People Processes

People Processes

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How your organization can make its people a competitive advantage.


Can An Employee Who Claims to Have COVID-19 and Self-Quarantines But Refuses to Get Tested Still Be Paid?
Sep 22 • 10 min
If an employee becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, they may request for paid sick leave under the FFCRA only to seek a medical diagnosis, or self-quarantine only if advised to do so by a healthcare provider. If tested positive, the employee may continue…
What Do I Do If An Employee Won’t Let Me Take Their Temperature?
Sep 21 • 7 min
Under the circumstances existing currently, the ADA has specifically allowed employers to bar an employee from physical presence in the workplace if he refuses to have his temperature taken, refuses to answer questions about whether he has COVID-19, has…
Can I Ask An Employee if They Have Family Who Has COVID-19?
Sep 18 • 6 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6k_vgtvmTU&w=560&h=315] The simple answer is “no”. The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) prohibits employers from asking employees medical questions about family members, and it is still in force.…
Big Changes in California Family Leave, 12 weeks leave!
Sep 17 • 6 min
A new bill in California was finalized that would expand the California Family Rights Act to make it an unlawful employment practice for employers with five or more employees to refuse to grant an employee’s request to take up to 12 workweeks of unpaid…
How Can Employers Avoid Putting Employees At Risk of Getting Sick with COVID-19
Sep 16 • 9 min
Referring to a case involving Cal/OSHA and frozen foods manufacturer Overhill Farms Inc. and its temporary employment agency Jobsource North America Inc., employers failed to protect hundreds of employees from COVID-19 at two plants in Vernon. This was…
Which Employees Are Exempt from Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements?
Sep 15 • 16 min
https://youtu.be/EFcPkW82VCc Under the FLSA, employees are entitled to be paid a minimum wage for each hour worked and to be paid one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for each hour in excess of 40 hours worked in a workweek (some states have…
Should I Pay My Employees a Flat Rate by Budget or by Actual Hours Worked?
Sep 14 • 15 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmjNGQGvsKg] A group of mechanics employed at a South Carolina chain of tire and automobile repair stores was paid under a compensation plan that contained two components. They received an amount determined by…
What Do I Do If A Customer Won’t Wear a Mask?
Sep 11 • 8 min
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has laid out new workplace strategies for COVID-19-related violence prevention in order to avoid conflict if customers refuse to adhere to safety protocols being enforced by employees. The CDC has posted…
Do I Have to Reimburse My Employees for Personal Auto Use?
Sep 10 • 18 min
We will be looking at an explanation from the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor about the Fair Labor Standards Act, specifically about employee reimbursements. Generally, the FLSA requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees no…
Can I Pay My Commercial Drivers Commission Only?
Sep 9 • 13 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2Q8P2LF124] The Department of Labor has posted a clarification letter about the FLSA and addresses the question of whether commercial drivers can be paid solely on a commission basis. The FLSA exempts from its…
How Should Employers Deal with Employees Suffering from Opioid Addiction?
Sep 8 • 15 min
The Equal Employment Opportunity Council released guidance early in August 2020 that addressed employees who may be suffering from opioid addiction, referring to it as an opioid disability protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While this…
How Can Employers Correctly Track Paid Hours for Hourly Employees?
Sep 4 • 12 min
Employees that work from home on an hourly basis need an ability to clock in and out for their scheduled hours and an ability to report the time that they worked in an unscheduled time. For example, if the employer was not expecting the employee to work…
When and Why Would You Use a Performance Improvement Plan?
Sep 3 • 13 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUn4WQ017ds] It can be difficult for management to understand why an employee may be excelling in one area of a job while underperforming in another. Performance is evaluated on an ongoing basis but, often, it is…
Can My Employer Keep Me Past City Curfew?
Sep 2 • 8 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_35zj3H11g] The short answer to this question is “yes”. Of course, telecommuting is preferable. If the work can be done from home, the employer and employee should discuss options to prevent complications that…
Can I Force an Employee to Sign a Non-compete?
Sep 1 • 16 min
https://youtu.be/RfwwapAGcco In answering this question, it is important to note the differences between “noncompete”, “non-solicitation”, and “company” or “trade secrets” when navigating future opportunities. “Noncompete” simply means that the employee…
Post Accident Drug Testing, and Why Handbooks are HARD!
Aug 31 • 11 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHr2N0tkHcc] In this episode, we dive into Post Accident Drug Testing. After Oct 2018, OSHA has stated that most instances of workplace drug testing are permissible, including: Random drug testing; Drug testing…
What Are the Law Updates for Employers in August 2020? Part 3
Aug 28 • 10 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opgvh1N2grU] This episode goes through law updates in August 2020: Nebraska Employee Misclassification: The Employee Classification Act is amended to change enforcement provisions. The change provides that the…
What Are the Law Updates for Employers in August 2020? Part 2
Aug 27 • 11 min
This episode goes through law updates in August 2020: Georgia Disaster and Emergency Services Volunteer Leaves: Under the Disaster Volunteer Leave Act, employees of state agencies who are certified disaster service volunteers may be granted paid leaves of…
What Are the Law Updates for Employers in August 2020? Part 1
Aug 26 • 9 min
This episode goes through law updates in August 2020: California Unemployment Insurance: Tax-rated employers will receive relief from unemployment insurance benefit charges related to COVID-19. Alongside other states, California will not count…
What Do Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Liability?
Aug 25 • 10 min
This episode covers COVID-19 liability. As an employer recovering from shutdowns in your area, you may be in danger of getting a consumer or employment complaint from their potentially getting sick in your office or store. The liability shield for these…
How Many Businesses Were Prosecuted by the DOL Last Month for Primary Violations?
