Hiring new employees is always a gamble. It’s hard enough to figure out if a candidate is a good fit from a professional point of view – a list of skills and previous work experience can only tell you so much – but it’s even harder to spot a candidate who might become a troublemaker.
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I’m hoping that the new FLSA updates don’t confuse too many employers into classifying workers as some obscure status that makes compliance with the DOL unnecessarily difficult. But while business owners are out hunting for answers on the new ruling, they just might stumble upon some very poor advice.
Congratulations! You’ve finished the extensive search for a new employee and are ready to start reaping the benefits of having qualified help at your workplace. No more sifting through resumes and booking interviews. Now it is time to get to work.
There are more apps for more types of things than most of us need or can even imagine. Businesses use them to replace many of the, now antiquated, processes and services that businesses need. But with this shift comes a learning curve. Some internet apps are pretty basic but any application having to do with money is going to be a little more complex.
A study by AIIM in 2014 placed the HR department third among the departments that are most resistant to going paperless (after the finance and legal departments, of course. No surprises there). The study almost makes the concept of a paperless HR department seem like a daydream, but we say it’s entirely possible. Here’s how:
In light of the new overtime rule, employers will be switching many of their salaried employees over to hourly. A common misconception regarding an employee’s exemption status, i.e. whether the employee is hourly or salaried, is that if they perform certain job duties, they must be considered exempt. This is not true. The FLSA states that in order to be considered exempt an employee has to meet all of the following tests:
If you’re like the majority of businesses these days, you’re probably trying to get away from filing cabinets full of paper records. The internet makes this possible with apps that cater to nearly every business need. Employee paperwork is no different.
For file storage you could, of course, use Dropbox or any other online storage app but doesn’t it make sense to keep your employee files alongside other employee records?
There are hundreds of HR blogs on the web – some good, some great, some popular, some unnoticed. I’ve put together what I think is the best of the web, at least the web that I have seen (don’t be offended if you didn’t make the list).
Whatever kind of HR information you are looking for, whether it’s legal information, best practices, news, trends, or opinions, you can find it here. (The following pages are listed in no particular order.)
Take a look at your team: There are probably one or two members who seem to have it all down. They get the most done, they do great work and they do it all without seeming more stressed than anyone else. So what’s their secret to being the most effective they can be? It’s taking breaks.
It can be really unnerving when exempt employees, who are paid a set salary, are chronically late. The employee could be 15 minutes late each day for a week and their paycheck would be the same. Unless the employee is able to make up for the lost time at the end of the day by staying late, that’s just not fair.
Hiring full or part-time, permanent employees isn’t the only way to go about filling an open position. It may be the most common – put up an ad, conduct interviews, make an offer – but there is another way to hire that many businesses choose to use: Temporary, Staffing Agencies.
If you don’t give cash, then what do you give? Gifts? Time-off? A holiday party? If you do give cash, how much do you give and should everyone get the same amount? And what happens if you give nothing at all?
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