Memorial Day: From the Archive

by Michael Haberman May 30, 2016

Tweet According to History.com Memorial Day, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Originally dated May 30 because it was not the anniversary of an particular battle in […]

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Future Friday: Don’t let today get in the way of tomorrow

by Michael Haberman May 27, 2016

Tweet I read an interesting post from the Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day called Don’t Let Today’s Goals Get in the Way of Your Future Goals. Although the author, Peter Bregman, was talking about individual’s career goals I thought his advice fit very well with what I have taught in my 7 […]

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Don’t be a victim of a bad boss

by Michael Haberman May 26, 2016

Tweet I got an email the other day pleading for help. She said I needed to do something to help her and her co-workers. They work for a bad boss, a boss who is a bully. He uses intimidation and threats to coerce and bend people to his will. My first reaction was “why do […]

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OSHA establishes publication rules to “nudge” employers

by Michael Haberman May 25, 2016

Tweet On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) posted a final rule in the Federal Register regarding a new recordkeeping requirement for employers. It will have a variety of effects. Nudging employers The rule’s supposed intention is to improve employer recordkeeping on accidents. They say this will be done by having […]

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Is it intent that matters or the effect?

by Michael Haberman May 24, 2016

Tweet I read a very interesting article written by attorney Malcolm Seymour of Garvey Schubert Barer. It was about the new ride sharing Uber style service called SafeHer, which advertises that they are a company “Driven by women Exclusively for women.” The promote safety as their prime concern. The question is, will this well intended […]

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The IRS is coming to get you Independent Contractor Scofflaws

by Michael Haberman May 23, 2016

Tweet I have written a number of times about the dangers of improperly classifying independent contractors. You can find two such posts here and here. The dangers of doing so have increased in early May. More enforcers The IRS announced on May 5th that they have “found” money in their budget to hire between 600 […]

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Future Friday: How being a storyteller can save your job from automation

by Michael Haberman May 20, 2016

Tweet Storytelling has a long and noble history. For centuries we told stories to convey information about culture, religion, heroes, mores, and just how people lived. Many of these stories became legends. Many of these stories become lessons that guided behavior. Anyone remember Aesop? What happened? Why don’t we tell stories anymore? We got civilized […]

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The new FLSA regulations are in place.

by Michael Haberman May 19, 2016

Tweet Well the change has been made. Fortunately it is not as bad as was originally expected. The new level to qualify to be an exempt employee is $913 per week or $47,476 per year which is better than $50,440. Unexpectedly they announced it will not be adjusted annually, as originally anticipated, but every three […]

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Are you aware of this NEW law?

by Michael Haberman May 18, 2016

Tweet We in HR know that you need to have your radar on all the time watching for new laws you have to pay attention to in order to be compliant. This new law probably ducked under your radar, unless you are an attorney. Passed with little fanfare and effective immediately it is one of […]

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Wage and Hour lessons- Damn this stuff gets complicated!

by Michael Haberman May 17, 2016

Tweet Rather than subjecting you to my writing today I am going to expose you to the writing of four excellent attorneys who also write great blog posts. The common theme to these four posts is wage and hour issues. This is important with the new exempt regulations looming on the near horizon. Minimum wage […]

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