What’s Hot in HR

MENTAL HEALTH & THE WORKPLACE

Mental health at work is a seldom talked about issue – yet it is one of the biggest reasons for poor performance, absenteeism, and job loss. Sometimes, the job itself can cause some stress, with or without underlying mental health issues. Mental Health America recently published a survey with some sobering data: 9 in 10 […]

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Employees are one of the greatest assets a company can have.  They take care of business in a myriad of ways. Whether it’s customer service, food service, crunching numbers, writing policies, or cleaning the bathroom, employees are the lifeblood of any organization. While it is true that employees are hired to perform tasks for a […]

WHAT’S HOT IN HR

Ever since March 2020, we have taken thousands of calls about how the pandemic is changing the typical business model. Overnight (literally), many businesses had to close, reduce occupancy, or shift to a remote work model.  We find ourselves in this position again with Nevada’s current Statewide Pause. Even before we were in the midst […]

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2020 has many of us in a charged emotional state.  Between the pandemic, civil unrest, and economic troubles, it is difficult to identify how we feel sometimes. Now, more than ever, we have an opportunity to educate our staff when it comes to inclusive behavior.  Different backgrounds, religions, morals, ethics, and values all come into […]

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One thing that makes Nevada unique (in the wage and hour world), is our tiered minimum wage. We have one wage for employees that are offered qualifying benefits and another, slightly higher wage, for those that are NOT offered medical benefits. We had these wages in place for many years, without really knowing what was […]

WHAT’S HOT IN HR

Being in human resources during a pandemic is a bit of trial by fire.  That said, being in human resources is always a touchy position. We guard the castle, keep the secrets, announce and enforce policy, pay employees, handle medical benefits, listen to grievances, and sometimes even grab lunch for everyone.  We hire, fire, promote, […]

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Remote workers (and how to engage them) As we roll into the second decade of the 21st century, the workplace continues to change.  Telecommuting (aka, working remotely) is becoming more prevalent as technology becomes more robust.  There are many jobs that no longer require a presence in the traditional office setting.  Working from home one […]

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Picture this: One of your long-term employees has called out, on average, twice a week for the last 6 weeks. When he calls out, he tells his manager it is to care for his wife, who is ill. His work starts to fall behind. The manager is getting frustrated and writes him up for excessive […]

WHAT’S HOT IN HR

HR is customer service. Human resources has come a long way since it’s early days.  Think “personnel,” when all HR did was handle disciplinary actions, hire, fire and maybe payroll.  Today, HR can wear many hats.  HR handles administrative tasks, payroll, benefits, employee relations, recruiting, and retention.  In some cases, HR also handles IT, risk […]

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Some of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage provisions are changing as of January 1, 2020. Jobs that are governed by the FLSA are referred to as exempt (often called “salary”) or non-exempt (often called “hourly”).  Non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime.  Exempt employees are not (think, exempted from overtime). To be considered exempt […]

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