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The HR Specialist

When harsh winter weather bumps up against the FLSA, the result can be a blizzard of pay problems for you. Employees often come in late, leave early or miss work altogether when the weather is bad. How should you count their hours—and their pay?

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If you don’t use HR-related apps right now, there is a good chance you will in the near future. Here are some apps worth checking out to save time and administrative costs:

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You know this list by heart: the interview questions that must never, ever be asked. Others in your company could probably use a reminder. Seven questions never to ask:

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Washington, D.C., and Seattle top the list of metropolitan areas experiencing the highest annual wage growth since the recession ended. (The national average was $2,330.)

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HR Law 101: There are two important reasons you need to protect your company’s trade secrets: (1) You make it less likely that confidential information will be misappropriated. (2) It will be easier for you to seek relief in court if your secrets are stolen …  

         

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HR Law 101: Since 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act has provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for the birth, adoption or foster care of a child; caring for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or convalescence after an employee’s own serious health condition …

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Just in time for the holidays, Toys ‘R’ Us will be giving a deaf Maryland woman $35,000 to settle an EEOC complaint that store managers discriminated against her during the hiring process.

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A former postal worker has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to workers’ compensation fraud. Her problems began in 2009 when co-workers spotted her looking quite fit while competing on television’s “The Price is Right” game show …

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Determined to retain workers now that business is getting better? Here are several real-life examples of things that organizations have done in recent years to keep workers from moving on to greener pastures.

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Small business owners won’t be able go online to buy health insurance for their employees until November 2014. Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services suggests doing it the old-fashioned way—through a broker.

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