Aug 24 • 11 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWS79DfmIZA] Despite the many drastic developments that the U.S. has undergone in 2020, the Department of Labor remains vigilant in prosecuting and charging those convicted of primary violations. This episode…
How Does President Trump’s New Executive Order Affect H-1B Visas?
Aug 21 • 11 min
On August 3, 2020, a Tennessee Valley Authority action prompted President Trump to issue an Executive Order that cracks down on H-1B visas by requiring federal agencies that use government contractors to scrutinize contracts awarded in fiscal years 2018…
How Many People Will Work From Home in 2021? When Will We End the Layoffs?
Aug 20 • 8 min
A recent COVID-19 employer survey conducted by Willis Towers Watson says that a majority of North American employers expect that most of their furloughed workers will return to work by the first quarter of 2021. However, relatively few employers expect…
California SUES Uber and Lyft for Wage Theft!
Aug 19 • 8 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4ou875lubg] The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has filed separate lawsuits against transportation companies Uber and Lyft for committing wage theft by misclassifying employees as independent contractors.…
Does the Trump Executive Order Mean I Can Stop Withholding Employee Tax Payments?
Aug 18 • 11 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owy-xuAGWFU] Today’s episode explains President Trump’s recent executive order to extend pandemic unemployment benefits, student loan payment deferrals, eviction protections, and payroll tax cuts in the wake of…
Q&A: Harassment in the Workplace
Aug 17 • 17 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ojro6EBuw8&w=560&h=315] In this episode, we answer four common questions regarding harassment in the workplace. We received a complaint about harassment. How should we respond? When a company suspects that an…
How Do You Determine Whether an Employee Qualifies for Exemption?
Aug 14 • 14 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTCyKVzjues] Today’s episode summarizes all we have discussed regarding the FLSA exemption and provides an assessment that we recommend you perform with every single one of your employees. Even if the information…
How Do You Qualify for the Computer Employee, Outside Sales Employee, or Highly-Compensated Worker Exemption?
Aug 13 • 16 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2c6Zy4kgM8] In Part 3 of our series on understanding FLSA exemptions, we went over the qualifications for the professional employee exemption. In Part 4, we will cover the computer employee, outside sales…
How Do You Qualify for the Professional Employee Exemption?
Aug 12 • 15 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wvWuy0oBhU] In Part 2 of our series on understanding FLSA exemptions, we went over the qualifications for the administrative employee exemption. In Part 3, we will cover the professional exemption. There are two…
How Do You Qualify for the Administrative Employee Exemption?
Aug 11 • 17 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMr29G6SAUw] In Part 1 of our series on understanding FLSA exemptions, we went over what an exempt employee is, what you can and cannot do to their pay, and why you may want to have an exempt employee. In Part 2,…
How Should I Decide Whether to Pay a Salary or an Hourly Wage?
Aug 10 • 15 min
In this episode, we break down salaried versus hourly pay. This is going to be Part 1 of 5 for our weeklong coverage of the exempt and non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that most covered…
How Can You Tell Whether a Worker is an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Aug 7 • 16 min
In Part 2 of this six-part series, we go into further discussion on employee classification with regards to independent contractors vs employees. We will start by covering the other two other tests which the NLRA uses to determine the employer-worker…
What is in the New Q&A Released by the Department of Labor on COVID-19?
Aug 6 • 17 min
In this episode, we discuss the new Q&A released by the Department of Labor around Coronavirus, particularly with regards to labor-related scenarios. QUESTION #1: How many hours is an employer obligated to pay an hourly employee who works a partial week…
What Are the Changes to the Affordable Care Act in 2020?
Aug 5 • 11 min
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fkIAe7X-VQ] In this episode, we discuss the Affordable Care Act in 2020. This year’s changes include the suspension of the penalty for the individual mandate. While the penalty is now $0, note that it is still…
1099 NEC – What is it, and why is the 1099Misc Dead?
Aug 4 • 10 min
What is the Difference Between Form 1099-MISC and Form 1099-NEC? In Part 2 of this six-part series, we discuss the important differences between Form 1099-MISC and Form 1099-NEC which made its return in the 2020 tax year after a 38-year absence. Form…
Independent Contractor vs EE, How Can I Tell?
