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Regulatory Analysis
We continually update our state and national regulatory analysis to help you stay current with changing regulations.

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Calculators:
Turnover is an important metric for human resource professionals. Tracking turnover helps provides information that can be used to address issues before key employees leave the organization.
Checklists:
Under the new FLSA overtime regulations, in order to prove that an employee qualifies for an executive exemption, you must be able to check off all of these items.
The learned professional exemption is restricted to professions in which specialized academic training is a standard prerequisite for entrance into the profession. To prove that an employee qualifies for a learned professional exemption under the FLSA, you must be able to check off all the following items.
In order to prove that an employee qualifies for an administrative exemption under the FLSA, you must be able to check off all the following items.
This sample Bonus Payments checklist, “Bonuses Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Bonus Payments sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Bonus Payments checklist, “Incentive Compensation Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Bonus Payments sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) checklist, “Employee Classification Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
This sample Compensation Administration checklist, “Federal Laws on Compensation Checklist,” can be used to audit compensation issues in the workplace. Download this Compensation Administration sample checklist to your computer or print it out.
Forms:
Sample letter that can be used when an employee's job is downgraded.
Sample letter used to notify employee of reclassification to exempt status.
Sample letter used to notify employee of salary increase.
Guidance:
Minimum wage rates vary from state to state. This chart identifies the 2016 minimum wage for all 50 states as well as the federal minimum wage and selected cities.
California has its own set of rules when it comes to FLSA exemptions that are different than federal rules—specifically, how white-collar workers are classified—and it’s important to understand the distinct differences when it comes to your compliance obligations.
California has its own set of rules when it comes to FLSA exemptions that are different than federal rules—specifically, how white-collar workers are classified—and it’s important to understand the distinct differences when it comes to your compliance obligations.
Outsourcing custom salary surveys is a nice luxury, but not one you can afford to do every year. Sometimes, you need to dig in and survey your own landscape in order to update and refresh your salary structure.
Outsourcing custom salary surveys is a nice luxury, but not one you can afford to do every year. Sometimes, you need to dig in and survey your own landscape in order to update and refresh your salary structure.
You collect a massive amount of employee information in both paper and digital formats. But what do you need to keep, and for how long?
You collect a massive amount of employee information in both paper and digital formats. But what do you need to keep, and for how long?
With the clear push to provide paid sick leave and, in some cases, paid family leave gaining strength nationwide, now is the time to ensure that your PTO policy is properly administered.
With the clear push to provide paid sick leave and, in some cases, paid family leave gaining strength nationwide, now is the time to ensure that your PTO policy is properly administered.
Your sales team is your front line in the battle for business success and they need a solid, clear battle plan to know where they’re going and what they’re trying to achieve.
Your sales team is your front line in the battle for business success and they need a solid, clear battle plan to know where they’re going and what they’re trying to achieve.
Job Descriptions:
Provide individualized physical education instruction or services to children, youth, or adults with exceptional physical needs due to gross motor developmental delays or other impairments.
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Manage or coordinate fitness and wellness programs and services. Manage and train staff of wellness specialists, health educators, or fitness instructors.
Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.
Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.
Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.
Performs engineering duties including design and testing. Does not include mechanical or electrical engineers.
Employ search marketing tactics to increase visibility and engagement with content, products, or services in Internet-enabled devices or interfaces. Examine search query behaviors on general or specialty search engines or other Internet-based content. Analyze research, data, or technology to understand user intent and measure outcomes for ongoing optimization.
Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
Policies:
Sample policy for Hours of Work.
Bonus Payments
White Papers:
Loan defaults cause up to $10 billion of plan leakage per year, according to a Wharton/Vanguard study. So why not just eliminate the ability for participants to borrow from the plan? Because some employees would simply not join the plan at all if they did not feel a degree of comfort that they could access their accounts in an emergency. What can employers do?
One key to solving the widespread problem of student loan debt may be in the boss’s hand. Traditional tuition reimbursement can help avoid debt in the first place. Meanwhile, some companies are utilizing a new benefit, student loan repayment. And now, evidence of ROI for such programs is becoming available.
Middle children, prepare yourselves. The following information may dredge up some painful emotions for you. As the forgotten, the overlooked—the Jan Bradys, if you will—you may particularly appreciate the following, especially if you were born between 1965 and 1980. That’s right, Generation X is another forgotten middle child.
The best-designed compensation plan won’t work as intended if people don’t understand it. Explaining and, in effect, selling the plan are necessary to motivate desired behaviors, asserts Joseph DiMisa, senior vice president of Sales Force Effectiveness at Sibson Consulting. To do that effectively, he says, compensation plan communication should include specific elements.
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How much should you be paying to attract and retain the best employees, based on your industry and location?


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