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Can an Employer Reduce an Exempt Employee’s Salary During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employer can generally reduce exempt employees’ regular salary for certain COVID-19-related reasons. However, the reduction cannot be made after the fact or based on the employer’s day-to-day or week-to-week needs. In other words, exempt employees must be paid their predetermined salary for any workweek in which the employee provided any services.

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4 Tips for Virtually Onboarding New Hires

Virtually onboarding new hires can be quite challenging if not done properly. Technical issues can arise that can reduce employee engagement and make them slow to learn their new job responsibilities. The last thing you want is for a new hire to feel isolated. Here are 4 tips for making your virtual onboarding successful.

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Winning the NEW War for Talent

Although the recent pandemic has caused an increase in unemployment, the war for talent continues. Even though the US is reporting an unemployment rate of 10.2% (July 2020) there are still many jobs that are difficult to fill. Here are a few startling statistics.

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Salaries Post COVID-19 – Are Companies Issuing Pay Raises in 2021?

It is without question that COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy. We’ve seen unemployment rates rise to numbers we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. In response to the pandemic, a large majority of businesses have needed to conduct layoffs and furloughs. Several have been forced to shut their doors and completely close down. Here is the good and bad news.

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Work-Life Balance – The New Equation

The work environment today is significantly different from what it was a few months ago. The strategies previously used to achieve work-life balance may need to be adjusted to account for the current COVID-19 situation. Work-life balance is key to employee satisfaction, employee retention, and increased productivity. Here are some tips that you, as an employer, can adopt to navigate this new world and restore employee work-life balance.

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Guide to the New Optional FMLA Forms

Effective June 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated certain optional Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms. The DOL does not require the use of any specific forms or format and in fact, employers may use their own forms. However, the optional forms are simpler and easier for employees, employers, leave administrators and health care providers to understand and use.

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