Walking the Talk

Whether an entry level employee or a top executive, at the end of the day, we are all human. Part of that humanness is being frustrated on occasion, often times with coworkers and colleagues that we have to work with on a day to day basis. If you happen to be in a supervisory position, part of your responsibility as a manager is to lead by example. To “walk the talk” and practice what you preach; not just telling, but showing your employees how to behave in a professional manner.  (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Even though we know job descriptions are absolutely essential for every employer, it is one of the most commonly out of date documents in the workplace (maybe second to performance reviews).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

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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…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Summertime Wardrobes

In our last Nuts-and-Bolts post, we discussed some tips and tricks to avoid a scheduling disaster as your employees request time off during one of the busiest vacation seasons of the year. Another equally important factor that applies to dealing with summertime in the workplace is wardrobe. Heat waves are spreading across the country and employees are begging for a bit of leeway with regards to their office attire. How do you balance organizational policy and standards, while keeping your employees happy during these hot summer days? (more…)

Bring Back the Reasonableness!

A story of huge debate in recent news has been the case between an applicant and Abercrombie & Fitch, in which the clothing retailer declined to hire Samantha Elauf, an observant Muslim woman, because her head scarf violated Abercrombie & Fitch’s dress code policy of no head coverings. The Supreme Court has ruled against Abercrombie & Fitch, stating that the employee does not need to specifically ask for a religious accommodation and remanded the trial back to the lower courts. (more…)