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Pay Employees For Time Spent At Outside Training Courses?

By |April 18th, 2018|

Do we have to pay employees for time spent at outside training courses?

Answer from Jenny, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:

Yes, you will most likely be required to pay for the hours an employee spends at a training course and those hours must count toward any overtime calculation.

The time that employees spend in training courses is considered hours worked […]

HR News | Federal Law Alert

By |April 11th, 2018|

9th Circuit Rules Salary History Not an Acceptable Reason for Pay Discrepancies
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that salary history is not an acceptable reason for pay differences under the Equal Pay Act (EPA), even when used in conjunction with other factors. The EPA first became law in 1963 and prohibits the payment […]

You Suspect Employee Documents are Fraudulent

By |April 11th, 2018|

I’m doing an internal audit of our I-9s and think that a document provided for one of them is fake. What should I do?

Answer from Aimee, GPHR, SHRM-SCP:

If you discover a document that clearly looks fraudulent, or like it does not identify the correct individual, you should talk with the employee about it and ask […]

Employee Has Been Falsifying Their Timecards?

By |April 4th, 2018|

What can we as a company do if we discover that an employee has been falsifying their timecards?

Answer from Kim, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:

If you discover an employee has been falsifying their timecard, you should refer to your policies and past practice. Hopefully, you have a policy that makes it clear that timesheets must be accurate and […]

Federal Law Alert – EEO-1 Is Due

By |March 23rd, 2018|

Reminder: EEO-1 Is Due by March 31
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requires certain employers to submit a report categorizing their employees by race or ethnicity, gender, and job category. This demographic survey, called the EEO-1, is due by March 31. All employers with 100 or more employees must file the report.

Employers also must file […]

Can I prohibit wage discussions?

By |March 21st, 2018|

Answer from Kim, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:

Employers may not prohibit, or even discourage, employees from discussing their wages with one another. Likewise, employers may not in any way discipline or retaliate against an employee for discussing their wages or other terms and conditions of employment. Prohibitions of this nature infringe upon employees’ protected rights under Section 7 […]

Hiring Your 15th Employee

By |March 15th, 2018|

We are about to hire our 15th employee. I heard that some federal regulations go into effect then. What do I need to know about these?

Answer from Margaret, PHR, SHRM-CP:

Once you have 15 employees, the federal laws below would apply to you. Here is a brief summary of what you need to know about them:


Requests For Employee Records | Phishing Scam

By |March 1st, 2018|

I received an email purportedly from our CEO requesting copies of employee payroll records. I checked with her, and she did not send this email. Could this be a phishing scam?

Answer from Eric, SPHR, SHRM-SCP:

Yes, this is likely a phishing scam. Inform your IT staff immediately and do not respond to the email. You should […]

Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

By |February 28th, 2018|

Second Circuit Rules Sexual Orientation is Protected by Title VII

Yesterday the Second Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appellate court to rule that under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the word sex includes sexual orientation. The first was the Seventh Circuit, which we reported on last April.

The Second Circuit […]

If We Become Aware of Harassment

By |February 21st, 2018|

If We Become Aware of Harassment, Do We Need the Alleged Victim’s Permission to Investigate?