Employment & Labor Law

The Importance of Pay Philosophies

A pay philosophy is a company's commitment to how it values employees. A consistent pay philosophy gives the company and the employee a frame of reference when discussing salary in a negotiation.

The goal of a pay philosophy is to attract, retain, and motivate employees. For companies in the private sector, this usually requires a competitive pay philosophy. For companies in the public sector, this means a well-rounded philosophy, with a focus on benefits and work life.

Michigan Periodic Garnishment Reform of 2015

On April 14, 2015, the Governor signed House Bill No. 4119 and 4120 making them Public Acts of 2015 Nos. 14 and 15. They will require extensive revisions to the current Michigan Court Rules governing garnishments found at MCR 3.101. The Supreme Court issued proposed rule changes, however, they did not recognize the majority of the statutory changes. Furthermore, the statutory changes require changes to the supreme court-approved garnishment forms. Comments to this effect have been submitted by the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Mandatory MIOSHA Poster Change - Effective Sept 1, 2015

MIOSHA’s Safety and Health Protection on the Job poster has been revised to include new employer reporting requirements for all work-related hospitalizations, amputations and losses of an eye. The MIOSHA Injuries/Illness reporting number has also been added to the notice.

DOL Proposes Wholesale Changes to Overtime Rules Salary Requirements

After years of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its Notice of Proposed Rule Making on June 30, 2015, revising the overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by targeting salary requirements.

The Pros and Cons of Hiring: Employee vs. Independent Contractor

As a small business owner you will need to determine whether to hire full time employees or use independent contractors. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are basically the same thing. They aren’t.

Although you pay both kinds of workers to do tasks for you, they are not viewed the same by the IRS. And if the IRS suspects that you are not classifying your workers correctly, they might audit you.

5 Tips for Successful Knowledge Transfer

If you’re great at your job, you’ve probably been asked to teach others how to do some of the things at which you excel. Doing something well is not the same as teaching others to do it well. Leaders focus on strategies for getting the best results from trainees.

Here are five tips for a successful knowledge transfer:

Getting an Employment-Based Green Card

A foreign national's application for employment-based cases, is classified into one of five categories including:

Holiday season is around the corner. Really, it is!

Many employers hire extra workers to prepare for a busy holiday season. Often these workers are hired on some level shortly after Labor Day to ensure they are trained properly, as they help the employer get ready for increased activity.

Remember that even your temporary help should be screened just like they were permanent, full-time employees. After all, a person working just a few hours a week can be responsible for many problems, such as theft, drug sales, and harassment.

3 Myths for Managing Employee Performance – Myth #3

This is part three of a three-part blog series on performance development.

MYTH – Holding managers accountable for conducting annual, bi-annual or quarterly review meetings with all their employees will DRIVE high performance into our organization.

Although this may make sense from a traditional performance review perspective, the thinking behind it contributes significantly to the failings of the performance management systems used by most organizations.

Let’s first talk about holding managers accountable.

How to Build a Competitive Employee Benefits Package

There are many ways to measure the success of an entrepreneur, including the number of new ideas launched, the revenue and profits earned, and the ways in which he or she serves an industry or a community. But perhaps the chief among these is the impact the entrepreneur is able to have on the lives of employees. Beyond tangible rewards such as pay, and intangibles such as mentoring, a business owner can profoundly shape a worker's life by providing a generous package of employee benefits.