Aug 3 • 14 min
In this six-part series, we take a look at employee classification. When looking to hire for your business, it’s important to look at whether you’ll be taking on an independent contractor or a traditional employee. You’ll also need to decide whether the…
People Processes Interviews: How to Set and Measure Short and Long-Term Company Goals in Times of Uncertainty with Kathy Bowman Atkins
Jul 21 • 55 min
Every business has put together multi-year strategies, and from there worked backward to establish short-term goals. With the unexpected impact of COVID-19, many of these big picture plans lost steam. This is particularly true for small businesses. While…
People Processes Interviews: How to Prevent Bad Moments from Turning Into a Bad Day with Michael O’Brien
Jul 15 • 53 min
Everything that happens in life is neutral until you put a label on them. Listen in as today’s guest shares how he was able to turn a near-death experience into a catalyst that shaped his life’s purpose: to help corporate leaders and their people build…
People Processes Interviews: How to Find the Right Team Members for Your Organization Amid Trying Times with Ira Wolfe
Jul 10 • 57 min
Turbulent times paralyze the majority. The remaining few see strife as an opportunity to claim what many are not able to see just yet. We see this playing out today in the business world, a few months into the world-shaking effects of COVID-19. While…
People Processes Interviews: How to Become a Better Leader by Being Inwardly Sound and Others-Focused with Tim Spiker
Jul 7 • 59 min
Focus the organization and fuel the people. It’s easy for leaders in business to get caught up in managing others and accomplishing tasks over connection and introspection. As we learn in today’s episode, 77% of leadership comes from who a leader is, and…
People Processes Interviews: How One-On-Ones Managed via a CRM Exponentially Increases Productivity
Jul 3 • 48 min
Spend your energy wisely. Automation, and any other duplicatable process, allows you to minimize the time it takes to execute your processes and frees up time for you and your team to think about how you can improve those same processes. The more value…
PPP Forgiveness New App Walkthrough
Jun 30 • 14 min
[vimeo 430717492 w=640 h=360] Vimeo (https://vimeo.com). I’m going to show you a little bit about the New PPP Forgiveness Applications. There are now two of them. One an EZ version, one a full version, we’re going to talk about which one you should use,…
Transgender Rights, ACA Section 1557
Jun 26 • 8 min
We’re gonna be talking about two things that have happened in the last week. On June 15th, the Supreme Court issued some landmark federal civil rights laws, rulings that have affected Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibited discrimination…
OSHA Strikes Back
Jun 23 • 10 min
[vimeo 422432919 w=640 h=360] Vimeo (https://vimeo.com). And today, we’re going to be taking a look at some new OSHA updates that have come down the way. So let’s dive right in. So the first thing to know is that during the COVID-19 crisis, OSHA has been…
New PPP “EZ” Forgiveness Application
Jun 19 • 13 min
Due to the PPP Flexibility Act, the SBA has released updated forgiveness applications. Yes, I said applications, because they have now released an “EZ” version, along with the more complex original. Below is a video I put together to help you determine…
People Processes Interviews: The Benefits and How-Tos of Hiring Filipino VAs with OnlineJobs.ph founder John Jonas
Jun 17 • 61 min
The idea of outsourcing work used to be a questionable practice, whether for ethical reasons (i.e. exploiting lower wages) or patriotic ones (i.e. stealing jobs from Americans). Today’s guest explains why these concerns are nothing more than…
Many states have made laws that PRESUME COVID-19 happened at work
Jun 10 • 9 min
Today, we’re gonna be talking about the fact that many states have made laws that presume COVID-19 was contracted at work and makes you liable via workers’ comp for any contraction of COVID-19. We’re gonna talk about that and we’re gonna talk about how to…
PPP Loan Forgiveness Application
Jun 4 • 14 min
Today we’re going to be taking a look at the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application, which was released on Sunday, May 18. We’re going to go through it. I am recording a video of this as well, which will allow us to, if you’d like on our website, I’ll have a…
People Processes Interviews: David Veech
May 29 • 58 min
Today we’re going to be interviewing David Veech. David teaches leaders how to love, learn, and let go so they can create a workplace that fully engages the creative and productive powers of their people. He learned through 20 years of service in the army…
People Processes Interviews: Cindy Ogden
May 19 • 58 min
At some point, businesses big or small will run into the issue of wasted time which, by extension, turns into wasted money. Usually, it’s a case of the business owner or a manager becoming too involved with tasks that ought to be delegated to others. To…
People Processes Interviews: James Sinclair
May 15 • 59 min
James Sinclair is the CEO and co-founder of the EnterpriseAlumni as the market-leading alumni in the retiree engagement platform. EnterpriseAlumni is a multinational software corporation that develops enterprise software that manages corporate alumni and…
Checklist to Get Ready to Reopen
May 12 • 19 min
Today, we’re going to actually dive into a checklist, which will be available on our website of great information to reopen. It’s our return-to-work checklist and I’m so excited to be talking about this. We may not be all there, we’re not all be reopening…
Common Mistakes with COVID that have already caused lawsuits
May 8 • 18 min
Today, we’re gonna be taking a deep dive into Five Wage and Hour lawsuits that we’re seeing from actions employers took related to COVID-19. We just want to go through these, hit the highlights, see if there’s a place you can fix this now before people…
Unemployment Vs Furlough
May 4 • 11 min
Many companies, now that the PPP funds have been distributed, are making the big decision this week on whether to layoff employees or not. I wanted to bring another option to the table to protect your team when they can not work. Obviously, the “best”…
Unemployment and the PPP
Apr 28 • 9 min
Today, we’re going to be diving into the interactions between Unemployment and the Paycheck Protection Program or the CARES Act. We’re going to talk a little bit more about that in just a second. But before we go too deep, please subscribe to our podcast.…
People Processes Interviews: Rocky Romanella
Apr 24 • 32 min
Today we’re going to be interviewing Rocky Romanello. He has had an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years focused on supply chain logistics, retail sales, sales operations, all kinds of things at UPS, including the UPS Store franchise network. He…
People Processes Interviews: Ralph Peterson
Apr 21 • 51 min
Today we are interviewing Ralph Peterson. He is the owner and operator of Ralph Peterson LLC, which is a Management Development Company. It specializes in helping mission driven organizations, built five star management teams, primarily in the long-term…
People Processes Interviews: Kris Plachy
Apr 17 • 54 min
Today we’re speaking with Kris Plachy. Kris has poured her life’s work into learning about understanding, and then guiding leaders through the tricky path of learning how to lead a team in a space where there’s a lot of noise and advice. Kris has designed…
People Processes Interviews: Amber Hurdle
Apr 14 • 49 min
And today, we are interviewing Amber Hurdle. Amber hurdle is the CEO of Amber Hurdle Consulting. It’s a multi-award winning talent optimization firm. They pioneers using both science and marketing principles to strengthen customers’ brands from the inside…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 6: Am I liable if my employee gets sick with Coronavirus?
Apr 7 • 8 min
This is going to be Part VI of our COVID-19 Q&A. These are just questions that are coming in hot from our various employers and subscribers. We want to help before we dive in too deep. Today, what we’re going to be talking about employer liability…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 5: Does our group health insurance cover Coronavirus?
