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Comp Time Isn't a Gift

July 25, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

All too often I have heard an employer say to employees “we offer comp time”. Unfortunately private sector employer cannot substitute “comp time” for overtime or in lieu of wages. This is the law despite numerous studies that show employees would welcome the idea and since t...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations Read More

7 Safety Pitfalls in Your Parts Department

July 23, 2012 by Deborah Gibbs

How would your Parts Department fare today, if you received a safety inspection? Our engineers have found 7 common areas where things go wrong. Some are pretty easy to spot, but some are less obvious. Let’s take a look at a few: 1) Unsafe storage on shelves  If you h...

Posted in: DOT, KPA, Safety Culture Tags: DOT compliance, DOT hazmat, hazardous materials, hazmat shipping, NLRB, OSHA, safety culture, video, workplace injuries Read More

Service Advisor Exemption Update

July 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

A House Appropriations Subcommittee voted today to reinforce that service advisors, the frontline employee-salespersons in the service department, remain exempt from overtime pay requirements. In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) attempted to reverse its own 1978 opinion a...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: exempt status, NADA, national automobile dealers association, service advisors Read More

Beyond FMLA, Should Employers Have Unpaid Leave Policies?

July 18, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Generally under federal and some state laws employers with more than 50 employees must offer unpaid leave. The FMLA* for example entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of...

Posted in: Employee Relations, Human Resources Management Tags: fmla, leave of absence, unpaid leave policy Read More

July Tip of the Month: Don’t let BYOD (bring your own device) become LFYO (liability for your organization)

July 02, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

"BYOD" stands for "bring your own device," the practice of allowing employees and contractors to use personal devices, such as laptops, smartphones, home computers and tablets, to conduct the organization's business. The May 2012 Juniper survey shows that nearly nine out o...

Posted in: Human Resources Management, Tip of the Month Tags: BYOD, company policy Read More