Week of May 27, 2019
WAGE AND HOUR POTHOLES
Every company should perform wage and hour audits periodically; minimally once a year and twice a year if possible. It is easier for you to catch and correct errors than to risk discovery from employees or in the event of a DOL audit. 
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Ultimate Hotel Guest Experiences Should Be the Touch of a Button Away
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What Hoteliers Need to KNow About Salary Inquiry Bans
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Remote Working Becoming the Rule, Not Exception
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Better Training to Help Managers Enforce Attendance Rules (And Stay FMLA Compliant)
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