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HR Matters Inaugural Column (PDF) August 2019
Employees 351: Human Resources (HR) is the management of people. Lisa Bergersen’s column, HR Matters, will offer HR basics, best practices and compliance information.  This inaugural column explains that HR matters because people are our greatest asset, it minimizes legal liability, improves service delivery, and organizations save time and money. Column details some resources for HR information.

I-9 Forms Matter (PDF) September 2019
Employees 352: HR Matters column article by Lisa Bergersen discussing requirements related to the federal I-9 employment verification form that must be completed for all paid employees.

Employees vs. Independent Contractor (PDF) October 2019
Employees 353: HR Matters column article by Lisa Bergersen about one potential area of cost savings for local governments - using independent contractors to perform municipal functions.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equal Employment Opportunity What’s the Difference? (PDF) November 2019
Employees 354: HR Matters column by Lisa Bergersen discussing what diversity, inclusion and equal employment opportunity mean in the workplace, why they’re important and how organizations can implement them. 

Lawful Hiring (PDF) December 2019
Employees 356: HR Matters column by Lisa Bergersen discusses various aspects of lawful hiring practices including: equal employment opportunity laws, the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, and prohibited discrimination against protected classes.  

Positions Exempt from Overtime Under Federal Law (PDF) January 2020
Employees 357: HR Matters column by Lisa Bergersen details required factors for employees to come within white collar/executive, administrative, professional (EAP) exemptions from Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements, including salary thresholds and duties requirements.

Calculating the Regular Rate of Pay for FLSA Overtime (PDF) February 2020
Employees 358: Lisa Bergersen’s HR Matters column explains what constitutes “regular rate of pay” for purposes of calculating FLSA required overtime wages for non-exempt employees.

THC at Work (PDF) March 2020
Employees 359: HR Matters column by Lisa Bergersen discusses employee use of marijuana, THC, and CBD and how employers can manage issues in the workplace, including drug and alcohol policies, training managers and staff to recognize and address impairment, and conducting drug and alcohol testing.