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Salary Exempt Absenteeism

Employers should be careful how they deal with absenteeism by exempt employees.

Don’t dock an exempt employee’s paycheck for missing less than one full day of work because it could destroy their exemption and entitle them to time-and-a-half for all overtime they have worked in the past or work in the future. However, the FLSA does allow for partial day absences to be paid through an employee’s accrual bank of PTO, Vacation, or Sick hours. The only exception for docking a salary exempt employees pay for a partial day absence is if the absence is covered by the FMLA, and the employee has exhausted their accrual bank hours.

Full Day deductions of pay from a salary exempt employee are allowed only under the following circumstances:

  • dilemmaDuring the initial or final week of employment the employees pay may be reduced to reflect the actual hours worked.
  • Full-day absences for personal reasons.
  • Full day absences for disciplinary suspension for safety violations.
  • Full day absences in which an employee has exhausted their entitled Paid Leave plan balances.
  • FMLA Absences.

Two other attendance issues protected by law are employees called to jury duty and employees who request time off for religious reasons. State and federal laws generally require employers to give workers leave when called to serve on a jury. And employers may have to bend their attendance rules to accommodate a worker’s religious practices or beliefs.

A key to curbing abuse is to have an absenteeism policy that clearly sets forth which absences are allowed, and what behavior will subject the employee to discipline.

Groundhog Day

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

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The most famous of groundhogs to be such a “weather forecaster” is Punxsutawney Phil; however, here in Georgia many of us look to General Beauregard Lee, the famous groundhog who resides at Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, Georgia, to give the prediction of when spring will come to the South.

Groundhog Day is a tradition that inspired a motion picture, named after the holiday and starring Bill Murray, in 1993. The movies main character Phil, continues to live the same day (February 2nd) over and over, until he gets the events of the day right. Often times, work can feel like “Groundhog Day”, if you are continuously repetitive in your actions, motions, and interactions. Maybe you are finding yourself going through the motions, rather than forging ahead and getting things right to be able to end the repetitiveness.

Whether or not the Groundhog saw his shadow today, why not be reminded today to forge ahead, do the best you can/what is right, and maybe even to shake things up?

As a business owner, do you need help forging ahead when it comes to HR policies and payroll? Maybe it’s time to shake things up in your company, and free up your time by using our services.

Call us today at 770-339-0000

Open House Success!

Last Thursday, January 14th, 2016, HR Strategies hosted an open house at their new location, allowing clients and invited guests to be able to tour the new space and see the many ways that the new location will enhance the services that are offered.

Guests were invited to enjoy refreshments in the new onsite training room while meeting the internal staff. This allowed them time to put faces with names and meet the benefits, payroll and client service reps that they talk to on a regular basis.

During the Open House we were able to give a brief demonstration of the upcoming enhancements to the Human Resource Information System (HRIS) that our clients interface with, enabling them to see the continued investment we are making into providing top of the line services and technology platforms.

The turnout by clients was fabulous and we even gave away an Apple Watch to one lucky guest! The Open House was also an opportunity for our guests to network with a sample of the diverse selection of clients using our services. In this economy, HR Strategies wants to provide as many growth opportunities as possible to their clients!

We Appreciate Our Clients!

During this season of thanksgiving, we want to honor and recognize all of our wonderful clients who have made our progress possible. We are proud to be able to serve you, your employees, and all of your business’ needs. From all of us here at HR Strategies, we’d like to say Thank You!

Employee Appreciation

The month of November is often thought of as the month to Give Thanks. As an employer, are you remembering to thank your employees and recognizing their achievements? Showing your employees appreciation for all they do can help boost productivity and morale, and that is always good for business! Here are just a few ways to Give Thanks to your employees this Thanksgiving season…

Treat your employee(s) to lunch

Hand written thank you notes for a personal touch

Awards: maybe a traveling trophy, a nice clock, any type of award that the employee can display in their office space.

Notice In Employee’s File: If an employer wishes to recognize an employee in this way, he should add the note, but also tell the employee he is doing so, so the employee knows he is appreciated.

Kudos Column: If your workplace has a newsletter, add a column where employees are recognized for outstanding efforts and achievements

Simple spoken words of Thanks can go a long way.

Gift Certificates

Implement an employee of the week program

Vacation – yes even a few hours of extra paid vacation time is a big reward for most employees

Ice Cream Sundae Party at the office

Night out at the ballpark for a team of employees

Give the employee a membership or subscription to a journal that relates to their work

Happy-Thanksgiving

Veterans Day

Today we thank all those who have served in the military to protect our freedom.

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There are man y initiatives, both government and private, to encourage the hiring of recently returned veterans. These programs help families of soldiers who are working through the transition process between serving the country overseas to day to day civilian life. Many companies are launching campaigns to assist vets.

I Hire Veterans

Hiring Our Heroes

Feds Hire Vets

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Veterans

Military Hire

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