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In today’s modern job market, attracting top talent requires a flexible approach. With the rise of remote work, technological advancements, and a focus on work-life balance, candidates have more choices and higher expectations than ever. Key Flexibility Strategies: Remote and Hybrid Work Options: Offering these can expand your talent pool and retain employees who value...

Well, I just went down a rabbit trail of songs that have lyrics about pay. Why you ask? Because we have to talk about it, AGAIN. (And I didn’t find any good ones. Let me know if you’ve got one) There are so many things happening in the economy and political landscape that are impacting...

Expecting Change: The Impact of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

In today’s rapidly evolving legal landscape, staying informed is crucial. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which was effective June 27, 2023, marks a significant milestone in safeguarding the rights of expectant employees and applicants and it requires leaders to adapt their policies accordingly. On April 15, 2024, the EEOC issued final regulations for employers...

DOL’s New Overhauled Overtime Rule Sets Higher Salary Thresholds for Now into the Future

On April 23, 2024, the Department of Labor (DOL) introduced a pivotal final rule, heralding significant adjustments to the salary thresholds governing specific overtime exemptions outlined within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This regulatory measure is poised to impact approximately 4 million employees, potentially altering their exempt status under the FLSA. Consequently, employers...

Embracing Change: A Lesson from “Who Moved My Cheese?”

Change is inevitable in every aspect of life, including the workplace. How we respond to change can make a significant difference in our success and satisfaction. In the bestselling book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer Johnson, the concept of change is explored through a simple yet profound allegory that resonates with both job...

FTC Turns up the Heat with Ban on Noncompete

Employers may start feeling like their competitive edge is getting dull after the FTC approved a ban on nearly all noncompete clauses in employee agreements. The center of this competition: competing interests between employers’ desire to protect trade secrets while shielding themselves from unfair competition and employees’ desire to avail themselves to new opportunities and...

Kristi’s Korner: April Showers Bring May…. Employment Law Changes???

Yes, that is correct. April was a crazy month of legislation and decisions that will impact employment law and the way we operate our businesses for the foreseeable future. A few of these changes, that my team has written more about below, include: ·        Final rulings on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act ·        Federal ruling on non-competes...

Navigating Your Career Path – “April Showers Bring May Flowers”

As April approaches, we find ourselves amidst the rejuvenating rains that herald the arrival of spring. Just as the earth is refreshed by these showers, so too can individuals revitalize their careers through strategic job searches and professional development. In the spirit of this seasonal transformation, let’s explore how you can navigate you career path...

EmpowHR Your Network: OKHR State Conference

Can you believe it’s already April? For us in HR, this month holds something special—the OKHR State Conference happening from April 16-18 in downtown Tulsa. This event has been a game-changer for me since my early days in HR straight out of college. Back then, I was still figuring things out, but one thing that...