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Win-Win: How a Call to an Employee Complaint Hotline Benefitted Both Employee AND Employer
HR Stories From The Front Lines*
Employees are not always comfortable addressing their job-related concerns with supervisors or managers. As a result, employers are often blindsided by problems in
the workplace. To combat this problem, employers are forced think of creative ways to keep the lines of communication open with employees. One simple solution -- consider implementing an employee complaint hotline!
Read ahead to learn how an employee complaint hotline helped one employer.
FLSA: Inclusion of Nondiscretionary Bonuses and Incentive Payments
It's March 31, 2017 and your Company just issued its first quarter bonuses. These bonuses are nondiscretionary.
You have an exempt employee who earns a fixed salary of $866 per week, which falls below the FLSA minimum salary level for exempt employees. This employee also received a
$1,000 first quarter bonus.
Your company is planning to use the bonus to satisfy the remainder of the salary requirement.
How do you factor in the bonus to determine if the minimum salary has been met?
You can use the entire bonus amount ($1,000) to meet the minimum salary provided that, at the end of the year, the amount of bonus used does not exceed
10% of the total compensation paid to the employee.
You can use 10% of the $1,000 bonus to satisfy the salary requirement, which is
$100. This amount ($100) is then divided by 13 (the number of weeks in the quarter)
resulting in $7.69. That amount ($7.69) is then added to the employee's weekly salary ($866)
- resulting in a weekly salary of $873.69. This employee's salary does not meet the minimum salary
requirement of $913 per week.
You would add the weekly salary of the 13 weeks in the quarter, to the 10% of the $1,000 bonus and divide by 4 quarters to see if employees are on track to meet the
annual equivalent of $913 per week. If you give a "holiday" bonus at the end of the year, you can make-up any shortfalls.
The bonus can be used to satisfy up to 10% of the minimum salary requirement of $913 per week, which would be $91.30. Since the weekly salary is short by $47,
which is within 10% of the minimum salary requirement, $47 of the bonus can be used to meet standard salary level.
Election Day is November 8th and it is anticipated that voter turnout will reach a record high. As a result, employers should prepare for an increase in the number of employees requesting time off to vote.
Under what circumstances, if any, are employers required to grant this type of request? Read ahead to learn about the voting leave laws in your state.
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