Blog Posts for August 2015

The Final Word on How to Pay Home Healthcare Workers?

August 26, 2015

Since 2013, employers in the home health industry have been waiting for the final word on revised regulations by the Department of Labor (DOL) which would essentially prevent them from using the popular “companionship services” exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay. The wait may finally be over. A recent decision overturns a January 2015 ruling and holds that the DOL has the authority to extend the minimum wage and overtime protections to direct care workers employed by third parties.

Who are direct care workers?

Some Essentials for Your Performance Management Process

August 24, 2015

A growing number of companies are rethinking the way employee performance is measured. Some companies such as Adobe and Microsoft have done away with numerical rankings, while others, like Accenture, have eliminated annual performance reviews altogether.  Recently, an article appeared in the New York Times describing the other extreme at Amazon, where reportedly data is used extensively for vigorous performance management.

LGBT Workplace Policies: What Employers Need to Know Today

August 11, 2015

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - the federal agency that enforces civil rights laws and investigates complaints of job discrimination – saw the number of cases filed relating to discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity increase by 40 percent from 2013 to 2014. Experts predict that the number of complaints will continue to rise.

Given the unprecedented pace of change in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) related legislation, companies should re-examine their workplace policies.

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