Complain About Me? No Raise for You!

"Preventing retaliation is a balancing act, says Attorney Judith A. Moldover. You've got the manager storming around, saying "I'm going to get this person." And you've also got a complaining employee who is strutting around thinking he or she is bulletproof because of raising a protected complaint."

Find the balance, Moldover says. When you get wind of a manager’s action that might be retaliatory—like denying a raise—put the situation in context and try to view it from the employee’s perspective.

Context Matters

With retaliation, context matters, Moldover says. Of course, no one’s going to be happy about losing a raise, but a lot of retaliation is not so obvious. Take, for example, a schedule change. One person might not care at all, while another might care a great deal. For instance, a single mother with a carefully arranged daycare schedule might find a schedule change adverse if she has no other options.


Hostess’ Demise? Due to Sad Lack of Trust

"t’s a sad day for me, says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies®, Ho-Hos®, and Ding Dongs®, is going out of business. While my midsection may not look like it, I haven’t had a Twinkie—or any other Hostess product, for that matter—in more than 30 years. But I hate to see them go, he says."

Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his thoughts on trust (and Twinkies) in a recent edition of The Oswald Letter.


7 Most Common Misconceptions Around Exemptions

"Exemption mistakes can result in enormous liability for employers, yet many employers put surprisingly little thought into their classification decisions. And unfortunately, many employers misunderstand or misapply exemptions even when they are sincerely trying to comply with the law."

To identify the most common exemption myths, we turned to BLR’s Wage & Hour Compliance—Practical Solutions for HR.


5 Questions for Big-Picture Managers in 2013

"As we kick off 2013, it’s a great time to take a step back as a manager and assess your situation, says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald, and he’s got five questions that will force you to do just that."

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day activities of managing and lose sight of the bigger picture. The beginning of a new year provides a natural break for you to take a deep breath and consider how to make 2013 a success, says Oswald, CEO of BLR, who offered his thoughts in a recent edition of The Oswald Letter.


FLSAspeak—‘Management,’ ‘Customarily’ and ‘Particular Weight’

"Yesterday’s Advisor answered the question of how much nonexempt work an exempt employee may do; today, definitions around
 the executive exemption plus an introduction to the best way to ID exemption problems."

Once again, we turn to BLR/HRHero’s Wage & Hour Self-audit Guide: Practical Solutions for HR for guidance.


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