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Cheryl Marsden

Cheryl Marsden

Cheryl is certified by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) as an SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources). Successful completion of the SPHR exam indicates the person is knowledgeable in Strategic Business Management, Workplace Planning and Employment, Human Resource Development, Total Rewards, Employee and Labor Relations, and Risk Management. Cheryl has a B.A. in Business with an emphasis in Organizational Communications and a M.S. in Adult Education/Training and Development.

She has over 20 years of human resource experience, working with both Public and Private Employers. Her experience has been in health care, education, telecommunications and government. She has negotiated labor contracts and been trained in Interest Based Bargaining by FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service).

Cheryl was awarded the Competent Communicator Award by Toastmaster’s International and is also a member of NSA (National Speaker’s Association) and the Tampa Christian Chamber of Commerce.


A long awaited proposed ruling in the FLSA (Federal Labor Standards Act) was made final on May 18, 2016. The Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the rate that white collar employees must make to be exempt from overtime will more than double on December 1, 2016. Currently white collar employees who made $455 per week or $23,660 annually could be exempt from overtime if they met the "duties exemption test". However, the new ruling increased this amount to $913 per week or $47,476 annually. This means that companies would now have to pay overtime for employees who do not make $47,476 annually. The attached article gives you four options if you have employees that may be affected by this new ruling. 


If you have additional questions, you may also contact me at 813-210-3192.

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As I traveled around the United States training employees on FMLA issues, one of the questions that I was often asked was if you may discipline employees who take more time than their FMLA paperwork specifies. Jeff Nowak is an attorney in Chicago and he writes a FMLA blog entitled, "FMLA Insights". I recommended that all of my participants join his blog as he will keep you up-to-date on FMLA issues. See the attached blog from Mr. Nowak where he provides the answer to this question. 


If your company would like someone to assist you with your FMLA needs or train your supervisors on FMLA, please feel free to contact me at 813-210-3192.

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