DOL Withdraws Independent-Contractor Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is officially withdrawing the prior administration’s independent-contractor rule, which would have made it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. “The department believes that the rule is inconsistent with the [Fair Labor Standards Act’s] FLSA’s text and purpose and would have a confusing and […]

Biden to Raise Federal Contractor’s Minimum Wage

Biden to Raise Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage, Putting Pressure on Private Sector Employers President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order today requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage, which could put pressure on private sector employers to raise low-income workers’ pay. According to a White House statement, the executive order […]

SHRM Weighs in on the Paycheck Fairness Act

SHRM Weighs in on the Paycheck Fairness Act HR professionals have a unique perspective and expertise on the issue of pay equity, as they are directly involved in developing and implementing compensation strategies that attract and retain talent. When the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act on April 14, SHRM submitted a letter to […]

The Antidote to Employee Apathy

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Few things are more frustrating than working with an apathetic teammate who constantly needs to be prompted and reminded to do their part, step up, or follow through. Most employees don’t start out indifferent or slow to act, so how do we get there? What apathy looks like: Okay with being just okay (or even […]

An Upside to Turnover?

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Employees will always come and go, but smart leaders take charge of turnover – and use it to systematically strengthen their workforce. Here’s how to transform the plague of turnover into healthy “churn”: Conventional wisdom tells us that turnover indicates deep-rooted problems in an organization. We have been taught that when turnover is low it […]

Is That Employee Ready to Lead?

“When is someone ready to lead?”It’s a simple, straightforward question leaders ask about their teammates and teammates ask about themselves. Although there isn’t a simple checklist that determines one’s capacity for influencing others or readiness for direct reports, there are seven characteristics I always look for in my leaders. They are viewed as a go-to […]