#Nextchat: FLSA Jeopardy 2019 -- #SHRM19



“I’ll take FLSA for $1,000, Alex.”

Wouldn’t it be great if Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) issues were only topics on a game show? If you were wrong, the value of the question would merely be deducted from your winnings.  But you’re an employer, and if you get the FLSA wrong, it can be costly and result in a lawsuit.

According to SHRM’s FLSA Overtime Rule Resources page:



Wellness and Self-Care - - Are You Listening?



A number of self-care notes have found me. This is important work to enable us to present our very best self at home and at work.  First, Paul LaLonde shared, The Ten Self-Care tips by Myra Briggs. My lesson within, "No" is a complete sentence. 

Then, a SHRM piece, authored by Dori Meinert in 2017 appeared. It is still relevant today and entitled How to Prevent Employee Burnout

Our own Melanie Peacock was quoted in this work related to Developing and Encourage Friendships:

"Developing meaningful and rich interpersonal relationships among colleagues...


The Responsibility that Comes with Second Chance Hiring



Yesterday, I was power walking down the hallway to meet with a client and I noticed one of my my employees from the corner of my eye sitting in a meeting room staring at the wall with his arms crossed. This particular employee spent 9 years in prison for assault, so when he's upset I like to see what's going on. As much stuff as I had to do, I knew nothing was more important than being a listening ear for my employee. I dropped my purse, sat down my...


Weeding Monet’s Garden



Claude Monet was a French Impressionist painter born in 1840. Readers are probably familiar with his paintings of water lilies. One of the unique attributes of Monet’s work was that he painted the same scene in different lighting – whether it be a different time of day or a different season. I had the great fortune of visiting the Jardins de Monet in the French hamlet of Giverny, about an hour outside Paris. For any fan of Impressionist painting, it’s a pilgrimage worth making.

I spent several hours immersed in the...


We Can Honor Our Fallen Veterans Through Equal Parts Somber Reflection and Celebration



Over the years I’ve often been asked: “What’s the correct way to celebrate Memorial Day, and, is the word celebrate even the right word?  Should we be somber and reflective, or happy and celebratory because of all we have to be thankful for?”  To this I’d emphatically respond with: “Yes”- you should be both, wholeheartedly.      

I’ve lost many friends and fellow veterans through the years.  Some of them gave their lives in battlefields thousands of miles away, and others have lost their lives right here at home.  A few...


Inclusion and Being Your Authentic Self


I have a strong passion for diversity & inclusion. My passion for this important subject is personal. For a quarter of my life, I was never comfortable in my own skin and felt like I was not my true self. I was pretending to be someone I wasn’t. Over a decade later, I couldn’t be happier. Why? Simply, I am my authentic self. Since being true to myself, I couldn’t have a better life. Sure, life has its ups and downs but it truly is so much easier when YOU ARE...


Bad Relationship with Your Boss? How to Fix it


A poor relationship with your manager can be detrimental: both in the work you produce and your quality of life. LaSalle Network COO, Maureen Hoersten, uncovers ways to get to the root of bad relationships at work, and tangible tips to repair them, including:

Signs you have a bad relationship with your manager:  

There are common signs your relationship may be less than healthy like disengagement and short communication. Ask yourself: has something changed? Are you getting less feedback or training as you did before, or is the opposite true and you’re suddenly being micromanaged?...