According to the Department of Labor nearly 60% of U.S. workers are hourly. While there may be advantages to hourly positions for organizations, they experience an extremely high turnover rate. Hourly positions tend to have lower pay, less job security, stricter schedules, no or reduced benefits, lack of bonus structures, and fewer opportunities for promotion. So how do we keep hourly employees motivated and engaged?
Non-compete agreements are a common employer approach to protecting their business from customer poaching, losing business process secrets, and losing valuable employees. These agreements have always been somewhat controversial because they can be used to restrict employment opportunities.
It's always a question to employers as to what extent off duty actions can be held against an employee. Certain situations may be easier than others to assess, such as an employee arrested for a crime. But what about an employee’s Facebook rantings?
Senate Health Bill 1.2 and repeal of Obamacare both dead, but not buried: Four Republican senators have publically opposed the updated senate health care bill.
According to the Project: Time Off report, The State of the American Vacation 2017, it appears that Americans might finally be starting to use their vacation time. For years, vacation time usage has been on the decline in the U.S., but the 2017 report shows some optimistic results.
The US Department of Labor (DOL) is working toward rescinding its judicially enjoined overtime rules. These rules were published during the Obama Administration and dramatically increased the exemption salary level test from $433/week up to $913/week. It was intended to reduce the number of jobs that could be classified non-exempt by employers.
The salary history question has become quite controversial in recent months, and some cities and states have created laws around it. It used to be an expected question during the interview process, but there is debate over whether the question is a fair one and could cause pay inequality to prevail as women progress through their careers.
Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers. For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace. However, the tide appears to be turning.
If Cyber Monday during the holidays isn’t bad enough with on-line shopping distracting employees and impacting productivity, now employers have to deal with the latest online shopping “holiday” mid-year with Amazon Prime Day. For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon Prime Day, it is the mid-summer sales equivalent of Christmas in July.
How long did you sleep last night? If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough. While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey. 60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.
The republicans, who control the Michigan State Senate, introduced legislation last Wednesday to increase MIOSHA fines to maintain parity with the federal OSHA fine maximums. Why would our business friendly legislature do this? It appears not by choice, but by necessity, if MIOSHA is to remain compliant and independent from federal OSHA oversite.
Under the Obama Administration’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL), two sets of rules intended to tip the scales in favor of labor organizing were published in 2011 – the Quickie Election Rules and the Persuader Rules. One of them is going away.
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