HR Intelligence

Knowledge and tips to manage human resources issues important to business.


How to Pay for Employee Travel Time

Non-exempt workers, as the term implies, are not exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules and regulations. Employees who fall into this category must be given overtime pay of not less than one-and-a-half times their hourly rate for any hours worked beyond 40 each week. But what do you pay these employees when they travel for business purposes?

Travel time pay rules are confusing, even to the most experienced manager. The following are some travel time scenarios and how to handle them:

Overnight travel or business trips


Handling Wage Deductions and Protecting Company Property

“My employee didn’t return their company phone — can I deduct the value from his or her last paycheck?” Unfortunately, this is a frequently-asked question among today’s employers.

With telecommuting and flexible work arrangements becoming more common workplace practices, company-issued laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices are often used outside of the office.

So what happens when a former employee does not return company property? The answer is: it depends.

State laws apply


The Pitfalls of Paying Bonuses

If you polled 100 random people on the street, it would be tough to find anyone who does not like work bonuses.

Employees like them for obvious reasons — recognition and monetary reward for a job well done. Employers like them because they can lead to a boost in productivity, morale and foster loyalty. Companies also use bonuses as an incentive to attract and retain top talent, which has taken on added importance as the labor market grows tighter.

But like all things employment, there are legal risks to consider when offering bonuses.


What You Need to Know About Pre-employment Criminal Background Checks

The use of pre-employment background checks has become commonplace and many companies choose to include these screenings as part of their overall hiring process. For some industries, background checks are not a choice but a necessity because they are required by state or federal law. As a result, employers must be well-versed in the use of background checks to avoid any legal minefields.


2016 Minimum Wage Hikes

A number of states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2016. See the latest information on upcoming changes across the country.


Harassment Claims on the Rise in the Workplace

Workplace harassment remains a harsh and unavoidable reality in America. Complaints of harassment cut across all industries and represent about 30 percent of all the charges received by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission every year.

Reported in the Business Journals