Summer 2016 Edition - HR Prose Newsletter
Are You Ready for the New FLSA Changes?
Several changes to overtime rules will take effect on December 1, 2016. Some of the most important changes, that could affect you, are explained below:
1. Salary Threshold Changed to $913/week ($47,476 per Year)
This threshold doubles the current salary threshold level. While this level is slightly lower than the threshold in the proposed rule, it still encompasses many employees that are currently classified as exempt. The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) was disappointed that the Department of Labor did not offer a more reasonable increase and set the threshold, as it has in the past, at a level designed to encompass those employees that are clearly not engaged in exempt-type work.
2. Automatic Salary Threshold Increases Every 3 Years (Not Annually) to Maintain Level at 40th Percentile in Lowest Wage Census Region
The Department of Labor reduced the frequency of the automatic increases in response to concerns raised by SHRM and others. Instead of annual increases, the threshold will be adjusted every 3 years to maintain the level at the 40th percentile of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage census region. Automatically updating the salary threshold, however, does not allow the government to take into account changing economic conditions, specific impact on certain industries, or regional differences. It also denies the public the ability to have input on the threshold as required by the regulatory process.
3. Duties Tests Are Unchanged
The absence of a duties test change is a significant win for the thousands of SHRM members who expressed concern in this area. The DOL did not make changes to the standard duties test.
4. Effective Date is December 1, 2016.
These changes are to take place on December 1, 2016. SHRM advocated for a longer implementation period than the standard 60 days and the final rule provides additional time for employers to prepare. With the rule going into effect on December 1, 2016, HR professionals should immediately review their current workforce to determine which employees are affected and whether to re-classify those employees and execute a communications strategy. HR should keep in mind the periodic adjustments and set a regular review process.
5. Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) Exemption Is Now $134,004 per Year
The final rule retains the methodology in the proposed rule setting the threshold at the 90th percentile of full-time salaried workers nationally.
For further clarification and additional information on these rulings and or the need for an Exemption Status Review contact Deb Sutton, HR Pros, LLC 941-776-0996 – www.hrprosllc.net.
Summer is the Time to Keep Bugs at Bay
I don’t know about you, but I am a little freakish, or maybe slightly phobic, when it comes to some insects. Living in the South, we certainly get our share of bugs. I have learned to live with Palmetto Bugs, (which is the sweet name for a cockroach). I don’t even mind most spiders; I have killed my share. But, when it comes to mosquitoes, I can get very freaked out. I once read that these tiny insects could carry more than 50 diseases; and, since they are vampires, per se, it is pretty scary what you could potentially contract if bitten. Here are a few of the most common diseases and some statistics regarding these cases:
All three of these mosquito-borne illnesses are serious, and some may be fatal. If you find symptoms, make sure you seek treatment right away.
They Say It's Your Birthday
The following places offer free items on your birthday:
1. A&W All American Food – Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club.
2. Ace Hardware – Receive a free $5 off coupon when you join Ace Rewards.
3. Applebees – Sign up for their Email Club and get a free dessert on your birthday.
4. Barnes and Noble (Kids) – Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club and your child gets a free cupcake on his/her birthday.
We will be giving you more and more of these ideas – so make sure you check out our next publication of HR Prose coming in the fall!!!
(source: Penny Hoarder)
Featured Jobs & Employees
Executive Compensation Lead - New York, NY
Be a Key Player for a leading organization. Ability to develop and implement executive level compensation policies, plans and programs. Benchmarking analysis, third party surveys, compensation bonuses, salary offers, sign-on bonuses and retention plans development and implementation experience expected. Developing job descriptions and vendor management are also part of the duties for this excellent organization. Individual should be analytical, team player with supervisory experience and ability to Project Manage at a large organization.
-Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
-Familiarity with HRIS systems
-Strong Analytical Skills - excel super user
Human Resources Leader - Lynchburg, VA
Excellent well-known company seeking an HR professional to lead the organization in the following: Develops and administers human resource plans, procedures and policies. Plans, organizes and controls all activities of the department. Participates in developing department goals and objectives. Develops and maintains affirmative action program; maintain other records, reports and logs to conform to EEO regulations. Maintains responsibility for compliance with OSHA rules and regulations; conduct safety training or coordinate the use of appropriate vendors for required training. Prepare and conduct training classes as needed. Conduct recruitment efforts for hourly workforce and assist managers in recruitment efforts for salaried workforce. Develop and maintain handbook on policies and procedures; communicate changes to supervisors and employees and ensures proper compliance is followed.
Human Resource Generalist - Raleigh, NC
Work in collaboration with team members to effectively execute HR processes including talent acquisition and development, Leadership Development Review (LDR), Performance Management (PFT), diversity, salary planning, and incentive compensation planning and recruiting. Partner with other managers to understand key business challenges and organization needs, and identify and execute programs to address gaps. Lead and facilitate change initiatives through the use of HR consultation skills. Provide advice and counsel to managers on a variety of topics to optimize employee engagement, team development, and organizational effectiveness. Lead talent and employee engagement activities including planning events for employees and the community. Update local HR policies and provide guidance to employees on these and other HR policies. Work with employees and managers on investigations and employee relations matters Work within a complex matrix environment, balancing competing priorities and engaging appropriate stakeholders. Lead initiatives and participate in continuous improvement activities. Ensure compliance with all applicable governmental regulations. Administer various programs within HR such as the safety shoe vouchers, wage garnishments, military and disability leave and more. This person may also manage the company wellness program. Initial projects may include: Complete job ladders for hourly employees and get buy in from all parties Work with operations to create a more standard skills matrix and training plan.
-BA/BS degree with four or more years of experience in human resources at a manufacturing plant is required. MBA or MS in HR related field is preferred.
In order to be considered as a candidate, the following experience must be reflected on your resume: Four or more years of HR experience in a manufacturing setting is required. Proven ability to manage a wide variety of HR programs, change management and roll-out of corporate HR initiatives. Employee relations experience is required Knowledge of HR laws and regulations including but not limited to FLSA, FMLA, ADA and EEOC is required Staffing and recruiting experience is required Other experience that we will be looking for through the screening process: Proven ability to change the business through creative problem-resolution, policy creation or lean efforts. Ability to build and maintain relationships with leadership as well as employees. Strong project management and organizational skills. Strong knowledge of lean manufacturing and the ACE operating system. Excellent presentation and facilitation skills as this person will also conduct supervisor training and present in meetings.
Featured Employees: (Credentials are real, names are fictitious)
1. Johnny Appleseed – Insurance Professional - Experienced, Bilingual Insurance Appraiser. Associates degree. Motivated to start work immediately. Tampa, FL area.
2. Dora Explorer - 20 years in increasingly responsible HR management roles. Bi-lingual, multi-functions and verticals. Bachelor’s Degree, SPHR, SHRM-SCP. Tampa Bay, FL. Looking for a VP or Regional HR role.
3. Bunny Energized – Young, hard-working Marketing Manager – Bachelor’s Degree – Marketing from a prestigious college, very detail-oriented and creative. Prefers Sarasota/Bradenton, FL but will go to St. Pete or Tampa, FL for “right opportunity."
4. Annie Admin - Administrative Assistant – Bilingual, hard working with a proven 13-year work history. Legal experience. Bradenton/Sarasota, FL.
5. R. Legal Beagle – JD in Employment Law – Excellent background working as a Labor attorney. Located in the Big Apple – Published author.
Employers can contact Deb Sutton, Owner/Founder HR Pros, LLC for information on hiring these outstanding individuals at 941-776-0996.