Category Archives: Article

Message from HR Works About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

HR Works has continued to monitor and assess the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community and workforce. As always, the wellbeing of our employees as well as those of our clients remains our top priority. We understand that our team of HR Consultants and HR Specialists play a key role in supporting your organization’s […]

Addressing Excessive Unplanned Absenteeism: Luck Has Nothing To Do With It

It’s Monday morning, March 18th and you start to receive multiple calls from employees saying they’re sick…cough…cough…  Sound familiar?  Chances are, you’re one of the three in four U.S. employers who say they see an uptick in unplanned absences before or after holidays, weekends, and large sporting events.  According to a study conducted by the […]

DOL Proposes Changes to Federal Overtime Pay Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to change the minimum salary that administrative, computer, executive, professional, and “highly compensated” employees must receive in order to be exempt from overtime pay under federal law. Under the proposal: The minimum salary required for an administrative, computer, executive, or professional employee to be exempt would increase […]

EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Restored

The requirement to include pay data in the EEO-1 report is back. On Monday, the federal district court for the District of Columbia vacated the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to stay the collection of W-2 wage and hour data in the annual survey. The EEO-1 (formally known as the Employer Information Report […]

The DOL Wage & Hour Division Issued Three New Opinion Letters on 4/12/18

On April 12, 2018 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage & Hour Division issued three new opinion letters. These are the first opinion letters issued in over 9 years. Opinion letters provide employers with important guidance related to real-life situations employers are confronted with in the workplace. The opinion letters addressed: What constitutes time […]

Cadillac Tax’ Delayed Until 2022

President Trump has signed the Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, which (among other things) delays implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage, until 2022. Previously, this tax—which would impose a 40% tax on plans that cost more than $10,200 (for self-only coverage) and $27,500 (for family […]

IWD Self-ID – Raise the Rate!

The OFCCP-established benchmark for employing individuals with disabilities (IWDs) – 7% – seems insurmountable to many. Time and again, though, employers tell us that they believe the representation of IWDs in their workforce is higher than what the numbers show. Proving your organization’s performance against this goal in your AAP is challenging if employees don’t […]

How to leverage senior-level conflict to drive growth and innovation

 “When we avoid difficult conversations, we trade short-term discomfort for long-term dysfunction.” — Peter Bromberg, organizational development consultant Dysfunction in the executive suite can doom an organization. Many senior leaders, fearful of conflict among those closest to them, strive for artificial harmony—inadvertently squelching debate on issues critical to the company’s strategic growth and its capacity for […]

Preparing for New York State Paid Family Leave

Ivanka Trump recently wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed that said “Providing a national guaranteed paid-leave program – with a reasonable time limit and benefit cap – isn’t an entitlement, it’s an investment in America’s working families.”  Although there is bi-partisan support for a national paid family and medical leave program, several states have taken […]