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11 Dec Wage Level Increase Update

The Department of Labor has announced that their proposed increases (to the salary level required to qualify for exempt status) will not be finalized until late 2016. “Late 2016” was not defined, and this could mean a tighter window of compliance following the implementation of...

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11 Dec Showing REAL Support For Our Community

REAL supported the Atlanta Food Bank on Monday, December 7th at Dunwoody Country Club for the 2015 Pollack Shores Golf Classic. Good times for a good cause. Christina McDonald, Business Development at Resource Alliance Christina shares her opinions, not legal advice, about increasing performance and limiting liability....

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10 Dec President Increases OSHA Penalties

  President Obama signed the bipartisan budget act into law in November, and it included a surprise for those who didn’t take the time to read it. It requires mandatory upward adjustments of multiple civil penalties, including OSHA penalties. OSHA issues citations for various levels of violations....

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15 Aug The DOL’s Proposed Increase in Wages

The Department of Labor is proposing to raise the minimum salary for exempt (not eligible for overtime) positions from $23,660 to $50,440. This means, if the proposal survives challenges and becomes law in 2016, you would need to decide if you want to: 1.      Give...

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04 May There’s an Auditor in my Coffee

If you’re a manager with a busy day ahead, you don’t want to look over the rim of your coffee cup on a Monday morning and hear a Department of Labor auditor say, “I’m here to perform a wage and hour compliance audit.” Whatever plans...

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04 May Pay the People

One of our most prolific payroll specialists often ends hallway conversations by saying, “I’ve got to pay the people.” She doesn’t have time to chat. She knows that nothing comes before payroll. The tiniest of errors could light up the phones with calls from confused...

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04 May The Call of the Contractor

Could this happen to you? I was helping a successful business owner with wage and hour compliance issues, and his biggest challenge was the classification of his workers. The workers wanted to be independent contractors so payroll taxes weren’t deducted from their checks. According to federal...

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04 May Marketing Makes It Stick – Part 2

Continued from Part 1 Your only limits are the limits of your imagination. Be creative. Decide what your message is, possibly “If you See it, Say it” or something about speaking up when there are concerns. I recently heard a speaker suggest “I Pee Clearly Now”...

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04 May Marketing Makes It Stick – Part 1

The Coca-Cola Company has a logo of a bottle cap that says, “Always Safety” on it. Around the bottle cap the message reads, “On Top of Everything We Do.” It is relevant to their business, catchy, and sends the right signals. But, before you get...

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04 May Safety Habits

Safety is just as important as customer service, marketing, and maintenance. Each contributes to profitability, and each is every employee’s concern. Safety is an integral responsibility in every position. Developing a culture of safety in the workplace starts by defining safety as a value of...

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