New Overtime Rules – Are you Ready?

October 10, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Update:  November 23, 2016 – Federal Court puts Overtime Rules on Hold  A Federal Court judge in Texas has given business owners one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  The new overtime regulations regarding the increase of the salary level required for exempt employees has been temporarily barred from going into effect as planned on December 1, 2016.  On November 22, 2016, a judge hearing a number of consolidated cases contesting the new rule granted a motion for preliminary injunction, which stopped these regulations from being implemented.  While this is good ...

Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law

September 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Alas, the use of medical marijuana is now legal under Ohio law as of September 8th.  It will probably take some time until medical marijuana will actually be sold in Ohio, but in the meantime, residents with legal out-of-state prescriptions may start using marijuana legally.  In fact, employees can still be terminated if they are utilizing marijuana while off and in compliance with the state statute.  However, employers should consider amending their current zero-tolerance policies to clearly convey that although Ohio law does permit the use of medical marijuana, it ...

Stress Busters

September 09, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Everyone has experienced a horrific start to their work day. For example, Imagine your six dollar cup of coffee is being absorbed by the pavement outside of the coffee shop from which you purchased it.  You take the time to stand in line and purchase another cup. Then, as you arrive at work, already late, you notice that one of your two Black shoes, is really navy blue. It is not even 9:00 a.m.  Stress is an unavoidable and unpredictable part of life. Here are five tips to help you traverse through your ...

Standing out from the Herd: Personal Branding

August 25, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

In school we were all told not to care what other people think of us. To create a personal brand you’ll have to disregard that advice. What people think of you is a big determining factor in deciding if and how they do business with you.   So what is a personal brand? In short it’s what people think of you. A well managed personal brand takes into account your personality, your unique attributes, values, and expertise, packaging them all together to help people know and relate to you ...

SHRM Compares Candidates on Health Care

July 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Just when we all started to get the hang of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), here comes the 2016 Presidential election and potential changes on the way.  This week, the Society for Human Resource Management gives us an idea of what to expect from each candidate in its article "Trump vs. Clinton on Health Care:  Their Differences Are Clear."  We hope you enjoy this informative piece.

Not Happy at Work – Time to Change Your Mind.

June 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Whether you are in a dead-end job or the job of your dreams, happiness in the workplace is achievable for everyone.  According to a bad attitude can be the biggest obstacle to happiness at work. So maybe you are at plateau in your career.  Try to not to think of it that way.  Finding happiness where you are today is integral to long-term happiness.  Whether you are working at a drive-thru or CEO of a large company, there will always be a "better" job, someone who is more successful than you, ...

Strategic Thinking

June 01, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Have you ever been frustrated at work because you’ve had to spend the majority of your time trying to fix today’s problems instead of improving your company for tomorrow?  Have you ever wondered why some companies and departments are constantly putting out fires, while others are always one step ahead of the game? Strategic thinking is likely the answer.   Strategic thinking is the new buzz word, but what is it? What it isn’t is tactical thinking. The words strategic and tactical are often used interchangeablely, but ...

The Final Rule

May 19, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Today, President Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulation.  The Final Rule focuses on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt.  See below for key requirements: The Final Rule sets the standard salary level at $47, 476 annually ($913/week) for a full-year worker.  This level was determined by figuring the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region in the United Sates – currently the South. While ...

FMLA Administrators, Beware

April 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

A recent case from the Second Circuit Court of Appeals serves as an important reminder that those who administer Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) programs can be sued along with the company when and FMLA claim is made.  In Graziadio v. Culinary Institute of America, the appellate court reversed a trial court victory for the employer and the two individual supervisors (one of whom was the HR Director) who were sued for allegedly interference and retaliation for taking FMLA leave. According to court documents, Cathleen Graziadio took a three-week leave under the FMLA to care for her ill child.  This ...

Speculation Looms

March 22, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

As many employers anxiously await the Department of  Labor's final decision, there is lots of speculation around the proposed changes to the FLSA. Almost 300,000 comments were received by the DOL in reaction to the proposed changes to the FLSA. This volume of responses that must legally be reviewed may delay the final rulings from mid-2016 as initially anticipated to late 2016 or even 2017. This is huge news for the business community, which hasn’t been shy about expressing outrage over ...