The HR Specialist

Three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. According to a Harris Poll/CareerBuilder survey of more than 5,000 workers, 38% of employees said they sometimes live paycheck to paycheck, 15% said they usually do and 23% said they always do.

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Does your organization have more than $1 million in federal contracts? If so, you may have to change any arbitration agreements you have in place covering certain claims.

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Starting Dec. 1, new DOL rules take effect that nearly double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers become exempt from having to be paid overtime.

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Don’t just guess at which benefits your employees want or where they’d like to hold the holiday party this year. Several free web-based survey tools let HR instantly take the pulse of their employees.

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When you want to gain approval for a new HR initiative, enlist a network of line-management allies to champion your case. It’s one of the best ways to fast-track your new program—and enhance HR’s stature within your organization.

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It’s the familiar “bud to boss” problem. When exemplary employees are rewarded with promotion into the management ranks, it’s easy to forget that new supervisors don’t have the same background as others who have always worked on the boss side of things.

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If part of your job involves dealing with outside employment law attorneys and reviewing their invoices, know what kind of overcharges to look for.

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It’s been a busy summer for the beleaguered lawyers at the U.S. Department of Labor. On Aug. 19, the DOL filed briefs in three separate cases filed against it in federal courts, covering everything from benefits advice to safety records to resisting unionization.

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As of Sept. 1, you have just three months to begin complying with the Department of Labor’s new rules for paying white-collar overtime. Here’s what you need to do—now!

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As open enrollment season for benefits approaches, employers have a significant opportunity to educate employees on traditional and voluntary benefits and how they can be used to address financial concerns.

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