Entries by Tracey Chantry

No Drama! How to Create a Drama-Free Workplace

What workplace drama really looks like. Drama, drama, drama! The woman who spends half the day polling officemates whether her boyfriend loves her. The man who has a conniption every time a client does something funky. The employees who come in complaining about each other every day, like five-year-olds on a nightmare play date. Drama comes […]

Should Your Managers Interview Candidates?

Do you ever wish you could be a fly on the wall to hear the interview questions your managers ask?  Many human resource professionals live in fear of their hiring managers asking a question that could lead to a discrimination charge, or making a promise that can’t be kept.  Spending a little time to train […]

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is often confusing to employers. Establishing the right classification is crucial for organizations to comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The US Department of Labor (DOL), Wage/Hour Division developed an “Administrator’s Interpretation” to guide employers about the differences between an employee […]

Working Better Together

How many times have you worked with people who just don’t understand you, or you do not relate to them?  Isn’t it easier sometimes to work with people who are just like us?  Yet if we were all the same, that would not be best for our organizations (or even for us, if we are […]

HR Basics: Are Holiday Gifts Taxable?

QUESTION: As the holidays are approaching, we are looking for ideas for employee gifts. If we give gift cards or gift certificates, will they be taxable to the employee? What about hams and turkeys? ANSWER: Anything that equates to giving cash must be considered taxable income for the employee. This includes gift cards, gift certificates […]

HR’s Perspective on Social Media

Social Media Dos & Don’ts  Do have a policy. As with all policies, if you are not going to follow it, it is better not to have one. However, most employees have come to expect guidelines regarding social media from their employer. The following are a couple of tips if your company institutes a social […]

Unpaid Intern or Paid Trainee?

Question: We are considering recruiting several college students for summer internships. Do we have to pay them? Answer: In some cases, individuals working for an employer in a training capacity do not qualify as “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore do not have to be paid. Their activities and work completed […]