June Issue Highlights
- June note from the editor
- Profile: Shannan A. Brown, SVP | Chief HR & Diversity Officer, Fedex Express
- Highlights from the 2014 MS SHRM Conference & Expo May 7-9 in Biloxi
- 2014 SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando June 22-25
- SHRM: A Great Partner for Small Business Owners by Dorothy Knapp
- Register for Strategic Leadership for HR Executives in Little Rock on June 17
- The Times They Are A-Changin’: How HR Professionals Can Handle Workplace Issues Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity by Courtney Leyes Tomlinson
- Preventive Care: Pay Now or Pay (More) Later by Eric P. Justin
- Is Your Workforce Being Over-Screened? by Chris Davis
- CAHRA 2014 Annual Manager’s Conference in Little Rock June 19
- Wellness – What Is It and Why Should Employers Care? by Murray L. Harber and Matt Ginn
- Do Your Benefits Need a Makeover? by Blake Rogers, Jimmy Hinton and Ricky Reynolds
- Scenes from the 22nd Annual Tennessee Personnel Management Association Conference April 8-11 in Murfreesboro
- FMLA Insights: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly by Robert M. Williams, Jr. and Zachary B. Busey
- Negligent Infliction of Emotional Stress: The Tennessee Court of Appeals Finds That Expert Proof is Not Required for an Employee’s “Parasitic” Claim by Mary C. Hamm
- Performance Evaluations: A Critical Component of Avoiding Legal Liability by Kristi H. Johnson
- The Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 by Paul E. Prather and Elizabeth S. Rudnick
- Working From a Home Near You – Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation by Latosha Dexter
- What Happens After an Employer Receives a Notice of Inspection from ICE? by Bruce E. Buchanan
- The Bermuda Triangle: The Intersection of FMLA, the ADA, and Workers’ Compensation Law by Michael S. Hudson, Jerrald L. Shivers, and Martin J. Regimbal
- A Rose by Any Other Name: The Use of Metaphor in Effective Change Initiatives by Ernie Ricketts
- 7 Steps to Mending Relationships with Colleagues by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Domestic Violence & the Workplace by Susan Picart
According to former Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris, the initiative appears to be “part of the larger agenda to increase workers’ wages. This is another piece of a larger agenda–raising the minimum wage, improving job training programs, and creating jobs through significant improvements in infrastructure.”
The President will direct the Labor Department to craft its proposed rule by early summer.
Currently a worker needs to make $23,660 a year to meet the exemption’s income-level requirement. If that amount were raised to $31,200 (to $600 per week from $455 per week), it would include many workers performing managerial tasks, especially in major metropolitan areas where wages are generally higher than elsewhere. The FLSA does not define executive, professional, and administrative employees, but instead gives the labor secretary broad discretion to define these terms. Hopefully, the DOL will consider that whatever salary level it adopts should be compatible with local economies throughout the nation, from lower-wage rural areas to higher-wage urban areas.
It is estimated to take a year to 18 months for the new rules to take effect. HR professionals are encouraged to begin the audit process to ensure that your current FLSA classifications are in order before the new regulations become law.
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