Apr 3 • 11 min
This is Part V of our COVID-19 Q&A series. We’re gonna be talking about health insurance applications over the coronavirus, including layoffs and furloughs. We’re going to talk about specific coverages that are being offered new enrollment periods, all…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 4: If I layoff an employee, do I have to pay this new sick leave?
Mar 31 • 10 min
This is going to be Part IV of our Q&A on COVID-19. And we’re going to talk specifically a little bit about the FFCRA (Families First Coronavirus Response Act). Since the last podcast episode, this is past. It’s a law that provides many provisions, but…
People Processes Interviews: Bill Coletti Kith
Mar 27 • 57 min
Today, we are interviewing Bill Coletti. We are so excited to have him on. He is a reputation management, crisis communications and professional development expert. He’s been the Wall Street Journal risk and compliance panelist. He’s a best selling author…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 3: Can an employee refuse to come to work because of fear of Coronavirus?
Mar 24 • 12 min
Today, however, we are doing Part III of our COVID-19 Q&A, so we’re gonna be talking about Coronavirus. Today’s Part III is all about, basically, employee’s right of refusal to come to work, what sort of things you have to deal with in terms of…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 2: I think an employee may be sick… what do I do?
Mar 20 • 12 min
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Rhamy Alejeal, CEO of People Processes and I want to welcome you to the People Processes podcast. Here we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your…
COVID 19 Q&A PT 1: Should we send everyone to work from home with this Coronavirus?
Mar 18 • 17 min
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the People Processes podcast. Where we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. I’m going to cut the intro short and introduce myself…
New Overtime Guidance explains Lump Sum Bonuses!
Mar 13 • 8 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. And welcome to the People Processes podcast. My name is Rhamy Alejeal and I’ll be your host today. I’m the CEO of People Processes. And on this podcast, we dive deep into the tools, loans and yes, processes that you…
SECURE Act changes a LOT about 401k plans!
Mar 10 • 8 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal, CEO of People Processes, and here we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your…
March 8 (Spring Forward) CAN totally screw up your pay!
Mar 6 • 3 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Rhamy Alejeal, for the People Processes podcast. We dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. This is going to be a super quick episode,…
2020 is weird, you may way overpay your employees!
Mar 3 • 6 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast, where we dive deep into the tools, laws, and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. We help companies all across the United States…
Understanding Mileage Reimbursement in 2020
Feb 14 • 6 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast, where we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. My name is Rhamy Alejeal, I’m the CEO of People…
The Battle Update: What is going on with the ACA?
Feb 11 • 6 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast, where we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. My name is Rhamy Alejeal, I’m the CEO of People…
People Processes Interviews: Jacqueline Throop-Robinson
Feb 7 • 50 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast, where we dive deep into the tools, laws and processes that you need to know in order to scale and grow your organization. We help organizations all across the USA, streamline,…
People Process Interviews: Sue Salvemini
Feb 3 • 32 min
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the People Processes podcast. I’m Rhamy Alejeal and today I am so excited to bring you Sue Salvemini. She is an author, speaker, and executive leadership coach. She helps leaders and teams align their work with their core…
People Process Interviews: Thomas Veeman
Jan 31 • 47 min
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the People Processes podcast. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal, and I am really excited today to bring you Thomas Veeman. The co-founder of Conversari Global. They upgrade people for the future of work. Thomas has worked in…
People Process Interviews: Linda Brown
Jan 27 • 25 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast. My name is Rhamy Alejeal, and today we are interviewing Linda Brown. Linda is awesome. She is a Master Certified Profit First Professional. She’s a Certified Preventive Growth…
People Process Interviews: Lee Caraher
Jan 23 • 32 min
Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Rhamy Alejeal, your host of People Processes. We’re so excited to have you tune in today. Today we are interviewing Lee Caraher. She is the founder and CEO of double forte PR, did a double forte PR and digital…
People Process Interviews: Jacob Baddsgaard
Jan 20 • 39 min
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the people processes podcast. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal and I am excited today to welcome Jake Baddsgaard. He is an amazing entrepreneur. After growing one of his first pay-per-click clients from 25 to 250 employees,…
Q&A: Does Workers Comp Count against FMLA?
Jan 17 • 10 min
Listen and learn about FMLA and workers’ compensation. We’re going to be talking about required religious holidays and a few more topics.
Do you have a Performance Based Bonus Plan?
Jan 13 • 9 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the People Processes podcast where we dive deep into the tools, laws and yes policies and processes that you need to scale and grow your people processes. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal and I’m the CEO of…
People Process Interviews: Angela Lauria
Jan 9 • 40 min
Dr. Angela is the founder of the author incubator and creator of different processes for writing a book that matters. In 2018, The Author Incubator was ranked #275 on the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies and #87 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur…
New Trump Order means Insurance has to tell you how much things cost?
Jan 3 • 10 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the people processes podcast where we dive deep into the tools, laws and processes that you need to scale and grow your people processes. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal and I’m the CEO of people processes. My…
When to start using the 2020 W4
Dec 27, 2019 • 10 min
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the people processes podcast where we dive deep into the tools, your laws and processes that you need to scale and grow your people processes. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal and I’m the CEO of people processes.…
New FLSA Standards are not enough for Washington!
