2016 Employee Relations Trends: Communicating the Overtime Rule, Strange Interviews, HR on TV


​Judy Greer was poised to be the latest representation of an HR professional in a TV show in 2016.

​How to talk with employees about the Department of Labor's new overtime rule and how to handle seriously strange interviews were topics of some of the best-read employee relations articles that appeared on SHRM Online in 2016. 

Breaking the News: When Workers Lose Their Exempt Status
If President-elect Donald Trump's Department of Labor decides to put the new overtime rule into effect, it won't be a picnic telling a worker who has long been salaried, never had to punch a timecard and often worked after hours that all that's going to change. Employers across the nation will have to notify exempt workers that their salaries don't meet the federal threshold to remain exempt. 

A Checklist for Complying with the New Overtime Regulations
Should the Trump administration embrace the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, companies will have some steps to complete and decisions to make in order to comply. Two HR experts—Christian Antkowiak, counsel in the Labor & Employment section of Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, and Michael Abcarian, managing partner of Fisher Phillips in Dallas and an expert on wage and hour laws—offer this checklist.

Interview No-Nos: Screaming, Stealing, Lying—and Bringing Your Pet Bird
Your job candidate sits down, takes a family photo off your desk and deposits it into her purse. Another one slips off her shoe, pulls out some Johnson's Baby Lotion and proceeds to slather it on her foot. Seriously? Yes, seriously. Those are real stories from HR and hiring managers who replied to a CareerBuilder survey on the worst interview flubs they've ever witnessed. 

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Cue the Laugh Track—HR Comedy Comes to TVShe's overworked. She's underappreciated. She must play mediator, hand-holder and reluctant villain. And she's caught between managing rank-and-file workers and the ambitious demands of her CEO. Sound familiar? Welcome to the world of HR—on TV. 

Should Workers Over 40 Have Four-Day Weekends?
If new research suggests that cutting the hours of older workers could boost productivity—and a company's bottom line—should employers take heed? While the prospect may sound outlandish, consider that Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford was viewed as a radical—and was even called "crazy"—when in 1914 he doubled employees' pay and reduced their work time from nine to eight hours a day. 

Personal Danger Increases Professional Stress
Professions with an element of personal danger topped CareerCast's 2016 most stressful jobs list, released Jan. 7. Coming in at No. 1 was enlisted military personnel, who face many of the stress factors examined by CareerCast, including physical demands, perilous conditions and personal risk. Firefighters, airline pilots and police officers also suffer high levels of stress associated with protecting the lives of others.

A Good Place for a Wall-Street-Occupying Millennial? How About Wall Street!
Your organization wants to lure Millennials—those socially liberal, tree-hugging, peace-loving folks, the ones who distrust big government and the big institutions it funds, are skeptical of organizational hierarchy, and demand flexible work schedules. So what better place for a Millennial than a financial firm or maybe the Army, right? 

Reclassified Workers Have Mixed Reactions to New FLSA Overtime Regulations
For those employees whose exempt status was changed as a result of the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA's) new overtime rule, how they took the news depended on how they were told, and on how hours, pay and timekeeping were structured.

Companies Rethink the Annual Pay Raise
No more annual pay raises? It's a move that companies increasingly are considering, the most recent of which was General Electric. And if this becomes common, the change could either redefine rewards systems in a way that motivates employees and attracts high-quality candidates—or it could prove to be a demoralizing switch that leaves many workers' wages lagging behind the cost of living. 

When Mom Wants to Sit in on a Son's Job Interview
You schedule an interview with a recent college grad who has applied for a job, but his mother calls to ask if she can be interviewed in his place. Her son, she explains, has somewhere else he needs to be. That's a real story from a hiring manager who responded to a recent OfficeTeam survey, which found that more than 1 in 3 senior managers said they are annoyed when parents get involved in their kids' search for work.

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