Shannon Middleton


Salary Changes in Overtime Laws are Finally Coming on January 1, 2020

by Shannon Middleton

New overtime rules go in effect on January 1, 2020 that may affect whether your employees qualify for an exemption from overtime pay. You may recall that a previous rule in 2016 to increase salary levels was blocked by a federal judge before the rule went into effect. Thankfully, for employers, this new rule is a smaller increase in salary levels than the 2016 rule.

In summary, the salary threshold for two exemptions from overtime pay -- the white collar exemption and the highly compensated employee exemption -- are increasing on January 1, and certain nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments can be used to satisfy a portion of the salary threshold. This means that employers will need to increase salaries, nondiscretionary bonuses, or nondiscretionary incentive payments to retain the exemptions or pay overtime to employees who do not meet the new test.

The full details on the final rule can be found in the Department of Labor press release, but here's a brief summary of the changes:

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The Personnel File Checklist

by Shannon Middleton

Keeping track of employee documentation can be tedious, but it’s necessary and
especially helpful in the event of an employee-related issue. The big question is: what
kinds of documentation do you need to file away? In comes our personnel file checklist.
Below we’ve outlined our recommendations for what documents you should keep in
personnel files and those you should keep separately. If you have any questions, please
give us a call at 765.423.7900.

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The Employment Policies Every Company Should Have in Place

by Shannon Middleton

Choosing the employment policies that are right for your company is a big deal. Things like dress code requirements, remote working options, and time off allowances can have an enormous impact on your company’s culture and the happiness of your employees. There are some policies, though, you simply must have in place – the kind that can protect you and your company in the event of an employee-related issue.

So where do you start? How do you know what types of policies and documents you need to create? Well, we created this blog post to answer these very questions. At a high level, there are three items we suggest all companies have in place:

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The One Document You Should Consider Having Signed Before Terminating an Employee

by Shannon Middleton

Firing or terminating an employee is a natural part of business. It can be uncomfortable, awkward, and certainly not fun. But it can also get a whole lot worse, especially if a former employee brings a lawsuit against you. It can not only be costly, but it can cause unrest among your other employees and customers.

So how do you best protect yourself from lawsuits from terminated employees? Employment separation and release of claims agreements.  We’ll call them separation agreements.

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Sexual Harassment Training: How to Stop Claims Before They Start

by Shannon Middleton

As much as we hate to admit it, sexual harassment is a hot topic right now. From celebrities to large corporations and even startups, it’s everywhere. And regardless of whether you want to discuss it, sexual harassment needs to be talked about with your employees because, let's face it, it's not going anywhere unless we do something about it.

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