Dec 20, 2019 • 11 min
Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the people processes podcast where we dive deep into the tools, laws and policies that you need to scale and grow your people processes. I’m your host, Rhamy Alejeal and I’m the CEO of people processes. My…
People Process Interviews: Tomas Keenan
Jul 2, 2019 • 28 min
Rhamy Alejeal Interviews Thomas Keenan, Author of UnF*ck Your Business. Tomas is the CEO at Top Class Installations where he is responsible for setting the vision, managing finances, and building the team. Everyday he is focused on improving efficiency…
Trump’s Executive Order promotes price transparency, but lacks detail
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
Eliminating surprise medical bills, improving transparency in prices, as well as revealing how prices are negotiated were the focus, but details about how information must be provided was left to the regulations, in an Executive Order signed by President…
All the minimum wage increases in the next year
Jun 18, 2019 • 9 min
Is your business prepared for a minimum wage increase? A quick update from poplarfinancial.com! Many states across the country have recently raised the minimum wage, and more changes are on the horizon. Even an increase of $.75 an hour for 20 employees…
People Processes Interviews: Alison Colley
Jun 11, 2019 • 25 min
Who are we interviewing: Alison Colley – Solicitor and Founder of Real Employment Law Advice and host of the podcast ‘The Employment Law and HR Podcast’ How did she get here? I qualified as a Solicitor (known as lawyer in the US) in the UK in 2006 and…
People Process Interviews: Nathan Hirsch
May 28, 2019 • 21 min
Nathan Hirsch is a 29 year old long time entrepreneur and expert in remote hiring and eCommerce. He started his first eCommerce business out of his college dorm room and has sold over $30 million online. He is now the co-founder and CEO of FreeeUp.com, a…
People Processes Interviews: Alicia Dunams
May 14, 2019 • 28 min
International leadership trainer, certified mediator and communications expert, Alicia Dunams, has coached tens of thousands of leaders, executives, and industry experts to share their message with the world through her signature process and acclaimed…
DEEP DIVE! New 4 Factor Test for Joint Employment
May 1, 2019 • 14 min
Proposed joint employer rule includes 4-factor test: hiring and firing, supervision and control, payment, and recordkeeping Noting it has not meaningfully revised its joint employer regulation since 1958, the Labor Department has announced via press…
Survey reveals employees’ major financial stressors, millennials’ interest in gig work
Apr 18, 2019 • 5 min
Survey reveals employees’ major financial stressors, millennials’ interest in gig work MetLife’s 17th Annual US Employee Benefit Trends Study 2019 reveals that we are now seeing additional trends redefining why we work and what work means to people.…
CMS Extends Small Group Transitional Relief Policies through 2020
Apr 11, 2019 • 5 min
CMS Extends Small Group Transitional Relief Policies through 2020 On Mar 25, 2019, CMS issued a new one year extension of its transitional policy for non-grandfathered small group plans that are not compliant with the ACA. Policyholders will be allowed to…
Q&A: Do adoption assistance programs need to be in writing?
Mar 12, 2019 • 3 min
Issue: You would like to implement an adoption assistance program for your company. In order for the financial assistance to be nontaxable, does the program need to be in writing? Answer: Yes. Adoption assistance programs are governed under Internal…
Q&A: Considering ADA when denying a promotion
Mar 7, 2019 • 4 min
Issue: Katy, a long-time sales clerk, applied for the position of assistant store manager. Even though Katy was the best qualified applicant, the store owner decided to promote another employee after learning that Katy doesn’t have a driver’s license…
Q&A: Are baseball tickets, hot dogs, drinks purchased for a client deductible under new tax law?
Mar 5, 2019 • 5 min
Issue: Rick, a salesman, invited Bob, a business contact, to a baseball game. Rick purchased tickets for them to attend the game. While at the game, Rick bought hot dogs and drinks for both himself and Bob. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA),…
HR Update: NJ Paid Family Leave, Employer CHIP Notice, Min Wages, and Workplace Violence
Feb 28, 2019 • 5 min
Paid family leave. A new law in New Jersey will expand the state’s paid family leave program in a number of ways, including doubling the number of weeks for family leave insurance and temporary disability insurance; raising the weekly benefit; increasing…
Q&A: Flu and the FMLA
Feb 26, 2019 • 2 min
Question: Is the common flu considered a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)? Answer: Most cases of the common flu do not meet the definition of “serious health condition” and would not be eligible for Family and Medical…
Interview: Ronit Enos – Salon Cadence
Feb 21, 2019 • 25 min
Learn about decision-making and some ideas about how to do it with one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the hair industry, who is also an ex-Israeli special forces trainer, Ronit Enos. In particular, learn why decision making can be difficult and…
Interview: Erin Longmoon – Zephyr Recruiting
Feb 14, 2019 • 22 min
Today we interview Erin Longmoon, CEO of Zephyr Recruiting. We talk cover her journey in creating her company, and get some great insights on the processes around attracting the best talent!
All the Minimum Wage increases, by state for Jan 1 2019!
Jan 8, 2019 • 8 min
The minimum wage will increase in 20 states on or before January 1 Twenty states will see increases in the minimum wage in the new year—one, New York, actually beginning on December 31. The minimum wage increases are scheduled as follows: Alaska. The…
How to Have a Productive Exit Interview
Dec 3, 2018 • 10 min
How to Have a Productive Exit Interview It’s never an ideal situation when an employee leaves your organization.Whether it’s a voluntarily or involuntarily move, there’s paperwork to be completed, a new hire to be made, and an exit interview to conduct.…
Do You Have Mixed Emotions about Open Enrollment?
Nov 20, 2018 • 7 min
Do You Have Mixed Emotions about Open Enrollment? It’s typical to have mixed feelings about the annual benefits open enrollment period. Dread for the additional administrative workload and potential benefits cost increases… Anticipation of newer, more…
The Four Measurements of an HR System that Works
Oct 11, 2018 • 6 min
Automation can make HR processes run smoother, saving organizations time and money, and helping them avoid costly mistakes. However, it’s important to note that an automated HR system doesn’t replace the human element of HR. Rather, the goal is to unify…
Q&A: Porn on an employees computer?
