The HR Specialist

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, exempt employees must be paid the same salary regardless of the quality or quantity of their work.

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Before you honor a customer’s race preference, remember that doing so could expose you to liability for racial discrimination.

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Before you approve a reduction in force, make sure supervisors don’t use the layoffs as a way to get rid of employees they don’t like.

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Poll shows that most Americans back new OT rules.

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Having trouble getting senior management to take the new overtime regulations seriously? If executives seem to believe they can wait to get serious, scare them straight with these warnings.

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In a significant defeat for small business, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on June 10 upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial “ambush election” rule that critics say unfairly makes it easier for unions to organize.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a message for employers that ignore its new accident reporting requirements: If you miss the shortened reporting requirement, expect a surprise inspection or two.

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No federal law dictates what information must be included on employment applications. However, there are certain statements you may want to include.

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On paper, zero-tolerance policies seem like a good idea: You warn employees that your organization will not tolerate even one instance of on-the-job misconduct. But life isn’t always so simple.

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When faced with an employee who may have a physical or mental disability, a manager’s legal antenna should go up right away. The ADA requires employers to engage in an interactive dialog with employees to determine whether a disability can be accommodated. Do it wrong, and you’re probably looking at a lawsuit. Here’s how to handle the conversation.

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