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Why Paid Sick Leave Is Becoming More Popular
We’ve all seen it—one of our employees has a bad cold, maybe even the flu, but they come to work anyway. In some cases, the employee has the option of taking time off, and you’d prefer they do so, but still they show up, putting everyone in the workplace at risk. The reasons vary. Sometimes the employee can’t afford the reduced hours. Sometimes they can take the financial hit, but they’re worried about falling behind on their projects, missing an important meeting, or looking bad next to their co-workers who never seem to take a day off. Some employers enc... 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