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10 May 2018
Q&A: We have an hourly employee who will be working at two different locations and under two titles, 25 hours at one location and 25 hours at the other. Will he need to be paid overtime?

Yes. Titles, job duties, and locations are irrelevant—focus only on the total number of hours worked by the individual for your organization. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, non-exempt employees...

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03 May 2018
Q&A: We have over 50 employees, so I know the FMLA applies to us, but how do I determine whether an employee is eligible? And what do I do if they are?

Question: We have over 50 employees, so I know the FMLA applies to us, but how do I determine whether an employee is eligible? And what do I do if...

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26 Apr 2018
Q&A: An employee quit without notice midway through the workweek. Do I have to pay them for the days they didn’t work?

Question: An employee quit without notice midway through the workweek. Do I have to pay them for the days they didn’t work? Answer from Ophelia, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP: No. If...

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19 Apr 2018
Q&A: Do we have to pay employees for time spent at outside training courses?

Question: Do we have to pay employees for time spent at outside training courses? Answer from Jenny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP: Yes, you will most likely be required to pay for the...

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29 Mar 2018
Q&A: Can we tell employees not to dye their hair with bright colors?

Question: Can we tell employees not to dye their hair with bright colors? Answer from Rachel, SHRM-CP: Yes, you can tell employees not to dye their hair, but there are...

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22 Mar 2018
Q&A: Can I prohibit wage discussions?

Question: Can I prohibit wage discussions? Answer from Kim, SPHR, SHRM-SCP: Employers may not prohibit, or even discourage, employees from discussing their wages with one another. Likewise, employers may not...

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15 Mar 2018
Q&A: We are about to hire our 15th employee. I heard that some federal regulations go into effect then. What do I need to know about these?

Question: We are about to hire our 15th employee. I heard that some federal regulations go into effect then. What do I need to know about these? Answer from Margaret,...

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08 Mar 2018
Q&A: What is the difference between an exempt employee and a non-exempt employee? And how do I know who’s who in my office?

Question: What is the difference between an exempt employee and a non-exempt employee? And how do I know who’s who in my office? Answer from Kara, JD, SPHR:   Good...

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01 Mar 2018
Q&A: I received an email purportedly from our CEO requesting copies of employee payroll records. I checked with her, and she did not send this email. Could this be a phishing scam?

Question: I received an email purportedly from our CEO requesting copies of employee payroll records. I checked with her, and she did not send this email. Could this be a...

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25 Feb 2018
Q&A: Can the same person be both an employee and an independent contractor?

Question: Can the same person be both an employee and an independent contractor? Answer from Monica, SPHR, SHRM-CP: According to IRS guidelines, it is possible to have a W-2 employee...

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