Oct 9, 2018 • 4 min
Question: We have found pornography on an employee’s computer. How should we handle this? And, is an employee’s addiction to pornography protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Answer: An addiction to pornography is not protected…
Five Common Onboarding Issues and How to Avoid Them
Oct 4, 2018 • 7 min
Starting a new job might be cause for nerves, but it shouldn’t induce headaches. Organizations that understand this fact will ensure their onboarding process is smooth for the new employee and seamless for the HR staff. Yet many organizations still…
Q&A: OSHA 300 for Temporary Workers
Oct 2, 2018 • 4 min
Question: We conduct hearing tests on employees and record any discovered hearing loss on our OSHA 300 log. Are we required to conduct tests on temporary workers we hire through an agency, and if so, should we report those hearing losses differently?…
Why Too Many HR Departments are Unproductive
Sep 27, 2018 • 5 min
For the important role they play within every type of organization or business, HR departments too often lack that… human touch. This isn’t their fault, however, as countless talented HR professionals are buried under cumbersome tasks and receive zero…
Q&A: Required by law to have a compliance officer?
Sep 25, 2018 • 3 min
Question: Are we were required by law to have a dedicated compliance officer, who cannot be the same individual who handles HR? Answer: No. In general, companies are not required by law to have a dedicated compliance officer. However, some sectors have…
Why You Should Consider Timekeeping for Your Salaried Employees
Sep 20, 2018 • 6 min
The forty-hour work week came about in 1938 as a result of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also established that hourly workers had to be paid a minimum wage and overtime. Hourly workers are required to use timekeeping systems to track their hours,…
Q&A: Overtime pay for hourly bonuses
Sep 18, 2018 • 5 min
Question: How do we handle overtime pay calculations for hourly employees when they receive nondiscretionary bonuses? Answer: A nondiscretionary bonus is a bonus based on an employee meeting criteria such as production, sales, quality, efficiency, or…
How to Have a Productive Exit Interview
Aug 21, 2018 • 8 min
It’s never an ideal situation when an employee leaves your organization. Whether it’s a voluntarily or involuntarily move, there’s paperwork to be completed, a new hire to be made, and an exit interview to conduct. If you skip the exit interview, you’re…
Q&A: Does a pregnant worker denied starting a job, when baby is due, have a plausible claim of discrimination?
Aug 15, 2018 • 5 min
Q&A: Does a pregnant worker denied starting a job, when baby is due, have a plausible claim of discrimination? Issue: Lucy, a part-time employee who works remotely, applied for a full-time position with her employer. During the second round of interviews,…
While Americans have mixed views of unions, public sector organizing suffers setback
Aug 13, 2018 • 7 min
While Americans have mixed views of unions, public sector organizing suffers setback The decline in the number of Americans represented by labor unions is seen more negatively than positively by U.S. adults, according to a new survey released by the Pew…
CareerBuilder’s midyear job forecast shows tough hiring environment for employers is paying off for job seekers
Aug 10, 2018 • 4 min
CareerBuilder’s midyear job forecast shows tough hiring environment for employers is paying off for job seekers As employers grapple with a highly competitive hiring environment that is causing prolonged job vacancies across the U.S., workers are reaping…
Temecula nail salon cited $1.2 million for misclassification and wage theft of 36 workers
Aug 8, 2018 • 7 min
Temecula nail salon cited $1.2 million for misclassification and wage theft of 36 workers The California Labor Commissioner’s Office issued more than $1.2 million in wage theft citations to a Temecula nail salon for misclassifying and failing to properly…
House lawmakers introduce bill to require E-Verify use
Jul 24, 2018 • 8 min
PROPOSED LEGISLATION,(Jul. 24, 2018) A group of Republican, plus two Democratic, lawmakers have teamed up to introduce and co-sponsor the “AG and Legal Workforce Act,” which would replace what sponsors called the “outdated and broken H-2A agricultural…
U.S. employers eye improvements to compensation programs
Jul 20, 2018 • 6 min
U.S. employers eye improvements to compensation programs Growing pressure to improve their pay-for-performance programs and ensure fair pay throughout the workplace is sparking changes to corporate America’s employee compensation and performance…
EHB, “minimum value” nixed despite concerns for AHP’s
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 min
According to commenters, certain populations with specific needs, such as those with disabilities, could be disproportionately affected if their coverage does not include a robust level of benefits. Some of these commenters suggested that to mitigate…
EEOC—Fifty years after the ADEA, agency reports on the state of older workers and bias
Jul 16, 2018 • 9 min
EEOC—Fifty years after the ADEA, agency reports on the state of older workers and bias Even though the ADEA took effect 50 years ago in June 1968, age discrimination remains too common and too accepted as outdated assumptions about older workers and…
SHRM survey finds uptick in health and wellness offerings
Jul 13, 2018 • 5 min
BENEFITS—SHRM survey finds uptick in health and wellness offerings As a tight job market continues to help drive increases in employee benefits offered by organizations, health and wellness along with employee programs and services are the benefits most…
6 Questions on Dependent Care Spending Accounts
Jul 11, 2018 • 7 min
School’s out! Summer is here, and it’s the time of year when working parents have questions about using their Dependent Care Spending Accounts (DCSAs). Are summer camp expenses eligible? What about day versus overnight camps? Employers and benefit…
Too few managers believe key performance indicators align with organization’s strategic objectives
Jul 6, 2018 • 6 min
Too few managers believe key performance indicators align with organization’s strategic objectives — MIT SLOAN A new global study on the state of key performance indicators, released by MIT Sloan Management Review(SMR), suggests that a high number of…
Whole benefits package crucial in competitive labor market
Jul 4, 2018 • 5 min
TOP TALENT—Whole benefits package crucial in competitive labor market With low unemployment hovering at 4 percent, many companies face the recurring question of how to attract and retain top talent in a candidate-driven landscape. In order to remain…
Compensation Changes – Inflation Up, Unemployement Down, Wages Stable
Jul 2, 2018 • 6 min
