Archive for November, 2016
Just before Thanksgiving, US District Court Judge Mazzant (Eastern District of Texas) issued a temporary injunction barring the FLSA Final Overtime Rule from going into effect on December 1. The Rule, once in effect, would have increased the minimum annual salary from $23,660 to $47,416. The “white collar duties” test, previously in effect, will remain active.
Imagine walking into a new job and nothing is ready for you – you have no desk, computer, and your supervisor is nowhere to be found. All the enthusiasm you brought with you instantly fades and now self-doubt fills its place. Was taking this job the right call?
It’s never an organization’s intention to let down a new hire on their first day, but it happens more often than you’d think. In order keep this from happening, you need to put time into and have a plan for an employee’s first day.
Just as you put time into hiring – sourcing, interviewing, reference checking, and negotiating – you need to put the same, if not more, effort into welcoming them. The new hire is nervous, you’re nervous. This first day is so very crucial to setting the tone for their tenure at your organization. It’s your job as a supervisor of a new employee to use these steps to ensure a smooth transition.
Where is your new person going to sit? They may not sit down most of the first day, but having their designated space helps your new hire feel more “at home.” On top of it being “their” space, it should be clean, organized and well-stocked with supplies. Communicate with them about the rules of personalizing their space and expectations of housekeeping and tidiness.
If you are graced with a budget surplus as your year winds down, you obviously have important decisions to make. Coming in under budget is good, but will your 2017 budget be cut as a result? Will you be asked to do even more with less next year? Manage your surplus to position your department and company in an even better spot next year. If you decide to use your budget to help your HR or payroll department, consider the following:
Last night the voices of the nation proved the media and election polls wrong. For many the election of Donald Trump to the presidency signaled a call for change. What happens now is a nation that proved itself significantly divided, but ready for a major shake-up, will begin to repair itself and wait to see what January 2017 brings.
We are a nation of amazing people. Each one of us is a little different, but it is when the people of this nation unite that we are at our best. Right now half of our country feels raw, but it is up to us as individuals and as a nation to work together towards making our country stronger and once again unified. It is up to us in HR to ensure all employees feel safe at work and not discriminated against.
I recently caught up watching Game of Thrones. Most everyone knows that the HBO show Game of Thrones, based on a series of books by George R.R. Martin, follows a multitude of story lines across the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. It’s a world with dragons, beheadings, and exciting and yes, bizarre story lines. So how am I going to connect Game of Thrones to the payroll world?
Core to the show is Jon Snow’s warning that “winter is coming.” Of course this resonates in early November in the Midwest, as both the anticipated cold air and the early holiday decorations reveal.