Tag Archive | employers

Businesses may not like the overtime rule, but best not to mess with it

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

Starting in January 2020, small businesses will see their compensation costs rise. It won’t just be due to the increased wages as a result of the tight labor market. Or entirely because of higher minimum wages mandated by a city or state. Or as a result of the paid time off that’s increasingly becoming required in regions. All of those factors will contribute. But now there’s another thing: overtime pay.

Currently, if a business – big or small – pays a salaried worker who does not supervise others and is not a salesperson more than $23,600 a year, then that worker is not entitled to any overtime. This week, the Department of Labor issued a proposed ruling – effective next year – that would raise those wages approximately 50% to $35,308. The DoL estimates the 1.1 million US workers will be affected.

Business owners “generally do not like it when the federal government intervenes on wage issues”, Karen Kerrigan, president of the advocacy group Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, told the Associated Press. That’s not surprising. But the rule, however, isn’t a big surprise to most of the business owners I know. There’s a history. Read More…

Government should butt out of a business’s dress code

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

There aren’t many places to find a definition of anal cleft. I’ve tried. So I’ll have to rely on this description in Wikipedia which says that the anal cleft – otherwise known as the intergluteal cleft – is “the groove between the buttocks that runs from just below the sacrum to the perineum, so named because it forms the visible border between the external rounded protrusions of the gluteus maximus muscles”.

This controversial and somewhat vague definition of what most of us consider the butt crack is the crux of a federal lawsuit and please, do not crack any jokes. The decision could have a significant impact on the livelihood of Jovanna Edge, the owner of the Hillbilly Hotties café in Everett, Washington. Read More…

Washington hair stylists proved independent contractors can’t be cut

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

One thing is obvious to anyone who’s ever visited a hair stylist: this is an industry that relies on independent contractors, many of whom rent out space from existing salons to work their craft.

Which is why, according to the News Tribune, more than 77,000 Washington state residents signed a petition and 1,000 local hair stylists descended upon Olympia last week to protest against a proposed state senate bill which – if passed – would have significantly affected their livelihoods.

In Washington state, salon owners who use independent contractors instead of employees in their shops enjoy an exemption (up to a certain amount) from paying certain business and occupancy taxes, as well as worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance. That means lost revenues to the state. Which is what prompted the creation of three bills – two in the state senate and one in the house – all with the objective of “leveling the playing field”. Read More…

Employers must prepare for an ageing workforce – or face unexpected costs

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

The American workforce is getting older. In fact, by 2024 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 25% of the US workforce will be composed of workers over the age of 55, and a third of those workers will be older than 65. The reasons, for the most part, are due to the country’s overall ageing population as a result of declining birth rates and better life expectancy. But there’s also something else going on. Employees are not only working longer because they can. They’re working longer because they have to. Retirement savings are just not keeping up.

This is both a good thing and a challenge for employers. On the one hand, older employees bring experience, loyalty, stability and reliability to the office, particularly in these times of low unemployment and a tight labor market. But these same employees also require a different kind of approach to not only keep them productive and valuable while working, but also to ensure that they can smoothly transition to retirement without becoming a financial burden to their employers. Read More…

Advice For Employees: There’s a Limit To Your Complaints

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

Ah, it’s good to be an employee in a growing, low-unemployment economy, isn’t it? You can move jobs more easily, ask for higher wages and demand better benefits.

You can also walk off your job – like 20,000 Google employees did last November – to protest how your company handles sexual abuse allegations. Or better yet, you can write a strong letter to your bosses complaining about your company’s business practices, as other Google employees did a few weeks ago. Or you can pick on other management practices to gripe about. Amazon warehouse workers in Europe recently protested their working conditions. Apple employees publicly voiced their work culture frustrations under CEO Tim Cook. Google employees (what, again?) just this week are writing to tech workers at other firms to join together against forced arbitration — a dispute resolution process that favors the employer.

And these are just incidents at companies that are considered some of the best places to work in the world! Read More…

The Surprising Factor That Determines Whether an Applicant Gets A Job


(This post originally appeared on Inc.)

Experts will tell us that there are many factors that play an important role in determining whether or not a job applicant is accepted. Some employers look at experience. Others consider reasons like attitude, intelligence, problem-solving skills or compensation requirements. But there’s something else that many employers consider and it has very little to do with how well an employee can perform the requirements of a job. It’s where he or she lives.

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame sent 2,260 resumes from fictional people – all from different proximities – to a collection of low-wage jobs in the Washington, D.C. area in 2014 as part of a study to prove this theory. Four out of five of the fake applications received no response, a handful were rejected and about one in five were invited for an interview.

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Businesses can’t afford to be stingy – or they risk losing good employees

(This post originally appeared on The Guardian)

The biggest challenge I hear from my clients of all sizes in this year of economic growth and low unemployment is finding (and keeping) good workers. Unfortunately, that challenge looks to be more pressing for the foreseeable future.

That’s the takeaway from a new study of more than 22,000 employees in 40 countries from research firm Gartner. The study revealed that nearly half (47%) of employees do not have a “high intent” of staying in their jobs, an increase from 40% in the first quarter of 2018.

“We are continuing to witness a multi-year decline in employee discretionary effort both in the US and globally, as workers are simply not seeing rewards from their employers for going above and beyond,” Brian Kropp, group vice-president of Gartner’s HR practice said. Read More…