In this issue: Hot Topic for October 2016 and Our Main article: The Most Important Thing that a Leader Needs to Know by David A. Wachtel, Hautacam Consulting, Inc.

HR Hot Topic for October 2016


December 1, 2016 Deadline Quickly Approaching!! Is Your Company Ready to Comply?

Which Exempt (Salary) Employees Must WE Convert to Non-Exempt (Hourly)? Final FLSA Regulations

Are you prepared to comply with the impact of the new overtime rule changes to ensure Wage and Hour compliance? CAUTION – It’s not solely based on Salary!

The US Department of Labor’s overtime exemption rules; “exempt vs. non-exempt” has become law. You will have until December 1, 2016 to comply with these Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) requirements.

What does this mean for you? It opens the door to costly lawsuits and investigations by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.

How do we convert Exempt Employees TO Non-Exempt Status?

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The Most Important Thing that a Leader Needs to Know

by: David A. Wachtel, Hautacam Consulting, Inc.

It’s not what you think. It’s not how to strategize or being on top of every aspect of your business. It’s how to effectively handle people. Each day, people in leadership positions choose not to deal with employees that make them uncomfortable. We all observe behavior, we tell ourselves a story based on that behavior, and then proceed to lead people based on this judgment.

In a department we have Bill, Sue, Howard, and Andrea. Bill is a perfectionist and goes over his work again and again to ensure there are no mistakes. He always has the facts, but can’t seem to make a decision. Sue is always concerned that everyone is good with what is going on. She is also the counselor for the department and as a result is typically late on things as everyone talks to her about their problems which other team members perceive as “time wasting”. Howard is extremely driven. He is not the department leader, but he pushes the group and does not believe that feelings belong in a business. Howard, in his desire to “get a decision made” does not always think things completely through. Andrea is always up. Everything is fantastic! She has big ideas and likes to brainstorm out loud and suggest changes to how the team functions. Andrea annoys Bill because she forgets details and waits until the last minute to get her assignments completed which impacts everyone else on the team. Sue is uncomfortable with Andrea. Sue worries about how people might feel about changing things. Sue is also totally intimidated by Howard. She rarely speaks up in meetings, preferring to talk to the boss one on one. Some team members think she is getting preferential treatment.

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