What should I pay? Salary vs. Hourly

Employee Classifications: This is a big question for most employers.  Do I pay employees a salary or an hourly wage?  To decide the answer, you first must determine if the person can qualify as Exempt or not: Non-Exempt/ Hourly: Most employees fall into this group.  They are paid at an hourly rate.  Such employees are …

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Are Employee Breaks required?

Must an Employer give all employees a break?  Do you have to give your employees a rest break every 4 hours?  How long does the break have to be?  Are breaks paid time or unpaid?  The answer depends on your state.   Some states do require breaks for non-exempt employees, though most do NOT have any …

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Are you ready for Secretaries Day?

When is Administrative Professionals' Day?  This day falls on the Wednesday of the last full week in April (April 27th in 2011).  Previously known as Secretaries Day, the name has changed as the title "secretary" has lost its popularity.  It is a day for management to say "thanks" to their supporting staff.  Who should be recognized on this day?  Officially, …

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Should I have a Bad Weather Policy?

You should have a written Bad Weather Policy.  Sometimes, you may have an emergency shutdown due to severe weather.  It is important that you let your employees know what your policy is when this occurs.  As part of your Employee Handbook, you should have a policy for inclement weather, stating your pay policy (usually it …

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When do you pay overtime?

When does overtime (OT) start?  40 hours in a week or 8 hours in a day?  Federal law states that an employer usually must pay time-and-a-half (1.5) after 40 hours in a week.  There are a few exceptions to this rule for certain industries (like farm laborers) and certain positions (exempt, salaried employees).  State Laws: …

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Do I have to pay employees during bad weather shutdowns?

Do you pay employees during an emergency closure?  When bad weather or a natural disaster occurs, a business can be forced to close down for a time.  The closure might be caused by weather conditions like snow, heavy rain, hurricane, tornado, flooding, or sleet.  The closure could also occur due to a natural disaster or other …

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What HR policies should be included in an Employee Handbook?

What HR policies are required for your company, considering its location, industry and size?  Employee policies and laws can get confusing.  Some HR policies are required (depending on your size/state/industry), but most are optional.  Here is a list of some of the more-common policies available: Some policies that are essential for almost all Employee Handbooks …

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How often do I have to pay employees?

How often are you required to pay a non-exempt, hourly employee?  A business can get into trouble if they do not pay their staff as often as the law requires.  Each state has different regulations (Alabama, Montana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are the exceptions).  In some states, the rules even differ, depending on the …

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Can you fire an employee for Facebook remarks?

Can you discipline or fire an employee who makes bad comments on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site?  Recently, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against American Medical Response of Connecticut, alleging that they fired an employee for the disparaging remarks she made on Facebook while on her own time.  The NLRB alleges …

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Do employees get time off to vote?

Do you have to give your employees time off for voting?  The answer is "yes" in most states, but there are specific conditions which change depending on your location.  Do you have to give employees PAID time off for voting?  Yes, in certain states. These questions are important for an employer to know, especially in some …

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