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When Does Off-Duty Use of Smartphones Result in Compensable Overtime? Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC USA   January 26, 2016 As you may already know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) salary requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will be revised in 2016, making millions of additional employees eligible… Read more »

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Summertime Blues? Solicitor of Labor Eyes July Publication of Overtime Regs By Seyfarth Shaw LLP on February 1st, 2016 Posted in DOL Enforcement Authored by Alex Passantino Pinning down a publication date for the DOL’s final revisions to the white-collar exemption rules has proven difficult for anyone outside of the agency’s headquarters. Sometimes, the answer seems… Read more »

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Wage pressures coming? U.S. companies start to sound the alarm NEW YORK | By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK Early indications of wage pressures in pockets of corporate America have begun emerging in recent weeks, suggesting labor costs could be a bigger headwind for U.S. companies in 2016. Over the course of the latest corporate earnings… Read more »

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Telecommuting – employees enter the sharing economy? Blog Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Foley & Lardner LLP USA November 16 2015 As onrushing technological changes continue to disrupt our society, the concepts of how we work and, more particularly, where we work, are not immune from that disruption. Forbes Magazine reports that 11 percent (8,000 employees)… Read more »

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How to Reduce Work-Related Stress Recognize the aggravating aspects of your job.  Stop fighting them. Identify your emotional needs and accept them.  Most executives are competitive, need to be liked, need to vent anger.  They should have outlets for each of these needs. Practice listing.  Listening is more relaxing than talking, and it can help… Read more »

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Management Wisdom   “If you think someone is smart, you’ll treat them as smart. If you think someone is a horrible person, you’ll treat them accordingly, and when they react like any other person would when being treated unfairly, you nod with confidence in your ability to predict people’s character.”   To get the most… Read more »

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Trust is essential when building a healthy and productive work environment. Whether you’re leading an entire department or work hand-in-hand with a just a few coworkers, it’s important to build trusting relationships. Here are several tips to help build trust with both your coworkers and your superiors: Be honest and share information completely. Be straightforward and… Read more »