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New Overtime Rules Temporarily Blocked, Won’t Take Effect on Dec. 1

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the Department of Labor's new white-collar overtime rules from taking effect on Dec. 1. A preliminary injunction issued Nov. 22 means employers only have to pay overtime to exempt workers who make less than $23,660 annually—not $47,476, the salary threshold set out in final rules issued in May.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant's ruling for now denies overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million additional workers. It throws into confusion HR and payroll plans to implement the new rules in just a few days.

Employers should proceed with caution, advises Steve Pockrass, who chairs the wage-and-hour practice at the Ogletree Deakins law firm. Since there is no guarantee the new OT rules are gone forever, continue planning for eventual implementation.

Here's what to tell your employees: http://ow.ly/Ldgx306tdpl.
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Trump Wins: What’s that Mean for the American Workplace?

Tuesday's shocking election of Donald Trump means America has elected an entirely new agenda for workplace and employment issues. You can expect President-elect Trump to move quickly on issues like health care, immigration and wage-and-hour law, while overturning many of the Obama administration’s work-related executive orders.

“A Clinton victory would have meant a third term for the Obama administration and it’s workplace policies. While that would have created challenges — the issues were pretty clear. A Trump presidency brings uncertainty into U.S. labor and employment law, and your CEO will expect you to understand the changes and prepare your organization for the future,” said Joseph Beachboard, senior partner at Ogletree Deakins and moderator of the 2017 Labor and Employment Law Advanced Practices (LEAP) conference.

Look for a flurry of employment-related legislative and regulatory efforts over the next two years, as President-elect Trump aims to take advantage of fully Republican-controlled Congress before midterm elections in 2018. Here are some of the employment and labor issues likely to see early action in Trump’s administration: http://ow.ly/auEC3063Ic3.
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Wow, That Colleague’s Got a Loud Voice!

We’ve all had moments of peace and perfect working rhythm disrupted by the boom of a co-worker who always hits uncomfortable decibel levels—and not because of anger or excitement. Some people are just … loud.

Few of us can bring up the sensitive subject of a person’s vocal force without seeming harsh or making someone feel self-conscious. And so it’s best to pick your spots in which to deal with a boomer.

Try this … http://ow.ly/djzf305PrJH.
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Are Your Team’s Tech Devices Just … Device-ive?

You’ve sat through plenty of meetings to the endless click-clack of someone taking notes on a laptop.

You’ve endured conversations around the conference room table where half the attendees spent more of the meeting glancing at their tablet or phone, receiving and responding to text messages, as they did engaging with the conversation happening in the room.

Using technology in meetings is thought to increase productivity and efficiency, but it can have some unwanted side effects that derail the very goal it’s meant to accomplish.

Here’s a look at why you might improve your team’s performance by declaring your meetings a tech-free zone: http://ow.ly/RpO8305N4nf.
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4 Workplace Fixes That Enhance Productivity

Many people don’t really take the time to step back and analyze the way their space affects their work. Vow today to: http://ow.ly/AEfE305KxPf.
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Managers: What Employees Wonder About Your Leadership

As a manager, how well do you lead your employees to success?

Here are some of the questions your people are asking as they assess your leadership style, roughly in this order of importance: http://ow.ly/oZeY305BpW9.
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4 Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid

Recruiting good candidates that are a strong fit for your organization is a difficult task.

Attract the best and brightest job candidates by refraining from these actions during the recruiting and interviewing process: http://ow.ly/Wbfs305z2ft.
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Follow this excellent #leadership  advice from +Kevin Eikenberry …
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Sometimes, You Gotta Bend the Rules

Rules is rules. That’s what we’re told. In fact, your organization probably has a book full of them telling employees what they can’t wear (T-shirts, especially camouflage ones), what they must do if they aren’t coming in (call—not email!—someone intimidatingly high on the org chart), and to get way off the property (the next county preferably) to puff on a cigarette.

Your book of regulations is likely not all-encompassing, vague in spots and open to interpretation in others. It’s just a guide, for crying out loud.

Which brings us to the fine art of fudging, bending or otherwise looking the other way in some circumstances. Done deftly, rule-bending can build a more engaged workforce.

The trick is to know when and why. All rule-bending carries with it some risk of escalating into outright anarchy, so just be careful.
Here are some guidelines to help a manager decide when it’s time to let it slide: http://ow.ly/24hz305ubss.
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3 Unlikely Ways to Save Your Meeting

There’s a lot of sage advice about how to hold more productive meetings—and rescue the ones that are headed south quickly.

However, here are three bits of advice that may seem counterintuitive, but can actually work: http://ow.ly/KCeS305nNxs.
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