CPI for all items rises 0.2% in April The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis after falling 0.1 percent in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 10. Over the…
FORM I-9—Increased federal enforcement requires proactive measures
Jun 29, 2018 • 7 min
FORM I-9—Increased federal enforcement requires proactive measures The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is stepping up enforcement efforts of unauthorized workers by tripling its number of officers and quintupling the number of enforcement…
How to calculate if you are an Applicable Large Employer under the ACA
Jun 25, 2018 • 7 min
You are an applicable large employer if you averaged at least 50 full-time employees, including full-time equivalent employees, during the prior calendar year. ALEs are subject to information reporting and the employer shared responsibility provisions.…
Majority of working parents claim they are able to ‘have it all’
Jun 20, 2018 • 6 min
Majority of working parents claim they are able to ‘have it all’ — SURVEY RESULTS According to the majority of workers with children at home (78 percent) who participated in a CareerBuilder survey, it is possible to be successful at work and at home. The…
Benchmark: Employer Costs for Employee Compensation
Jun 18, 2018 • 7 min
Benchmark: Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Employee compensation packages usually contain at least two components: base salary or hourly wage; and group benefits. Base salary depends on competitive considerations such as the available talent…
New Supreme Court Ruling Affects Arbitration Agreements
Jun 15, 2018 • 11 min
Legal analysis of alternative dispute resolution What are the issues that arise when considering whether or not to offer alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to employees in the hope that they will use ADR in lieu of litigation? An employer wants to be…
New NLRB memo talks permissible vs. impermissible handbook rules
Jun 11, 2018 • 10 min
New NLRB memo talks permissible vs. impermissible handbook rules in light of Boeing In the aftermath of its December 2017 The Boeing Company decision, the National Labor Relations Board has issued new guidance on handbook rules. The June 7 General Counsel…
No more tax deductions for un-reimbursed business travel!
Jun 6, 2018 • 5 min
Standard mileage rates updated to reflect elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions In Notice 2018-42, the IRS has updated Notice 2018-3, to reflect changes to the tax law made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA; P.L. 115-97). Changes impacting…
Special Notice: TN Employers – Unemployment Insurance
Jun 4, 2018 • 2 min
Law amended — TENNESSEE — Unemployment Insurance,(Jun. 1, 2018) Electronic filing requirement. Except as otherwise provided in the Law, beginning January 1, 2019, and each quarter afterwards, every employer, and every person or organization who reports…
12 Employee Company hit with $550,000 in penalties for misclassifying interns!
Jun 1, 2018 • 7 min
Private equity firm to pay over $550,000 in back wages and penalties over misclassifying employees as interns — MASSACHUSETTS — Employee misclassification A Boston private equity firm will pay more than half a million dollars in penalties and wages to 174…
People Processes: Best Practices for pay equity, and I-9’s
May 30, 2018 • 8 min
Law firm’s pay equity guidance points to trends — PRACTICE TIP Acknowledging Equal Pay Day on April 10, Seyfarth Shaw’s Pay Equity Group released a pair of reference guides on pay equity that are aimed at enhancing employers’ compliance efforts: the 2018…
People Processes: Investing in Benefits Technology, Professionals can’t unplug
May 25, 2018 • 7 min
Employers found to be accelerating adoption of benefits technology — SURVEY RESULTS Since 2012, investors have steered more than $14 billion into human capital management (HCM) software and platforms. A new study by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of…
People Processes Q&A: FMLA part time, Pet Bereavement, and Garnishments
May 23, 2018 • 8 min
How should intermittent FMLA leave be calculated when an employee moves from full- to part-time status? Issue: Six months ago, one of your full-time employees (working 40 hours per week) was granted intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave…
People Processes: Open Workspaces, Short Term Incentives, and Background Checks
May 21, 2018 • 12 min
Workers value sense of community in the workplace About half (47 percent) of part- or full-time employees value a community atmosphere in the place where they work, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research, ratings and reviews company. The…
People Processes: Deep Dive into Mental Health Parity and Autism Diagnosis
May 18, 2018 • 18 min
EBSA issues array of guidance on mental health parity EBSA has released an array of guidance on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), including proposed Frequently Asked Questions, an enforcement fact sheet, a self-compliance tool,…
People Processes: Do we have to cover gender reassignment? A Deep Dive into Gender Identity Discrimination
May 16, 2018 • 19 min
NY Assembly again passes Gender Non-discrimination Act — NEW YORK The New York State Assembly has again passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced on May 7. The legislation would prohibit…
Q&A: Six Tips to Head off Hiring Headaches, and Employee Fatality at Work
May 14, 2018 • 9 min
Six tips to head off hiring headaches Issue»: You work for an advertising agency and are having trouble filling several creative positions at your organization. While many resumes look promising, candidates are not living up to expectations when…
People Processes: Q&A – Group Retirement, and Dramatic Changes in Appearance
May 11, 2018 • 8 min
How can organizations help prepare employees for a timely retirement? Issue: Your workers are anxious about saving enough money for retirement, according to results from your organization’s latest employee opinion survey. What strategies can you employ to…
People Processes: Compliance Update May 7
May 9, 2018 • 9 min
May 7 Compliance Update Health savings accounts. The limit on deductible health savings account (HSA) contributions for 2018 is now back to $6,900 for individuals with family coverage under a high deductible health plan (HDHP). In March, this amount was…
People Processes: Deep Dive into Non-Compete Agreements
May 7, 2018 • 25 min
Noncompetition Agreements and Trade Secrets Introduction Whenever an employer hires a new employee, the employer provides that person with access to the organization’s most valuable assets: its people, its customers, and its way of doing business. Given…
People Processes Q&A: If one of my employee punches another, is my company liable?
