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There’s a Loneliness Epidemic in the Workplace - Here’s How Employers Can Help
Right now, in workplaces across the country, people are going about their jobs, seemingly content, but deep down feeling the ache of loneliness. They aren’t necessarily working alone or all by themselves with no one to talk to. They may be chatting amicably with customers on the phone or in person. Or they may work from home, but are in frequent communication with their coworkers through digital channels. Whatever the case, these lonely workers feel isolated and unnoticed. Given all the means that pe... Read More

Employment Law

Did You Know?

We’re often asked whether the pay of exempt employees can be reduced if they work less than 40 hours in a week. And the answer is almost always no.

The very idea of the overtime exemption, at least in the case of White Collar employees, is that you are paying them to complete important tasks that require use of their own discretion and are less (or not at all) time-clock-sensitive. You pay them more than the bare minimum and can expect more than the bare minimum in terms of time commitment. But if they can complete their tasks in less than 40 hours – because they have used their discretion well –... Read More

The HR Support Center News Update

Content Spotlight
Natural Disaster Dialogue
Natural disasters create challenging HR issues and questions that add stress to employers and employees at the worst possible moments — when they need to be focusing on healing, recovery, and rebuilding. At the HR Support Center, we want to make sure you have a place to turn for help with navigating these challenges, so your employees can get through the crisis. To help alleviate some potential stress, we’ve put together the top five frequently asked HR questions and answers during an emergency: <... Read More

Equal Pay Act

Massachusetts Strengthens Its Equal Pay Act
News Brief
The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), passed in 1945, was the first state law of its kind. But it hasn’t provided enough detail to be useful to employees or stiff enough penalties to be compelling for employers. The amendments to MEPA, which take effect July 1, 2018, make the law significantly more relevant.   Equal Pay for Equal Work Under the updated MEPA, employers are prohibited from paying employees who do “comparable work” different wages because of sex. Wages include all forms of compensation, including benefits. C... Read More