constructive criticism with positive feedback. While it takes more work, identifying and noting specific examples of …

Employee Breaks and Meal Periods in Busy Workplaces

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HR Alert | November 2014 If your organization is located in a state that mandates employee breaks and/or meal periods, it is crucial that you work with your senior management team on enforcing your meal and rest break policy as well as ensuring that schedules are set so that employees receive these required breaks from work. HR Pros can help you …

How to Avoid Tax Notices

Paragon Payroll & Tax

It has been said that “People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women” (IRS). The majority of these complaints stem from misunderstanding taxes. Today, businesses have seen an increase in tax notices due to incorrect data reports and tax agency staff changes. It is vital to have the appropriate tax information when paying and …