Compensation

Working Families Flexibility Act Seeks to Legalize Comp Time in Lieu of OT

This bill strikes an important balance for employees and employers on an issue that has become more and more important to the American worker — flexibility and time.

If you are a private employer, it is 100 percent illegal for you to provide employees comp time in lieu of overtime for hours worked by non-exempt employees over 40 hours in a work week. If a non-exempt employee works overtime, you must pay them overtime, and you violate the FLSA if you provide comp time in its place. The…

Equal Pay Day and Voting with Your Feet

Companies were unofficially put on notice last week: Close pay gaps for women or pay in other ways, like turnover, retention and brand reputation.

April 4 was Equal Pay Day. It’s not a bank holiday, so no one got to stay home from work, but it is an important date for women. LeanIn.org, the nonprofit Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg created to make the workplace better for women, launched its latest campaign/hashtag on the 4th. Joining #BanBossy and #LeanInTogether, #20PercentCounts shines a bright light on…

HR Fares Well in Annual Randstad Salary Guide

Benefits and comp workers over $79K; senior-level HR executives at roughly $126K, report notes.

Randstad recently released its annual salary guide. Staffing Agency Randstad released its 2017 Salary Guides, which cover seven industries including human resources. With the low unemployment rate and a skilled labor shortage, HR organizations must position themselves to attract and retain top talent, according to the guide released Feb. 21. Across generations, gender and education levels, salary and benefits was…

The 6th Nominee for Worst Employer of 2017 Is the Double-Booked Recordkeeper

How many sets of time and pay records should you keep on employees? I hope your answer is 'one.'

The previous nominee for the Worst Employer of 2017 may not end up as the last employer standing when I tally the votes at year’s end (at least according to some of the comments and tweets I received). Today’s nominee, however, should receive more universal support (or disgust, as the case may be). How many sets of time and pay records should…

If I Could Instantly Vaporize the FLSA …

The FLSA isn’t going anywhere. But, these examples demonstrate that legislators’ and regulators’ unwillingness to bring it into the latter 20th century, let alone the 21st.

Nearly six years ago, Walter Olson, writing as his Overlawyered blog, asked the following question: “If I could press a button and instantly vaporize one sector of employment law…”? This was my answer: The Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA needs to go because compliance is impossible. Congress enacted the FLSA during the Great Depression to combat the sweatshops that…

By the Numbers: When Payday Rolls Around

Every employee looks forward to payday. Check out Workforce's By The Numbers animation of interesting statistics involving payday.

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. This month? Payday. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

The Salesforce Pitch for Equity, Equality

What is the distinction between "diversity" and "equality"?

  If you don’t like the answer, you can always change the question. Especially if you have money. Lots of money. There are a lot of companies across America that struggle with diversity hiring. It’s under-utilized in multiple job families, and even as employers try to attract diverse talent, it hasn’t gone great. After all, not everyone wants to work…

By The Numbers: When Payday Rolls Around

Every employee looks forward to that jingle in the pocket.

Each month Workforce looks at important stats in the human resources sector. Here are the topics we’re keeping an eye on for January 2017. Comment below or email editors@workforce.com. Follow Workforce on Twitter at @workforcenews.

New York Passes First-of-Kind Bill to Protect Freelancers

The bill, which the Freelancers’ Union helped draft, was introduced to the City Council a year ago.

Freelancers in New York got a boost with the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. As the U.S. gig economy continues to grow, New York City has made one of the first efforts nationwide to protect freelance workers. The City Council recently passed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, which establishes and enhances protections for freelancers, independent contractors and other workers not covered…

What Happens to the New FLSA Salary Test Under President Trump?

You cannot, and should not, hope for a reprieve from these rules at the 11th hour.

The one employment-law question I’ve been asked most since waking up last Wednesday to the reality that The Donald will be The President (aside from, “How did this happen?” and for that I direct you to John Oliver’s excellent 30-minute soliloquy of an answer from his Sunday night HBO program — warning, language NSFW) is, “Does this mean that the new…