Tag: compensation

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy her March column on tricky pay issues that may affect your…

Question: Can an employer ask a potential candidate for proof of the candidate’s current pay rate where he or she is currently employed? Answer: Generally this is not an acceptable request at the interview stage. An employee’s prior pay rate is personal information and an employer would have a difficult time proving a business need to know…

Question: Are salaried employees entitled to be paid time and a half if they work on a holiday? If they take a day or week off can we deduct that pay? Answer: Salaried exempt employees are entitled to their full weekly salary when they work any hours in the work week. Being paid on a…

Question: What are time clock rounding rules in Colorado? Answer: In some industries, particularly where time clocks are used, there has been the practice for many years of recording the employee’s starting and stopping time to the nearest 5 minutes, or to the nearest one-tenth or quarter of an hour. Presumably, these arrangements average out…

Question: When a nonexempt employee in California does not have a starting work site that varies each day, how do we compute travel time when they travel out of town for work-related training? Answer: According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (www.dir.ca.gov), mandatory travel time longer than the employee’s normal commute is considered compensable…

Question: Do we have to pay a nonexempt (hourly) employee to complete training courses outside of his normal working hours when it is a requirement for the job? Answer: The following information is excerpted from the U.S. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: Employees who spend time at lectures, work courses, employer-sponsored training programs or employee…

Question: A California employee worked four hours of overtime during the last payroll period; when must the overtime wages be paid? Answer: Payment of overtime wages earned in one payroll period must be paid no later than the payday for the next regular payroll period. Only payment of the overtime wages may be delayed until…

Question:  One of my best employees is asking for a raise because he found salary data on the internet that he believes shows he is underpaid.  How should I handle that conversation?  I don’t want to lose him, but I doubt he is that underpaid. Answer: Handling this type of discussion on such a sensitive…