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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

New overtime rule now in effect

By Mike O’Brien bio Jan. 1, 2020 was the deadline to comply with new FLSA overtime rule. At the end of September the Department of Labor issued its long-awaited final rule updating the salary level test for white-collar overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Under the new rule, the minimum salary level for exemption is raised from $455 a week to $684 a week, or $35,568 annually. The change marks the first increase in the minimum salary level to take effect in more than 15 years. It is expected to bring overtime eligibility to over a million employees who are ineligible under the current threshold. Although the DOL released a final rule raising the salary level in 2016, the rule was blocked by a federal district court and… . . . read more

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

Pay rates, vacations while recovering, gig economy

Department of Labor enters final stage of update to ‘regular rate’ rule under FLSA. As we have discussed previously in these updates, the Department of Labor has been working to update the definition of “regular rate” of pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act

MANAGING THE OFFICE

The importance of recognizing your employees’ hard work

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! What have you got planned to acknowledge your hard-working support staff? If you’ve decided to do nothing this year, you may want to…


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3-point retention strategy

By Julie Ellison  bio
Great law offices are built with great people. In today’s competitive employment market, it’s hard enough…


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Employee morale and your firm’s productivity: 6 easy ways to boost both

By Elizabeth M. Miller  bio
Employees’ attitudes have changed over the years. Good, loyal employees want more than a paycheck and…


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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

3 tips for selecting a health and benefits advisor

By David C. Fortosis  bio
The responsibility of selecting, designing, financing, and managing employee benefits is a critical task in today’s law office business. Retirement and medical benefits are subject to more and more…


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GET CREATIVE

Mind-map your way toward creating a great employee handbook

Sitting down with pen and paper and freely jotting down ideas may not sound like the best path toward creating a…


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MANAGING STAFF

3 bonus formulas that boost staff productivity

What bonuses should the office give, and how can it design the bonuses to increase productivity…


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5 simple (and inexpensive) ways to bring a breath of fresh air into your law office

By Nicole Groshek  bio
Providing employees with a change in scenery helps keep them inspired and productive. According to a recent survey, majority of office workers wish…


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MANAGING STAFF

Why you might want to give your employees the summer benefits they want

What do your employees want this summer? In a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, employees said…


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