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Here’s What REALLY Happened!

Effective December 1, 2016:

  1. The Salary Threshold changed from $455 per week to $913 per week
  2. (From $23,660 to $47,476 annually)
  3. The built-in mechanism for raising the salary is an increase every 3 years. The first will be January 1, 2020. DOL will adjust the threshold every 3 years.
  4. Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) exemption is now $134,000 (from $100,000)
  5. Non-discretionary bonuses, incentive pay, commissions may now be used to meet up to 10% of the standard salary.

Do these changes affect Non-profits?


(Source: Federal Register)

“The Department...


#Nextchat RECAP: Global HR and Cross-Cultural Competency

On May 25, @shrmnextchat chatted with SHRM's Howard Wallack (@shrmglobal) and #SHRM16 speaker Dean Foster (@dfaintercultura) about Global HR and Cross-Cultural Compentency.  

In case you missed this informative chat, you can read all the tweets here:




A Glimpse Into #SHRM16 Speaker Paul Falcone’s New Book

With a library of books under his belt and a new one hot off the presses, I had the pleasure of selecting Paul Falcone as another #SHRM16 presenter to interview as we gear up for the conference. Paul is not only an established author, but also an HR executive who truly understands talent management, leadership, the hiring process and so much more. We recently discussed his new book and upcoming presentation.

Personally, I enjoy tackling and unpacking tough topics that HR pros face. We all know that the world...


#Nextchat: Global HR and Cross-Cultural Competency


The saying “It’s a small world” has never had more meaning than it does today—especially when it comes to managing our workplaces and workforces.

According to the SHRM Competency Model, “Global and Cultural Effectiveness” is necessary for all human resource professionals to succeed in an ever-expanding global marketplace.  

As organizations enter the global marketplace, their workforces are becoming more diverse, often across multiple countries and cultures. Many HR professionals now work for organizations that are multinational, or that do a substantial amount of business outside of the...


Difficult Conversations

Every HR professional and manager has had to have a tough talk with an employee about his or her performance. Sometimes it is in the context of an annual appraisal.  Other times, it may be a final warning prior to termination.  But regardless of when the discussion happens, careful planning is necessary.  Otherwise, the wrong things may be said or done, and difficult conversations can quickly evolve into difficult lawsuits.  Here are 11 tips to help take some of the pain—and risk—out of those closed-door meetings....

From Melbourne Australia to Washington, D.C. for #SHRM16

If you cannot feel it radiating through your screen, let me tell you, I’m pretty excited!  In a matter of weeks, I’ll be arriving to Washington, D.C. with possibly the best cohort of people you could ever want to conference with. No sarcasm: HR people are the best – we make a difference in people’s lives, we get to work in every industry, and we get to contribute to easily the most interesting part of work – the people! We share, we get energized by improving things, we challenge...


Want to Attract the Class of 2016? Try Offering Student Loan Assistance


The class of 2016 is feeling pretty positive about their job prospects - 86% percent of college graduates are at least somewhat optimistic they will find full-time work after graduating, and 92% are hopeful they will land their desired job, according to a new survey by Indeed.

Something new graduates are probably not feeling so positive about is the student loan debt they will be saddled with upon receiving their degrees. In a national survey of 2,500 graduating seniors, Indeed found that 86% of graduates have started paying,...


The 2016 #FLSA Overtime Changes: What #HR Needs to Know

I’m not going to write a big long explanation for this post. If you’re in the HR world, you know that the much-awaited final ruling came from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) about changes to the overtime rule in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) Last summer, I spoke with Jonathan Segal, a partner with the law firm Duane Morris LLP regarding the proposed overtime rule changes to the minimum weekly salary requirement and the primary duty test. When I read that the final rules were released, I asked Jonathan if he would give us the scoop. And he very graciously...


When Talented Managers Need Their Talent Managed


I am sorry to say it appears the Peter Principle is alive and well.  You know what I mean.  How many conversations do you have in an average week that revolve around a manager’s poor people, management or leadership skills?  This is not to say they don’t have talent.  In fact, more often than not it was their talent that led them to the place they are today.  And how did they get there?  You’ve got it; we put ‘em there!  Isn’t that at the heart of the Peter Principle?  We promote individuals to...


A Prescription for a Healthier Workplace

Our world is inundated with health information. Yet even individuals who have all the right information and possess the best intentions can be held back by one major factor: their jobs.

While most people are limited in their ability to moderate their wellness during work hours, the best employers know that they play a huge role in employee wellness. And employee wellness plays a huge role in business success because healthier workers perform better and reduce their company’s costs.

The Healthy Workplace:...