Revisited:Under the FLSA a late paycheck is as bad as no paycheck

by Michael Haberman January 9, 2019

Tweet With the current government shutdown, many employees have been furloughed. Others have been described as “essential” and are required to work for no pay, with the promise of getting all monies owed them when a new budget is authorized. It has happened in the past, as described below, but this time it is going […]

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What is the “regular rate of pay” according to the USDOL?

by Michael Haberman January 8, 2019

Tweet During a review of US Department of Labor news releases, it was obvious that employers everywhere are still making mistakes in overtime calculations that is costing those employers large amounts of money. Overtime for non-exempt employees must be based on the “regular rate of pay” the employee is earning. Unfortunately, this is not the […]

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Future Friday: Of course Millennials are the future! They are also the present!

by Michael Haberman January 4, 2019

Tweet I read an article with the title Millennials are solving today’s workplace problems. Given that Millennials currently make up 50% of the workforce, and by 2030 will be 75%, my reaction to this title was “Duh”. They should be solving workplace problems. I think every new generation of workers has that potential. We need to […]

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Increases in minimum wages

by Michael Haberman January 3, 2019

Tweet Twenty-two states are increasing their minimum wage in 2019. Many of these are indexed to the cost-of-living and thus increase on an annual basis. Others may be due to a reaction to the “Fight for $15” movement of the last couple of years. Some states remain on par with the Federal minimum wage of […]

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It is 2019 and Resolutions are not just for people

by Michael Haberman January 2, 2019

Tweet At this time of year people are making resolutions right and left. January is the month of self-improvement. Most of you will have made some or say that it is a waste of time. That is fine, but what about your business? Get rid of it! Peter Drucker, in four of his books, stresses […]

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Thought for the day

by Michael Haberman December 20, 2018

Tweet In his book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam Grant makes the statement:  “Like most humans, leaders are remarkably good at anchoring on the past even when it’s irrelevant to the present.” Think about that as you are trying to change processes, and ways of doing things, in your workplace. Ask “Is this keeping […]

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From the archive Seven ways working for a good company is like having a good marriage

by Michael Haberman December 18, 2018

Tweet Today my wife and I have been married 47 years. Three years ago I published this post and I thought it was still apropos, so I am republishing it. Today is my wedding anniversary! Now you may think was does this have to do with anything in HR? As I have reflected on my […]

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5 Ways to Boost Employee Satisfaction Without Raising Salaries

by Michael Haberman December 17, 2018

Tweet Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at You need happy employees to have a productive, successful business. While giving your employees a raise is one thing you could do to improve employee satisfaction, ultimately, money can’t buy happiness. As an employer, you need to facilitate a work environment that retains […]

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Future Friday: Creativity in Recruitment

by Michael Haberman December 14, 2018

Tweet The headlines read “One million more jobs than candidates.” Companies are struggling with finding workers to fill their positions. This is requiring those in charge of finding talent to be more creative. One suggestion for a creative approach comes from an interview with Cheryl Cran, a “future of work expert” and founder of, which […]

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Guest post: A Guide to Human Resource Surveys & HR Questions with Samples

by Michael Haberman December 12, 2018

Tweet Today’s post is written by Freddie Tubbs, who is a human resources manager at Academized. He regularly takes part in HR and business events and contributes columns to Paper Fellows and Australian help blogs. While your business may already use surveys to find information and answers to the questions you have about your customers, using this data resource in your […]

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