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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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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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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Overtime for Sales Reps

Do outside sales reps get OT?  If you are the drug company Novartis, the answer is YES.  In July, Novartis lost a court case brought by their outside sales reps, claiming they were not really exempt employees.  The federal Second Court of Appeals ruled that Novartis' sales reps did not meet the qualifications to be exempt …

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