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Rue Dooley, SHRM-SCP has been an HR Knowledge Advisor for SHRM for over 20 years and has plenty of HR experience as a practitioner and consultant. Rue has daily direct contact with HR professionals around the world, helping them to create solutions, to improve systems, and to find and use resources that improve the delivery of the HR function. Rue has authored and co-authored numerous articles on a variety of subjects; conducted webcasts and podcasts; created videos, and has been quoted in various media outlets. 


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Articles by Rue Dooley

Some employers are confused about how their exempt employees can maintain exemption status when the company has clients that are billed for labor on an hourly basis.

July 22, 2016

Any company’s HR department can be much more than a necessary nuisance! In fact, HR departments can make fiscal contributions to their companies through: 1. cost containment, 2. productivity improvement, and 3. actual profit generation – HR CAN MAKE YOU MONEY!

June 24, 2016

Effective December 1, 2016:

May 26, 2016

Part-Time Exempt Under the New Regulations

A lot of HR managers are concerned about how the new regulations will affect their compensation of “Part-time Exempt” employees.  I would like to take this opportunity to say: “Don’t sweat it!”

Well, actually…

May 12, 2016

In 2004, there were significant changes to the parts of the FLSA that addressed overtime exemptions and 12 years later, we’re going to see some more changes…probably as soon as May 2016!

What will these changes look like?

The rule is not final, so we don’t know for sure yet; but it is likely that the changes will:

April 27, 2016

Just this week I heard of companies with 80%, 65%, and 45% turnover. There are some industries that in order to be competitive as a business, the employer has to pay low wages and the nature of the work is not exactly appealing. Turnover will be high in those industries, but not THAT HIGH!

Why is turnover so high? Employees are resigning AND being terminated. 

April 22, 2016
  1. Keep me in the loop! – What loop?  Just say, “Keep me informed.” Or say, “Keep me abreast…” On second thought, don’t say that either.
  2. It is what it is!  – What is what what is? And why don’t you tell me what it is instead of saying the redundant and obvious uninformative thing?
April 11, 2016

Employers, it is YOUR restroom. You may have whatever you want in your own restroom, but have a reason that makes sense, and have some class about it. This is your facility. You can do with it as you please. This is true at home and at work...for the most part.

In our bathrooms at home, we have all kinds of things: Notes, signs, towels, robes, shower caps, stockings, calendars, toothpaste, wallpaper, and so on. (Yes, toothpaste!)

April 8, 2016

Transgenderism can be a difficult, sensitive subject for employers. They don’t know how to deal with it. I like to simplify things, so I boiled down how to deal with this issue in less than 300 words.

First, an interaction I once had went like this…

[Smitty] – Rue, what am I supposed to do about a person getting a ‘sex change’? Is that a boy or a girl? And do I call him her or her him?

April 7, 2016


Sometimes, I see people walking around, talking to themselves. Only, they’re not actually talking to themselves. They’re on Blueteeth…tooths…whatever.

March 18, 2016

Don’t “Yelp” your employees. “YouTube” them!

Let me explain.

Yelp is a great social media site that many use basically to review restaurants. Don’t get me wrong. Yelp does and attempts to do a whole lot more than that, but basically, it’s the site many of us use to find ideas for and reviews of restaurants.

March 17, 2016

Growing up, talking was how I processed thought, how I commiserated, how I entertained others and myself, how I researched, investigated and explored, and oddly how I even lis

March 10, 2016




Employee Relations!


Back in the Nineties, I was a new HR Manager at a company where Pam was a Project Director. Joe, her employee, was a Project Manager.

They both brought a lot of experience and money into the company.

They were both very nice, smart, hardworking, and no nonsense. Perfect match? Meh.

March 7, 2016


Ambassadors are responsible for embassies. 

You’re an ambassador. Your cubicle is your embassy.

Some ambassadors are HORRIBLE. Some are good.

What does it take to be a good Ambassador? To be a good ambassador, a person needs certain skills. Things like:

March 3, 2016



I don’t want to tell you anything you already know, but here goes!

Several states now MANDATE certain employers train employees in sexual harassment prevention.

How did we get here? Why must we legislate decency and manners?

March 2, 2016

Well, yes, and no.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. 

February 29, 2016



Social Intelligence is often evidenced by the use of good manners. Many people presume they are socially (and otherwise) intelligent, but there’s always room for improvement, right?

So I’ve compiled a few (not exhaustive by any means) tips for checking my manners and my social intellect (in no particular order).

 Just sharing:

February 27, 2016

That is probably the most annoying idiom! Just say what you mean!

Say something like,

“Let’s try to come up with some creative ideas;” or

“Let’s think unconventionally on this particular one;” or

“A fresh, new perspective is welcome here!” or

…almost anything else but talking about a box. Creepy.

February 26, 2016


[To preserve identities, I’ll just refer to these folks by their ages: 48, 60, 30, and 27. The four (and a few other lunch-bunch buddies) had a conversation that went like this.]

30: {singing a pop song}

48: What’s that song – if I can call it that – about?

30: Love gone wrong.

48: I guess times change, but music themes never really do.


February 21, 2016
True story.
Sometimes, we just have to be shown in a different way.
February 19, 2016