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Incentive Pay Allowed Under Fluctuating Workweek Method of Overtime Pay

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 04:00

The federal Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule on May 20, 2020 addressing whether employers may pay bonuses, commissions, and other types of incentive payments to employees paid under the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime. The rule states that employers may pay various types of incentive payments to employees working...

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A Shift from Competition to Collaboration: How to Get People Back into the Workforce and What It Will Look Like

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading like wildfire, and with every passing minute, we receive the latest updates. With the evolution of the situation, most small business owners doubt the steps and plans to survive, mitigate risk, support customers, and protect employees. As the IMF has forecasted a 6.1% decline in advanced economy gross domestic...

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We Should Have Been More Prepared for the Remote Work Era

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00

What will the future of work look like in the wake of the pandemic? That’s the question on a lot of people’s minds. Cheryl Cran, founder of NextMapping, is a future-of-work expert who spent years getting organizations future-ready. We discussed the sudden move to remote work and the likely future of work here in the […] The post We Should...

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An HR Professional’s Guide to Welcoming Back and Supporting Veterans In the Workplace

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00

Editor’s Note: May is Mental Health Awareness month, throughout the month we will feature insights and best practices to help HR professionals accommodate workers with mental health issues. With Memorial Day right around the corner, today’s focus is on supporting veterans in the workplace.  As our country approaches the 20th anniversary of...

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Pros and Cons of Posting All Jobs

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00

As soon as our teams are ready to transition back to a closer-to-normal routine, many organizations will be considering how to start recruiting again. The primary method of recruiting is posting a job on various online locations. But this isn’t the only option. Let’s take a look at other methods and review some pros and […] The post Pros...

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Giving Junior Staff Sponsorship Responsibilities

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 04:00

Few initiatives, big or small, succeed without the help of a champion or sponsor—someone who takes ownership over the process and keeps the other stakeholders and team members focused in the midst of other responsibilities. Traditionally, a sponsor is someone who has some clout within the organization—through formal authority, expertise, or...

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4 Ways to Get Better Insight into the Well-Being of a Remote Workforce

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

It’s hard to get a clear read on your organization’s culture in the best of times. It’s much harder now, as just about everyone is working from home. HR professionals everywhere are struggling to take the temperature of their organizations and get a sense of how well employees are coping. A company may have an […] The post 4 Ways to Get...

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Leveraging Emerging Technology in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

Ernest Hemingway’s character Mike in The Sun Also Rises quipped that profound and seemingly inexorable change occurs “gradually, then suddenly.” Change of Calculus Before the pandemic, adoption of emerging technologies within the workplace—artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics—was often considered an investment in an organization’s...

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Understanding Recruiting KPIs by Industry

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

While many small businesses struggle to adapt to the new way of work brought on by the coronavirus, hiring is an area that seems to be the last thing on some employers’ minds. However, if you employ recruiters to help fill vacant roles at your small business and they’re twiddling their thumbs waiting for the […] The post Understanding...

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During Unprecedented Times, Leaders Have a New Role to Play

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

These are incredibly challenging times. The entire world has undertaken a massive shift in how we work—all at the same time and all because we have been forced to. We aren’t just working from home; we are at home in a crisis trying to work amid an avalanche of change and, in some cases, despair. […] The post During Unprecedented Times,...

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HiPo Leadership Strategies to Get Balanced and Be on Target During the COVID-19 Crisis

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 04:00

During the COVID-19 crisis, leaders have to manage their feelings of being off-balance due to interrupted work routines and the distractions within their home workspace. Some leaders are distracted by their thoughts, worrying that their jobs are in jeopardy, being unsure of how to effectively motivate and inspire remote teams, and being distracted...

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New Rule Allows Overtime Exemption for More Workers Paid on Commission

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:17

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new rule that potentially could allow more employers to take advantage of the overtime exemption allowed for certain employees who are paid on commission. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the new rule on May 18, calling it a way to provide greater simplicity […] The post New...

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Making the Most of Your Home Workstation: A Guide to Ergonomics Best Practices

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:00

When most employees were sent home to work remotely in March, little consideration was given to the workspace that would support this new way of work. The main concern at the time was around the technology needs to complete the work. But a workspace is about more than a laptop and a camera for those […] The post Making the Most of Your Home...

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Reopening the Workplace with an Eye on Financial Health

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:00

When COVID-19 hit our economy, workplaces were focused on reacting and responding (often in real time) to address and mitigate the fallout to their business and workforce. The toll on both has been substantial. Every workplace and every worker has been impacted, and industries like retail and hospitality and low- and moderate-income workers have...

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Bringing Them Back: Onboarding After COVID-19

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. Millions of Americans are now working from home. And while the current pandemic will certainly end, the transition back to “normal” life is likely to be gradual, with many predicting that the “normal” we once knew is a thing of the past and that the workplace […] The post...

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The Problem with Squishy Answers and How to Stop Them

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:00

Part of the burden of being the boss is making the important decisions: whether it’s necessary to authorize costly overtime to meet a production deadline; if the company should apologize to a customer over a disagreement or stand firm in its position; if a supplier should be replaced; etc. The Problem with Uncertainty Effective...

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Why You Need Both Humans and Technology in Your Hiring Process

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:00

Is the jobseeker ready for technology in the hiring process? Innovative recruiting technologies have gained fast technological advancement in recent years, with recruiting automation playing a pivotal role. Their ability to complete daily administrative duties fast and efficiently have made them a definite desirable for hiring teams dealing with...

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EEOC Updates Information on the ADA and COVID-19

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 04:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its technical assistance Q&As, answering additional questions about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on federal employment laws the agency enforces. The publication added Q&As G3, G4, and G5 in its Return-to-Work section. The Q&As discuss the accommodation of employees...

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Savvy Jobseekers Jump Through Hoops to Stand Out in a Sea of Applications

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 04:00

As businesses begin to open back up, employers will be looking to staff up their empty workplaces, but the hiring landscape has drastically changed since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, forcing jobseekers to get creative in how they stand out among the plethora of applicants. Just a few months ago, jobseekers were in the driver’s seat […] The...

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Emotional Wellness Support

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 04:00

Appreciation for and understanding of mental and emotional health have come a long way in recent years. Society increasingly understands that certain moods and behaviors are often the cause of biological and chemical conditions and imbalances as opposed to character or personality flaws. It’s logical to expect such attitudes toward mental and...

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