Entries by Ed Lowry

Employers Rethink Pay Practices After Overtime Rule

Employers Rethink Pay Practices After Overtime Rule Challenges include using bonuses to push employees over the exempt threshold The Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), released May 18, will mean adjusting numerous compensation practices to comply with the new rule, HR managers and advisors say. The pay-related […]

How We Can Be the Best Version of Ourselves

As employees and leaders, the people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards.  They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or encourage us to become lessor versions of ourselves.  In turn, how we act and communicate will help them either become the best or lessor version of themselves.  In […]

USCIS: Expired Form I-9 Still in Effect

Employers have until April 27 to comment on proposed changes to new form. The current version of the Form I-9, the most fundamental tool HR professionals use to determine if applicants are eligible to work in the U.S., expired on March 31. Until further notice, though, employers should keep using the expired form until the […]

How to Recruit for a Winning Work Culture

So your organization has been deemed a “best place to work.” Now what? How do you communicate the company’s winning culture and values to job seekers? And how do you ensure that new hires will be a positive complement to that culture? A useful barometer can be found by looking at the common attributes of […]

Employers May Be Held Liable for Employees’ Cyberbullying

If evidence of cyberbullying connects back to work, however tenuously, employers may be on the hook. A stand-alone cyberbullying policy may not be necessary to address the problem, according to Nathan Pangrace, an attorney with Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland. But harassment policies and use-of-technology policies should clearly prohibit cyberbullying, he said. So should anti-discrimination […]

Happy Holidays from Elevate Consulting

  The Christmas season means something different to every person and family.  So, blessings to you and may this joyous season offer you the opportunity to enjoy time withy our loved ones. Best wishes to your family this season and always. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New year from Elevate Consulting, where our goal is to elevate […]

How Do You Say ‘Thank You’ to Employees?

There’s no denying it. Work can be a grind. You put in a lot of blood, sweat and sometimes tears, and it often seems like no one notices.  Below is a compilation of how some HR Professionals and Managers say, ‘Thank You’ to their employees. In honor of this month’s focus on giving thanks, we […]

8 Best Practices for Open Enrollment Communications

As open enrollment is upon many companies, this recent article by Laura Kerekes, SHRM-SCP comes to mind  She is the chief knowledge officer at ThinkHR Corporation, an HR advisory firm.  It’s quite relevant at this particular time and wanted to share. Employees can miss out on the valuable offerings you spent so much time putting together It’s no secret […]

Arbitration Case Before Supreme Court Will Impact Employment Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a nonemployment case will likely have serious ramifications for employers’ use of arbitration agreements with class-action waivers. The justices on Oct. 6, 2015, reviewed the decision of a California appellate court that affirmed the denial of arbitration to DirecTV in an action filed by past subscribers challenging the company’s […]