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Florida employers: Wage and Hour Considerations and Hurricane Irma

 

Just as Texas begins its slow recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Florida braces for Hurricane Irma.  So, we must, again, look at wage and hour rules:

  1. As a result of the FLSA’s salary basis requirement, if as a result of the hurricane, you close for less than a full work week, you must pay an exempt employee for days that you are closed.  However, you generally can require that an exempt employee use PTO during a day in which you close.
     
  2. If you remain open and an exempt employee does not come
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#Nextchat: Crisis Planning and Recovery for HR

 

 

As hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in the U.S. over the past two weeks, no one could have imagined the historical nature of their effects. Even the best prepared contingency plans were put to the test. 

What is HR’s role in crisis planning and recovery? 

HR has been, is and will continue to be a focal point for how organizations get back on their feet after a disaster or crisis, no matter the cause. 

Natural disasters like hurricanes are stark reminders that you can never be too prepared. Whether...

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SHRM Connect: Gender Pronouns in Email Signature

 

SHRM Connect is an online community where SHRM members can ask questions and get answers on a variety of HR topics. It’s a great place to network with other HR professionals and share solutions.  

The conversation topics range from “HR Department of One” to Employment Law, are always insightful, and deal with some of the most pressing issues that HR professionals face in the workplace today.

While some of the conversations take on a more serious tone, others will deliver a bit of comic relief -- and on Fridays, I’ll be highlighting a conversation or two in hopes...

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HR Technology Q & A with Jazmine Wilkes

 

The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several speakers to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession.  I also reached out to a few young professionals - the future of HR -- to understand how their views on technology. 

 

Jazmine Wilkes is an HR Assistant at Valley Pizza, Inc. learning the ways...

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DACA: What HR Professionals Should Do

 

 

Once again HR professionals find themselves at the center of the national debate over immigration reform.  Earlier this year I wrote about how HR professionals should prepare their organizations to respond to uncertainty created by the travel ban and the Buy American Hire American executive order.  This time HR professionals must help their organizations and employees work through President Trump’s phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which will end on March 5, 2018 unless Congress passes legislation providing relief.

Almost 800,000 individuals currently have work authorization...

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10 Tips in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

 

Unfortunately weather disasters happen sometimes too often. Having just lived through Hurricane Harvey, I want to share my Top 10 List of employer hurricane related advice.

1.       Be prepared! As a lifetime girl scout this has always been my motto.  Ensure your team knows their responsibilities before, during and after the disaster. All your team will need to do is execute.

2.       Create a formal Crisis Management Plan, communicate and test it. Many organizations create a plan and it sits on a shelf or saved electronically collecting dust. Annually employers should...

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Workflex: A Solution for the 21st Century Workplace

 

Where did you work today? You may have put time in at the office, but you also may have tackled tasks on a plane, in a coffee shop, at home and even on vacation. 

Advances in technology have made what was once unimaginable now routine. Collaboration can happen around a conference table, through apps and even in virtual rooms, and employees can solve problems in real time from thousands of miles away. For employers, the “anytime, anywhere” workplace has been a productivity boon. 

The borderless workplace has...

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Education Reform for the HR Community

 

As an adjunct professor in a highly respected MBA program on Long Island, I have had a first-hand view of the changing landscape and intersection of HR in the business world and HR in the classroom. The education community and supporting text book publishers are failing to stay up to date on providing current and future skills and tools for our next generation of HR practitioners.

I will fall short of placing the blame on them, or the researchers and academics who create the content, as the pace of change can...

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HR Technology Q & A with Tracie Sponenberg

 

The 2017 Human Resource Executive 20th Annual HR Technology Conference takes place October 10-13 in Las Vegas.  As a 2017 HR Technology Conference Insiders Blogger, I interviewed several human resources and technology experts to get their perspective on how technology and trends are impacting the HR profession.  


Tracie Sponenberg is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling and propane supplies based in Concord, NH.  She is responsible...

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