Can I Pay Overtime with “Comp Time”?

Can I Pay Overtime with “Comp Time”?

Q:  I manage hourly employees and I heard I could give them comp time instead of overtime pay.  Is this legal? A:  Not if you work in the private sector.  The Dept of Labor has made it clear that “comp time” –defined as “compensating later with time-off” in lieu...
3 Signs That Your New Hire Won’t Work Out

3 Signs That Your New Hire Won’t Work Out

You‘re excited about a new employee you hired who came highly recommended.  They start, you introduce them to co-workers, clients, upper management, board members.  Then a week or two or six go by and even though at first you don’t want to admit it, you realize you’re...
Should Hourly Workers Set Their Own Lunch Schedule?

Should Hourly Workers Set Their Own Lunch Schedule?

Q:  I’m one of six hourly employees, each working on different projects, who are expected to “cover” each other  for lunch.  The projects are such that they can’t be put on hold to accommodate standardized scheduling, and at least two employees should remain in the...