HR Spotlight

HR Tip of the Month

Question: If our company closes due to inclement weather, are we required to pay employees? Can we require PTO use? The answer depends on whether the employees are exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Exempt employees must still be...

Minneapolis Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance

On August 8, 2019, the Minneapolis City Council passed the Wage Theft Prevention Ordinance, creating new requirements for Minneapolis employers and giving the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights enforcement power.  The ordinance will take effect...

Reminder: EEO-1 Is Due by September 30, 2019

On September 29, 2016, the EEOC announced that it would collect summary pay data from certain employers for the first time as part of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) for 2017 that was due on March 31, 2018. However, before the report was due,...

Five Tips for Effective Meetings

If you want to get a snapshot of your organization’s efficiency and the health of its culture, look at your meetings. Are they efficient and productive? Do their results justify the time and expense? Are meetings an occasion for collaboration, knowledge-sharing,...

Employee Record Retention Guidelines

A business’ file storage system can be an asset or added liability, depending on its upkeep. Employee records are one of the trickier aspects of records management; it can be easy to confuse what documents should be kept or destroyed and on what timeline....

HR Tip of the Month

Question: What happens if someone is misclassified as an independent contractor? There are many potential liabilities resulting from misclassification and they come from several sources: namely, the IRS, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation,...

Paid Sick Leave Popular

We’ve all seen it—one of our employees has a bad cold, maybe even the flu, but they come to work anyway. In some cases, the employee has the option of taking time off, and you’d prefer they do so, but still they show up, putting everyone in the...

EEO-1 Reporting Requirements Finalized

The hotly contested issue of what exactly needs to be filed for EEO-1 reporting this year has been resolved—at least for now. Pay data for both 2017 and 2018 must be reported to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by September 30, 2019....

HR Tip of the Month

Does your workplace have too much chit-chat? A lot of employers are in the same boat, and they want to find the right balance between forbidding chit-chat and permitting too much of it. The right amount likely depends on the nature of the workplace and...

What is Section 7 of the NLRA?

Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to limit certain labor and management practices that can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses,...