In this issue: Hot Topic for February 2016, Our lead article: Business Owners Need to Take a Tip from Einstein by J.Sewell Perkins and our featured Interview with Pam Ruster, President – Supportive Systems, LLC

HR Hot Topic for February 2016


Can Employees Agree to Waive Overtime?

Here are three little-known facts about overtime. Actually, it’s not so much that they are little known as oft ignored.

1. Agreements to Waive Overtime Barred

Employees may neither waive their right to be compensated for overtime hours worked nor agree to a lower overtime rate than that required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Therefore, even if employees have made such an agreement, they retain their right to recover overtime pay required by the FLSA.

2. Holiday/Sick Pay Not Included

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Business Owners Need to Take a Tip from Einstein
By J.Sewell Perkins, Success Coaches Institute

Insanity: Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result. – Albert Einstein

What do you think would happen if you drove your car wearing a blindfold? My guess is that you’d hit something, right? The big question is, would you continue to put the blindfold on every time you drive your car?

Is it just possible that you’d discover you don’t get the intended result wearing the blindfold? If your answer is yes, my next question is; how many things in your business do you do over and over again even though you don’t get the results you want? The only difference between driving your car with a blindfold on and many of the other things you continue to do without the hoped for results is that the consequences of driving the car blindfolded are dramatic and have greater immediate impact (pun intended).

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Interview with Pam Ruster, President – Supportive Systems, LLC

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Pam Ruster, Supportive Systems, LLC

Pam Ruster is the President of Supportive Systems, LLC an EAP & Corporate Development Women Business Enterprise located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Originally, from upstate New York, she now considers herself almost a Hoosier. She shared with us that she enjoys her work because she loves what she’s doing. In off time; however, one of her pastimes aside from her family is enjoying the archeology and hiking of Arizona and anything to do with water.

Pam is involved in the Indiana Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) and has been active at the national level over the past years. Most recently, she chaired the Awards Committee for the International EAPA Conference for two years.

Her Master’s Degree in social work has served her well in not only her own business, but as an active member of the National Association of Social Workers.


HR: I understand you started your business in 1995. What were you doing before that?

PR: I’d been in hospital social work for many years, I was Director of Social Work at Indiana University Medical Center for three years, and prior to that, I spent 12 years at the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana.

HR: What prompted you to start your own business?

PR: Hospitals were beginning to change reporting structures with downsizing, so I was actually doing away with my position, as the department was going to report to nursing areas in the hospital. At that time, I also was ready for a new challenge, to do something different with an opportunity to develop and grow something. That’s what I think I do best. Seeing the opportunity to put into practice some of the things that I had been thinking about, things such as helping employers and employees become their best at work, Supportive Systems, LLC was the obvious answer.

HR: That’s interesting, Pam. Can I get you to share with our readers a little bit about exactly what Supportive Systems, LLC does?

PR: Employee assistance programs started back around 1940 and were actually started to keep people sober at work. It started as an alcohol program. The transportation industry and manufacturing industries wanted to keep people working on the roads and in the factories sober. Through the years companies benefited from that because, they had increased quality and productivity if the employees were not using substances. Around 1980 Employee Assistance (EA) became more broad-brushed looking at other kinds of issues, distractions, or problems that could get in the way of someone at work.

Being a social worker ties into looking how people can work on their strengths and accomplish their goals. I believe that people come to work wanting to do a good job. Across any industry, employees are hired and they choose to work in environment where they can be positive and accomplish something worthwhile.

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If you’re sick and tired from being sick and tired, what do you have to lose?


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