May 2, 2018 • 11 min
Question: Can we require that employees exhaust their vacation and sick time at the beginning of an approved medical leave of absence? Answer: Generally, an employer may require employees to exhaust their paid time off when a medical leave, such as that…
People Processes: No more lunch catering for your employees?
Apr 30, 2018 • 6 min
Human Resources: Issues and Answers,Can employers still reimburse employees for meals?, Issue: Your company reimburses employees for meals when they work late or on weekends. You heard that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 changed the tax treatment of…
People Processes: Compliance Update – Applications, Min Wage, Tips, and Turnover.
Apr 27, 2018 • 7 min
Employment inquiries. A new law in Michigan prohibits local governments in the state from adopting ordinances that regulate the information a current or potential employer may request, require, or exclude on job applications or during the interview…
People Processes: Equal Pay – Rizo v. Yovino
Apr 25, 2018 • 5 min
Another Step Toward Equal Pay On April 9, 2018, in Rizo v. Yovino, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the federal Equal Pay Act an employer cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees by relying on prior salary.…
People Processes: Tax Credit for Paid Family Medical Leave
Apr 23, 2018 • 7 min
IRS guidance on tax credit for paid family and medical leave On April 9, 2018, the IRS issued a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that address the employer credit under Internal Revenue Code Sec. 45S for paid family and medical leave ( 5). The…
Employee Handbook Q&A
Apr 13, 2018 • 16 min
Question: We recently made some changes to our handbook policies regarding benefits offered to employees and have a disclaimer stating, “The Company reserves the exclusive right to change or terminate any benefits or related policy at any time in…
People Processes: Employee Handbook Self Audit Pt 2
Apr 11, 2018 • 13 min
Introduction part 2 Most employment relations experts agree that employee handbooks are an essential part, if not the foundation, of effective human resources (HR) management and positive employee relations. Handbooks can also play a critical role in…
People Processes: Employee Handbook Self Audit Pt 1
Apr 10, 2018 • 11 min
Employee Handbook Self-Audit Introduction Most employment relations experts agree that employee handbooks are an essential part, if not the foundation, of effective human resources (HR) management and positive employee relations. Handbooks can also play a…
Q&A: PTO Negative Balances, Religious Holidays, Complicated Overtime
Apr 6, 2018 • 8 min
Question: Our vacation policy allows employees to “borrow” up to 40 vacation hours before earning them. Employees who leave our employment but have not repaid their hours are deducted those hours on their final paycheck. Is this permissible? Answer:…
Q&A: FLSA Deep Dive Pt 2
Apr 4, 2018 • 10 min
Question: What does “discretion and independent judgment” mean when applying the duties tests? Answer: The Department of Labor defines the use of discretion and independent judgment as more than the use of skill in applying well-established techniques,…
Q&A: Deep Dive into FLSA Part 1
Apr 2, 2018 • 10 min
Question: I have an exempt employee who would like to earn extra money working in another department in a nonexempt role. She works 40 hours per week in the exempt role, and would work 15 to 20 hours per week in a nonexempt role. Would she automatically…
People Process: What to do when you have to fire someone.
Mar 30, 2018 • 9 min
Sometimes, you have to let someone go. It sucks, its sad, and its also a legal minefield. This episode addresses the checklist needed when you let someone go. We are not going to really get into why you should fire someone, but rather we are going to dive…
Q&As: Mom and Pop Medical Insurance, In Network ER, and Bonus’s for Salaried Employees
Mar 28, 2018 • 5 min
2 Person Group Insurance Question: Is a small owner-only business eligible for group medical insurance? At this time, our company is comprised of the owner and his wife. There are no other employees yet, but we plan to hire employees in the future. Can we…
People Processes: Electronic HR Files
Mar 26, 2018 • 7 min
Goodbye Papercut Monster. Hello Electronic Personnel Files. Previously, we discussed records retention and how long employers need to hang on to all things having to do with hiring and retaining employees. As promised, we’ll now delve into best practices…
Weekly Compliance Update: HSA’s, FLSA, and Discrimination
Mar 21, 2018 • 8 min
Health savings accounts. The limit on health savings account (HSA) contributions for 2018 is now $6,850 for family coverage, as updated by the IRS to reflect changes under the recent tax reform law. Medical savings accounts. The 2018 deductibles and…
Q&A: Tax Credit for paid FMLA? Yes!
Mar 16, 2018 • 5 min
Question: Our company is considering adopting a paid family leave program for employees. I think I read something indicating paid family leave was addressed in the tax bill that passed late last year. Is that true? Answer: First of all, kudos to you. Paid…
Compliance Update: Marijuana in the Workforce
Mar 16, 2018 • 8 min
Marijuana regulations are rapidly changing, keeping both employers and lawmakers on their toes. With expanding legislation legalizing medical and recreational marijuana spreading across the country, what used to be a clear workplace policy enforced by HR…
Listener Questions: EEOC, FSA’s, and 2018 NLRB Updates
Mar 14, 2018 • 9 min
Question: We are in the process of revising our employee handbook. Are there any anticipated new laws that will require policy changes in early 2018? If so, we will probably wait for those new policies before finalizing the handbook. Answer: It is not…
People Processes – An Introduction
Mar 12, 2018 • 11 min
Welcome to People Processes Podcast. This episode has an introduction to the structure of the podcast, what information you can expect to gain, and a quick story of on of our business leaders who helped turn her organization around