| Friday, January 18th, 2013
"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.
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.
| Thursday, January 17th, 2013
"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.
Wage and Hour
| Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
"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.
Wage and Hour
| Thursday, January 10th, 2013
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."