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Top HR and Payroll News from Around the Web - December 12, 2017

Posted by Kit Dickinson on Dec 12, 2017 7:45:00 AM
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There’s a lot going on in the world of human resources and payroll. We’ll help you stay connected and informed with the latest news and developments. This month includes the latest on the DOL's labor policy issues, important FLSA cases you should know about, and tips for recognizing the holidays at work.

Check out these top HR and payroll articles from the last month.

What Would a New FLSA Overtime Rule Look Like?

Via SHRM. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has gone on record saying that the FLSA's exempt salary threshold needs to be raised, but not by as much as the blocked Obama administration-era rule would have required. So what would a new rule look like? This article takes a stab at it.

Stop Overtime Abuse with 4 Steps, Smart Policy

Via Business Management Daily. Unenforced overtime rules are costing companies billions of dollars and triggering more FLSA lawsuits than ever before. Here are some common scenarios of overtime abuse, and helpful ways you can prevent unauthorized overtime at your organization.

No Appetite for Fluctuating Workweek OT Calculation

Via Workforce. Just because Federal law allows a certain overtime calculation method, that doesn't mean your company can use it. Occasionally, state laws prevent applying certain calculations under certain circumstances. General Nutrition Centers Inc. recently made that discovery in court. Find out what happened, and how to protect your company.

Informal Pressure To Work Overtime Is Risky For Everyone

Via Bloomberg BNA. A recent survey found that more than three-quarters (78 percent) of U.S. workers believe that working more hours is at least moderately important to getting ahead in their careers. But working long hours comes at a cost, for both employers and employees. This article sheds light on the fallout - financial and otherwise - of putting in overtime on a regular basis.

Labor Dept. Aggressively Pursuing Back Pay

Via Business Management Daily. Many business owners expect that the Trump Administration's business-friendly stance means it will pay less attention to FLSA violations. But the Department of Labor is aggressively trying to recover back pay for workers who claim they’re being stiffed by employers that violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. It is also enforcing government contracting rules, pushing settlements on federal contractors found to be underpaying workers.

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