Hurricanes, Tornados, and Wildfires: Who Gets Paid When You Close?

"As if disasters weren't enough of a hassle, they are always accompanied by scads of picky wage and hour questions. Let's break it down."

If a company opens two hours late because of a snowstorm, should an employer pay employees who show up earlier because they didn’t hear the announcement?

What time does the workday end when employees are given the option to go home because an incident such as a gas leak forces evacuation of the building?
What if the employer sends them home subject to recall when the facility is safe again?


One Time You Never Want to Audit

"In yesterday’s Advisor, we covered the benefits of doing your own FLSA audits; today, the one circumstance in which you should not audit, plus an introduction to the book we call “The FLSA Bible.”"

In almost every case, you’re going to be ahead of the game—and the DOL investigators—when you conduct your own wage and hour audit. But the one case where you could get burned—big time—is when management isn’t committed to fix the problems the audit uncovers.

Here’s the problem—you never know what the results of the audit will be. Too many managers make the mistake of assuming that everything will be OK.  But audits often uncover problems like exempt/nonexempt misclassification, failure to pay overtime, failure to pay for donning and doffing time, allowing off-the-clock work, etc.


Don’t Be An %#*hole!

"A colleague recently suggested I read the book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t ., says business and leadership blogger Dan Oswald. Maybe I should have asked what his motives were in suggesting that I read this particular book. I didn’t. Some things you just don’t want to know!"

Oswald, CEO of BLR, offered his thoughts on the worst in management in a recent edition of The Oswald Letter.

The book was a New York Times bestseller, Oswald continues, so plenty of people have read it. I’d say it has some good lessons for everyone. But, what amazed me were some of the stories the author, Robert I. Sutton, told about assholes in the workplace.


Want DOL to Do Your FLSA Audit, or Should You Do It?

"Eventually, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is going to come calling, and you don't want problems to surface then—you want to find them yourself and fix them first, for far less money and with far less hassle."

It shouldn’t be hard to calculate pay and overtime, yet employers are losing big-dollar wage and hour lawsuits with alarming frequency. What’s happening and how can you make sure that you are not next?

Why the Upswing in Wage and Hour Lawsuits?

FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) lawsuits are on the increase, and there are three main reasons why:


Never Put These in a Job Description

"In yesterday's Advisor, we discussed what to include in job descriptions; today we tell you what to leave out. And we'll reveal a handy program that makes quick work of all your job description tasks. "

Essential job elements … exposure to physical hazards … pay grade … the list of what should be in a job description is long. But what should you keep OUT of job descriptions?

Here’s a checklist taken from BLR’s popular Job Descriptions Encyclopedia. How many of these “no-no’s” will you find in your job descriptions?


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