Human resources questions: wage and hour challenges

April 19, 2011
Tim Twigg and Rebecca Crane of Bent Ericksen & Associates offer their advice on how to avoid potential regulatory challenges regarding wage and hour issues for your employees.

Question: Wage and hour challenges seem more prevalent than ever before, and consciousness regarding this topic is high. I advocate prevention with regard to oral hygiene, and I want to make sure I take a similar approach in avoiding these potential regulatory challenges. What do you recommend?

First, increase your knowledge of the applicable regulations, both state and federal. Second, make sure your wage and hour activities are in conformance. The most common wage and hour problems are overtime, continuing education, rest and meal breaks, independent contractor status, and defining "exempt" employees. Take advantage of the resources available in your state, or a human resources specialty company such as Bent Ericksen & Associates, to find out what your obligations are and learn how to easily stay in compliance.

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The opinions expressed above are based on the writer’s comprehensive background as a human resources professional and the policies in our Bent Ericksen & Associates products having been reviewed by legal counsel. The writer is not an attorney, and the advice provided in this message should not be construed as a legal opinion. If you have legal questions after considering the advice and reading any materials referenced, it is recommended that you consult with your attorney.

Author bio
Tim Twigg is the president of Bent Ericksen & Associates, and Rebecca Crane is a human resource compliance consultant with Bent Ericksen & Associates. For 30 years, the company has been a leading authority in human resource and personnel issues, helping dentists deal successfully with the ever-changing and complex labor laws. To receive a complimentary copy of the company’s quarterly newsletter or to learn more about its services, call (800) 679-2760 or visit