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A Very De Minimis De Minimis FLSA Exemption



As a general rule, employers must pay non-exempt employees for all time that they work (broadly defined) and that includes getting ready for work (preliminary activities) and finishing work (postliminary activities).  As discussed below, there is a de minimis exemption under federal law (FLSA).

In a recent case involving Starbucks, the California Supreme Court held the de minimis exemption was not available under California state law under the facts of the case.  If and when the de minimis exemption may be available under California state law will be decided in future...


Why You Should Network ASAP #ClaireShares



The summer in between graduating high school and starting college, my Dad "made me" take a summer job with a friend of his at a local non-profit in Buffalo. I would be helping out while someone was on leave by filing, stuffing envelopes, mailing new hire packets, answering incoming calls, taking meeting minutes, you name it. I came in every day and did what I was asked to. After a few weeks, I learned that if I listened to everything going on around me, and then offered to help/meet a...


The Big 5 or a Local Event -- SHRM has a Conference for You



Missed the Annual conference this Year? Don’t fret, catch a local SHRM conference in a city near you!


Last year I had the opportunity to catch my favorite golf and tennis players at tournaments less famous then the ones covered on TV each year. In Tennis and Golf there are the big four events, and at SHRM there is the Big...


The Answer to Life Is More Questions


A wise college professor of mine once told me, “the answer to life is more questions”. Never had this piece of advice resonated more than through my internship with SHRM/Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).

Over the past 9 weeks, I was invited to intern in the Human Resources Department at SAG-AFTRA, a labor union that empowers and protects entertainers and artists around the nation. Throughout my internship, I was a sponge for knowledge as I shadowed key HR professionals including Internal Communications,...


#Nextchat: The Trends that are Transforming HR Tech in 2018




The 2018 Human Resource Executive HR Technology Conference & Exposition takes place September 11-14 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and I’m excited to be attending as a member of the HR Tech Insiders blogger team. I’ll be sharing the latest information on HR technology trends through #Nextchats, interviews with conference speakers and live-tweeting during the conference. 

One of the best parts of the #HRTechConf blogger experience is that I get to work with—and learn from—some...


#SHRM18 -- An Experience I Will Never Forget



Attending SHRM18 will be an experience that I will never forget.  In the middle of January, I received an email from SHRM inviting me to attend the 2018 SHRM Annual Conference being held in Chicago as a blogger.  I had tremendous support by Industrial U.I. Services & the Garden State Council – SHRM (GSC-SHRM).  Before I knew it, my flight & hotel were booked. The following six months flew by!  Now, I am writing this blog about a little over a month after the conference commenced.



Wonderful, Always


This past week I woke up earlier than normal because I need to do some last minute shopping and prep for a day of development for our managers. As most people tend to do, I had a list in my head of what I needed to purchase. I wanted to get into the store and avoid contact if possible so I could “get things done.”

As I was hurriedly walking to the aisle for the supplies I was seeking, a cashier caught my eyes and greeted me. “How’s your morning going so far?”

“Great !!” I replied. “How about...


“Ask Amanda” – How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone”



I’m going to bet that most of you have a daily routine; I know I do. My day consists of waking up, getting ready, driving to and from work (with work in between), resting, and then getting ready to do it all again the next day. Having a routine is a comfortable feeling, so why would anyone want to change and do something that scares them? Unfortunately, when we become too comfortable and the resistance to change kicks in, the ability to grow, improve, and reach for new goals comes...


Focus on Serving with Larry Sutton from RNR Tire Express



This is one of the most enjoyable interviews I have been a part of.

Larry Sutton started out with a traditional rent to own business.  Once he sold it he took an early retirement to play golf all the time.  After a year, Larry got bored.  What he was missing was the interaction with people and watching them grow and growing himself.

He kind of fell into the franchising business.  Serving has always been at the heart of everything he does.  Currently, RNR Tire Express is experiencing organic growth with 24...


Can You Make Someone Who Only Wants Intermittent FMLA Take Continuous Leave Instead?



I’ll wait patiently while you grab your pearls for clutching.

We know that the Family and Medical Leave Act permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of covered leave in a 12-month period. That leave can be taken in a continuous block. Or, it can be taken in your favorite form: intermittent.

Intermittent leave involves taking leave in separate blocks of time for a single qualifying reason. (Technically, employees can also use FMLA on a reduced leave schedule by reducing the employee’s usual weekly or daily work...