Category: Human Resources

Listener Q&A – We Answer Your Questions: The Dos and Don’ts of Exempt vs Non-exempt

Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another Listener Q&A with The Team at HR Stories! Today’s episode goes into these questions:Can I, as an exempt employee, work in a non-exempt role at the same company performing a separate job?We hired someone has a salary exempt employee but after 10 months, his job description changed and reclassified him as non-exempt. Do we need to pay him overtime when he was classified as salary exempt?Is an anniversary bonus considered discretionary or non-discretionary?Support the Show.The Ultimate Book of HR Checklists – Getting HR Right: Your Step-by-Step Reference for Avoiding Costly Mistakes. Go to (On sale – take $100 off …only $79 ) Certified and approved for 3 SHRM Recertification Credits.Join the HR Team of One Community on Facebook or visit and sign up for emails so you can be the first to know about new things we have coming up.You can also follow us on Instagram and TikTok at @HRstoriesPodcast Don’t forget to rate our podcast, it really helps other people find it!Do you have a situation or topic you’d like the team to discuss? Are you interested in having Chuck or John talk to your team or Emcee your event? You can reach the Team at for suggestions and inquiries.The viewpoints expressed by the characters in the stories are not necessarily that of The Team at HR Stories. The stories are shared to present various, real-world scenarios and share how they were handled by policy and, at times, law. Chuck and John are not lawyers and always recommend working with an employment lawyer to address concerns.

How did this employer terminate an employee while on FMLA without violating the law?

the employer handbook

Employers cannot interfere with employee rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act. However, the FMLA doesn’t exonerate employee misconduct, including when an employer discovers it during the leave. I’ll give you an example from a federal court decision I read last night. The plaintiff needed knee replacement surgery and informed […]