The Value of an Open Door Policy and an Employee Complaint Process

Most employers have experienced the stressful process of having to respond to employee complaints. Whether it is an allegation of discrimination or other unfair treatment, it takes a great deal of time and effort to respond to employee complaints, but it is a necessary exercise.  If the employer fails to respond to a complaint, it …

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Work Breaks and Meal Periods

I cannot tell you the number of times that an employee has approached me and threatened to go to the Department of Labor because they were not allowed to take their fifteen (15) minute snack or smoke break and/or their meal period.  They are surprised when I tell them that the Fair Labor Standards Act …

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Fair Labor Standards Act’s Revised Overtime Regulations Now on Hold

My last post provided a simplified explanation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) revised regulations which were set to take effect on December 1, 2016.  Well, what a difference a couple of weeks make.  On November 22, 2016, a Federal Judge in Texas ruled in favor of twenty-one states, the US Chamber of Commerce …

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Simplifying the Revised Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulations

The US Department of Labor, which has Federal enforcement responsibility for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) regulations announced in May of this year that revised guidelines, governing employees’ eligibility for overtime pay, will become effective December 1, 2016. I have received inquiries from family members and friends who do not fully understand the revised …

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