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Navigating Overtime Pay: A Breakdown of White Collar Exemptions

by Tim AustinJanuary 14, 2020 8:00 AM

With recent changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many business owners – and their employees – are trying to figure out exactly who qualifies as exempt from overtime pay under the new rules. Unless you’re ready to dig into Department of Labor (DOL) fact sheets and other documents, it’s not always clear just what counts as white collar exemption these days. To help, we’ve put together a breakdown of these exemptions to help you properly classify your employees.

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Now Hiring: Transportation Industry

by Sidney DossNovember 25, 2019 8:00 AM

It is no surprise, that many companies are currently hiring. With unemployment being at an all-time low, many employers are having a hard time finding quality employees.

One industry that has faced scary headlines is the transportation industry. With the growth of self-driving technology, transportation companies, such as Atlanta-based UPS, one might think that the transportation industry would be hiring at a lower rate or possibly consider laying people off. This happens to be far from the truth. In fact, the transport sector is showing surprising growth. 

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How to Fire an Employee: What to Do Before, During, and After Termination

by Tim AustinNovember 7, 2019 8:00 AM

Employees play a massive part in the success of your company. Of course, this also means that a bad employee can also lead to potential inefficiencies and other issues. 

Firing an employee is a difficult reality of running a business. While the situation is unpleasant for everyone involved, there are right and wrong ways to go about the termination process. In fact, there are several steps you need to take before, during, and after you fire an employee. Here’s what you need to know to take the right route during the termination process.

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How Much PTO Should Employees Receive?

by Tim AustinSeptember 23, 2019 5:07 PM

Paid time off (PTO), while an attractive employee benefit, can present some challenges for small business owners. From determining the number of PTO days to creating an employee leave policy to tracking time off, there’s a lot that must be taken into consideration. Use this guide to determine how much PTO your employees should receive.

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Managing Different Personalities in the Workplace

by Tim AustinSeptember 3, 2019 7:39 PM

Personality tests can be an effective tool in employee recruitment, training, and development. As your business grows and becomes more diverse, a one-size-fits-all approach to employee management won’t work well on a team made up of different personality types. Company leaders will need to have a better understanding of what makes employees tick and how to encourage everyone to play nice in the workplace.

Managing different personality types in the workplace can present its challenges. As a result, you’ll need to be flexible with your employee management style. Using Deloitte’s Business Chemistry, here’s how to manage employees with these four different personalities.

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The Legal Requirements for Starting a Business

by Tim AustinAugust 29, 2019 2:54 PM

Starting a new business is an exciting endeavor, but it also requires a lot of preparation. Part of this process includes taking measures to make sure the business is set up properly so that you can legally conduct business. Here’s what you need to do to make sure that your new business is ready for success according to federal, state, and local regulations.

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New Jersey Raises Minimum Wage: What it Means for Business Owners

by Makenzie RizzoJuly 22, 2019 8:00 AM

The first wave of minimum wage increases hit New Jersey employers July 1 after state legislators reached the deal earlier in the year. However, business owners need to prepare themselves for more than just this initial wage boost. Here’s what New Jersey employers need to know about New Jersey’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 – and why business owners across the country should pay attention.

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Summer Intern Series: Keeping Up with the Future of HR

by Andrea LibalJuly 18, 2019 3:51 PM

When you’re thinking of starting a business, your passion is ultimately what drives you to provide the best product or service. The first thing that comes to your head is not about the technology you need for payroll, or how you are going to recruit top talent. Need an employee handbook? “I’ll type something up real quick.” 

These are just a few of the many human resource topics you can easily put on the backburner without realizing the full scope of responsibilities you now carry as a business owner. As for the future of HR, it’s only getting more crucial for businesses to stay compliant with laws and stay protected.

Two small business owners responsible for many HR functions, including payroll and taxes. 

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Overcoming High Employee Turnover

by Brice DelphJuly 8, 2019 7:30 AM

As concerns pile up, employee morale can go downhill quickly. Losing employees can be very challenging. The domino effect is real and immediate. Employees can feel a broad range of emotions: overwhelmed, resentful, left behind, envious, mad, sad. It’s hard to think strategically when you’re in reactive mode, so what do you do to be in proactive mode? 

Leaders who embrace change set a positive tone for everyone. Turnover should be expected. By having a process in place, you can leverage departures as an opportunity to grow and learn. Take a look at these five steps that can prevent high turnover.

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Taboo Topics: Illegal Interview Questions You Shouldn’t Ask Job Candidates

by Mark LeeJune 27, 2019 8:00 AM

It’s no surprise that it’ll take a lot of questions to determine whether a job candidate is the right fit for your company. However, you may not know that there are quite a few interview questions that can land your company in trouble. 

One example of this is the city of Cincinnati’s new Salary Equity Ordinance, a measure that passed in 2019 and will take effect in March 2020. At that time, it will be illegal for employers in Cincinnati to ask about a job candidate’s pay history. This measure impacts any step of the hiring process, ranging from job ads to employee interviews.

While Cincinnati employers must adjust to the Salary Equity Ordinance, there are many other types of questions that are disallowed from the interview process across the country. An illegal question can lead to a variety of consequences, including a discrimination lawsuit or an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). This means you’ll want to brush up on which interview questions can lead to EEOC complaints.

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