No Good Deed? Indeed! FLSA Does Support Volunteerism


Some say , "no good deed goes unpunished." That is how some employers might feel when they land in hot water for not paying or improperly paying employees for time spent in volunteer activities. Every spring brings questions about volunteer workers, whether it's employees, volunteers or unpaid interns and how they should be treated in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For example, if a non-exempt (hourly) employee spends time in a volunteer activity sponsored by the employer, does that time have to be paid? If not, and the...


#SHRM19 Interview with Brown & Brown


This is a 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition interview with Marci Steiding, VP of Marketing & Communications for Beecher Carlson, a Brown & Brown Company.

Who is Brown & Brown? Tell us everything, just as you would someone approaching your booth and asking you this question at #SHRM19 in Las Vegas.

Brown & Brown, Inc. is the sixth largest independent insurance brokerage in the nation. We provide risk management solutions to help protect what our customers value most. The Brown & Brown culture is built on integrity,...


FMLA: You Can't Make Me- or Can You?


On March 14, the U.S. Department of Letter (DOL) issued an opinion letter that answered a question that has challenged courts and employers. Here's the scenario, an employee's time off from work qualifies for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)-covered leave. But the employee tells you they does not want the time designated as FMLA leave. Do you, the employer, have the right to designate the time as FMLA leave, despite the employee's objection? Put another way, is the employee entitled to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave plus whatever...


Stressed? So Are Your Employees


Stress is almost impossible to avoid these days. Of course, a little stress can be motivating, but too much or the wrong kind can have a major effect on employees and businesses. The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American companies $300 billion a year in health care, sick days and lost productivity.

Despite this sizable sum, many companies aren’t addressing the underlying issue of stress. For example, only about half (54 percent) of US employees have access to some form of wellness program at work, according to the Global...


Seven Ways to Avoid Trouble in Vegas at #SHRM19


Some suggestions for staying out of trouble as you have fun at the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition (#SHRM19) in Las Vegas:

1. Connecting

Want to connect with someone? Make sure you talk about meeting up, not hooking up. Less you wish to be the subject of a “metoo” claim.

2. Extracurricular activities

Remember what happens in Vegas stays on the Internet. So don’t do anything you would not want your friends and family to read about.

3. Alcohol

Limit consumption or risk the price of lack of inhibition.When...


#Nextchat: HR Rising!! From Ownership to Leadership #SHRM19



There’s no question that the human resources profession has seen dramatic shifts in the past 10 years. We’ve experienced transformation on many technology fronts in the workplace, which has provided HR the opportunity and ability to shape, define and implement the people practices that will drive a business’s success in the new world of work.

There has also been a movement for the development of competencies that support HR’s transition from tactical to strategic in areas such as effective communication, business acumen and critical evaluation. These competencies are the foundation...


My Name is Jenni…and I Have a Criminal Record




Yep, you read that right.  In fact, 1 of 3 adults (of 75 million Americans) have a criminal record.  Before you Google me and try to figure out the story, and in the spirit of keeping it “real” let me share.

One chilly evening in February of 2005, I went out for drinks with friends.  I pulled out of a local pub, turned into the middle lane, and neglected to signal before moving into the right lane.  That “improper lane...


Optimizing HR Strategy for Organizational Effectiveness #SHRM19


Q & A Session with Gary Kushner, CEO, Kushner & Company


Tell us a little bit about yourself and your organization.

I have been in the HR industry since the 1970s. I was given the responsibility to generalize a Reward and Recognition program for my company. My organization needed to move away from a one-size-fits-all approach. In my search for such an initiative, I realized that there weren't any companies (back then) who could cater to the needs of small to mid-size companies and businesses. This was the inspiration behind starting Kushner & Company...


A #SHRM19 Preview Featuring Cara Silletto


I have known Cara Silletto for years and she is full of energy and great ideas. She has definitely done her homework and has great experience to share with you on retaining your new talent. She admits that people do move on more than they used to, but there are ways to slow down the process and get the most out of your time together. We all know that the world has become employee friendly, meaning great talent is harder to come by. So why not get ahead of the...


Secret Ingredients to Overcoming the Fear of Automation #SHRM19


Automation falls under the colorful umbrella of chain management. In this era of breakthrough technology and innovation, organizations that fail to automate and continuously improvise their processes while soon become obsolete.

There are many reasons affecting an organization’s automation process such as lack of financial budget, failure to calculate proper ROI, poorly written project proposal, or lack of management’s buy-in. However, I believe, the biggest reason why a company’s automation process fails or becomes slow is the resistance it gets from their employees.

Therefore, the million-dollar question is “how to overcome...