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A Simple Explanation of Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees

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A Simple Explanation of Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees There are two types of employees – "exempt" and "non-exempt." You might've seen these terms on job postings, or heard them in conversation. If you aren't sure what they mean, don't worry. Trying to understand labor laws can be confusing, especially if you’re new to the workforce. — We’ve broken these terms down to help you navigate the exempt vs. non-exempt employee classification. How the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Affects Exemption Status Signed into law in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt, the Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility, and recordkeeping standards in addition to youth employment guidelines for both the private and public sector. During the time the act was signed, child labor was the norm and adults often worked 10 or more hours per day, six to seven days per week. While the conditions that brought about the FLSA may seem like the dark ages, the law is still relevant today and plays a major role in how the modern workforce is regulated. It establishes the guidelines for how work hours are documented and how exempt and non-exempt employees should be paid. Generally the FLSA provides an exemption from minimum wage and overtime regulations for employees in the following fields: Executive Administrative Professional Outside sales Computer-related occupations That said, job titles alone do not determine exempt status. Instead the employee’s specific job duties and salary have...

Why Millions of U.S. Employees are Quitting Their Jobs and How Companies Can Navigate

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Why Millions of U.S. Employees are Quitting Their Jobs and How Companies Can Navigate The past two years have been anything but consistent. The pandemic left the United States in the worst recession in history. People struggled to adjust to remote work, and what we defined as "normal" varied day-by-day. And yet: Out of that turmoil and inconsistency, we now see a record number of people quitting their jobs in pursuit of better opportunities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, 4 million people quit their jobs in April 2021, and July saw another 4 million leave. Which leads me to question: Amidst the past two years of unpredictability — and a resulting lack of security — why are so many people taking the leap now? Here, we'll explore what employee turnover is, how much it could be costing your business, and how to calculate employee turnover. Plus, how employers can minimize the effects of what's being called the Great Resignation, according to experts. What is employee turnover? Employee turnover refers to the percentage of employees who leave your company during a given period of time. Your company's employee turnover rate includes anyone who leaves for any reason. This includes resignations, terminations, or retirements. However, turnover rate typically doesn't include internal movement, such as an employee switching teams or being promoted. Turnover can cost a business thousands — if not millions — of dollars, and can negatively impact team morale and performance. All of which is to...

How to Conduct an Exit Interview: 7 Top Questions [Form Template]

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How to Conduct an Exit Interview: 7 Top Questions To determine what causes employees to leave — and to create a better, happier employee experience moving forward — it's critical you conduct productive exit interviews. In this post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about exit interviews, plus the best questions you should ask. We’ll also go over an exit interview form template that you can copy and paste into a document and reuse for future interviews. What is the purpose of an exit interview? The purpose of exit interviews is to get valuable insight from employees who are leaving your company. When conducted correctly, these interviews tell you what, if anything, could improve about your company culture. You’ll then be able to improve moving forward and drastically reduce employee turnover. Why are exit interviews important? According to a study conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), on average it costs a company between six to nine months of an employee's salary to locate and train a replacement for them. So if the employee who's leaving makes 60K, that can work out to anywhere between 30K and 45K in recruiting and training costs. Undoubtedly, a high turnover rate can hurt your company financially. Additionally, a high turnover rate can lead to less productive teams, and lower employee morale overall. Luckily, you can reduce turnover rate by using the feedback you get from exit interviews. Many employees who are leaving can help you determine...

The Ultimate List of HR Interview Questions

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The Ultimate List of HR Interview Questions As a job seeker, you can often expect to speak with an HR professional before moving onto interviews with employees within the department for which you're applying. It's critical you prepare well for your HR interview. Oftentimes, a company uses their HR department to screen candidates and decide which candidates are most qualified to move forward in the interview process. But an HR professional has different goals when interviewing than your direct hiring manager does. While your hiring manager will ask questions specific to the role (for example, in a marketing interview), the HR professional is interested in gaining broader insights regarding culture fit and whether you demonstrate the company's values. With that in mind, let’s go over the definition for this interview and what you can expect. It’s easy to underemphasize HR interviews in comparison to interviews with, say, your potential manager. There’s even a misconception that the HR round is only a formality. But the truth is that this interview is critical to the hiring process. It allows you to establish a positive first impression. Your HR contact decides whether you get to move forward, so you’ll want to make sure you exhibit your competencies and establish rapport. I spoke with Alexa Matthews, a senior recruiter here at HubSpot, who pointed out some additional benefits to the screening process — "It's an opportunity for a great first impression. In the first call, a candidate can often convey things that...