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February 4, 2022

Do We Need to Classify Managers as Exempt Under the FLSA?

No. It’s fine to classify managers as nonexempt. As a reminder, exempt and nonexempt are classifications under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That’s the federal […]
February 1, 2022

7 Ways HR Can Avoid Burnout

If you work in HR, you know that employee burnout remains pervasive. You also know that the task of supporting overly stressed employees often falls on […]
January 27, 2022

Should We Have a COVID Section in Our Employee Handbook?

While COVID will continue to affect our workplaces for some time, we generally recommend not adding COVID policies directly to your handbook. Guidance from the Centers […]
January 25, 2022

Take Mineral’s 2022 State of HR Survey

With COVID continuing, many more responsibilities on our plate, and no more time to get them done, is it any wonder that burnout remains pervasive among […]
January 20, 2022

When Can We Deduct from an Exempt Employee’s Pay?

In general, if an exempt employee performs any work during the workweek, you must pay them their full salary amount. Deductions are allowed, however, for legally required withholding […]
January 18, 2022

Sharing Information About an Employee’s Absence

Question One of our employees will be on leave while they go to rehab. What, if anything, should we tell the staff about the employee’s absence? […]
January 14, 2022

Supreme Court Halts OSHA ETS

The United States Supreme Court has halted the OSHA vaccine-or-test Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). As a result, covered employers (those with 100 or more employees) are […]
January 13, 2022

What Is an Exit Interview?

An exit interview is a conversation with a departing employee about their time at the company and the reason for their departure. It’s completely optional, but […]
January 11, 2022

Turning The Great Resignation Into A ‘Great Reengagement’ For Your Company

A version of this article was originally published at Forbes. “Help Wanted” signs – virtual or storefront – are everywhere. In 2021, millions of American workers […]
January 6, 2022

Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

Question Now that we’ve become a “remote first” company with most of our employees working from home, we’ve started hiring remote employees in other parts of […]
January 4, 2022

The Rewards of Trust and How to Get Them

About a year ago, Abigail began her first day on a new job. She was a software engineer, new to the workforce, and eager to make […]
December 29, 2021

Closures When a Holiday Falls on a Weekend

If a holiday like New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend when you’re closed, and you typically give employees that holiday off, do you have to […]
December 12, 2016

US Labor Department sues defunct Meyersdale company to restore unremitted participant contributions to employee 401(k) retirement plan

Date of Action: Dec. 2, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Defendant(s): Matthew Kenneth Smith Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Wind Turbine Solutions LLC Retirement Trust Allegations: Based on […]
December 13, 2016

US Labor Department sues Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, company for abandoning 401(k) plan after ceasing operations

Date of Action: Dec. 9, 2016 Type of Action: Complaint Name(s) of Defendant: Authorized Factory Service Inc. Allegations: Based on an investigation conducted by the U.S. […]
December 16, 2016

US Labor Department adds important protections to ensure fairness, transparency and accuracy of disability benefits claims process

WASHINGTON – It can be challenging for workers seeking disability benefits from an employer-sponsored plan to understand the process and why their claim is approved or […]
December 19, 2016

US Labor Department files lawsuit to appoint independent fiduciary to administer 401(k) plan after Los Angeles-area hotel ceased operations

Date of action: Dec. 15, 2016 Type of action: Complaint Name of defendants: Urban Hotels Inc., doing business as LAX Plaza Hotel Urban Hotels 401(k) Plan […]