HR Hot Topics

The first quarter of 2019 has brought several potential changes in both proposed regulations and legislation that may impact your organization.  Below are the current HR Hot Topics to be keep in mind: 

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Gearing up for Summer Interns

It’s barely Spring and yet here we are already looking into Summer. This is perhaps not by choice but because Summer Interns are actively seeking potential employers for internships. If your organization has intentions of employing Summer Interns, it’s time to proactively prepare.

Summer Interns can bring many different benefits to an organization. Some of those benefits may come through the Summer Intern’s unique perspectives and skill sets. Other benefits consist of easier recruitment for the employer in terms of future employment opportunities. Forbes recently reported on permanent placements of Summer Interns following internship programs: “In 2018, the offer rate for interns was 59%, the acceptance rate was 77.3% and the conversion rate was 45.6%, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).” (Fallstrom, 2019).   

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Hot Off the Press – Overtime Pay Regulation Proposal Announced

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the long-anticipated proposal to the salary-level threshold changes for white collar exemptions (overtime pay regulation).

As many of you may recall, in May of 2016, the DOL released the Final Rule on the overtime pay regulation with an increase from $23,660 to $47,476 for full-time exempt employees; however, this was blocked in November of 2016 by a U.S. District Court Judge, Amos Mazzant. The DOL did appeal the District Court’s decision, but a permanent injunction was issued in August of 2017. Employers have been holding their breath, expecting a new proposal to be released with the Trump Administration.

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Making the Best of Every Meeting

Patrick Lencioni, author of the New York Times Best-Seller, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” asserted, “Meetings are usually terrible, but they shouldn’t be.” Do your managers grumble when the infamous calendar invite for a company meeting invades their email inboxes? Do you find meetings monopolizing your calendar and preventing productivity? On average, office workers spend twenty-one percent (21%) of their work day in meetings, of which twenty-five percent (25%) is deemed as “wasted” in their opinion.

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2019 Employment and Labor Law Updates

Recently, the HR Advisors for HR Partners attended the Kansas Society of Human Resources Management (“KSSHRM”) Employment Law and Benefits Conference. This conference discussed upcoming and changing laws, which may impact your workplace.

The following should be kept in consideration as we move forward through 2019. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.

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