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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Overview – Part I

This is the first article of three that will focus on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the requirements of employers with regards to the payment of overtime. This article will focus on what employers and employees are required to comply with in accordance with the regulations of the FLSA. The second article will … more »

Hiring Teen Workers: A Good or Bad Idea?

Hiring teen workers may seem like taking a risk for some employers. The stigma of hiring employees who cannot work late, may not have ever had a job, may not be allowed to use specific equipment, and must schedule their shifts around family vacation is very real. Who wants to hire employees with these restrictions? … more »

Tips for Working for a Younger Manager

In the world of employment, it is commonplace to assume that an employee with little to no training or experience will start with the organization in an entry-level position. Once the employee gains additional experience and knowledge about the job, they may be a great candidate for a promotion. One might call this “climbing the … more »

What is Ghost Employment?

Does your organization have ghost workers?  Let’s define the term ghost employment so that the organization’s payroll department is better able to determine if the organization supports ghost workers.  First of all, a ghost worker is an employee on paper only.  He or she may be a deceased employee who is still in the payroll … more »

What is a Wage?

Indiana courts have defined a “wage” as compensation paid on a regular basis for work performed by the employee on an ongoing basis.  In general terms, compensation that is linked to the amount of work done by the employee constitutes a wage. Vacation pay constitutes deferred compensation that is earned as an employee works, so … more »

Job Bouncing and Employee Engagement

Changing jobs regularly, whether it’s yearly, bi-yearly, or whatever, is not all that uncommon these days. The question is, why? Does it have anything to do with employee engagement? Back when I was just entering the work force—fifteen years ago exactly—securing a long-term job with a company was the ultimate goal. It wasn’t down to … more »

Administering a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Without the proper tools or education administering a workers’ compensation claim may be a headache for some organizations. Managers and employees alike should be trained on when, where, and how to report a work-related injury or illness. The first step to successfully administering a workers’ compensation claim is for organizations to have a well written … more »

Employment Eligibility Verification and the Use of the E-Verify System

Although the issue of immigration compliance in the workplace is not a new topic in the United States, it has become more and more pronounced due to the daily stories from the news media and an increased scrutiny of employers. A few months ago, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raised the level of … more »

Biometric Authentication in the Workplace

Biometric authentication has become commonplace in daily life through the use of smart phones, smart TV’s, personal computers, and other electronic devices. Years ago, people watched television programs like “Get Smart” and “Mission Impossible” and laughed because the concepts were too outlandish to be considered reality.  However, in today’s society, people continue to look for … more »




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