Nuts-and-Bolts: Changes to Annual VETS Reporting

After the reporting period for 2014, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS or the Agency) issued a final ruling that would modify the reporting requirements under the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974. In previous years, Federal contractors and subcontractors were required to report the total number of employees who belonged to a number of categories protected under the VEVRAA, in addition to the total number of protected veterans who were hired during the reporting period.  (more…)

Are You a Macro or Micro Thinker?

Most of us are familiar with micromanagers, and we discussed this type of poor management style in our post, Horrible Bosses – The Bad, The Ugly, The Terrible. However, the term “micro” can be applied to other aspects of our professional lives as well. As it pertains to our thought processes in the workplace, micro versus macro thinking can make a huge difference in productivity, interactions with coworkers, and overall business operations. (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Describing the Job

Even though we know job descriptions are absolutely essential for every employer, it is one of the most commonly out of date documents in the workplace (maybe second to performance reviews).  Job descriptions should clearly identify what is expected of that position and what essential functions they should provide.  A good job description will assist employees and managers with job duties, help with identifying essential functions for ADA requirements and workers compensation situations, and even help in the recruitment for an open position.  A good job description will consist of the following elements:

  • Job title, a brief description of the position, and the position classification (e.g. FLSA status, full-time or part-time)
  • Essential functions of the position and additional responsibilities
  • Environment, material/equipment used, and physical activities required
  • Proficiencies, education, and experience required
  • Signature line for employee and manager/supervisor


The Workplace Grudge

It happens. You get into a spat with a coworker, an employee makes a huge mistake, or your supervisor does you wrong in some way. While it is ideal to forgive and forget and move on, sometimes it is more complicated than that, and we find ourselves being perpetually bitter and hold grudges.  (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Preparing for New Exempt Rules

Last Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL), acting upon President Obama’s directive, issued proposed rules for significant changes to the exempt classifications. These proposed changes are the first major modifications to the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) since 2004. You can find the proposed rules and more information on the DOL site here: Proposed FLSA Rule Changes (more…)