Highest Minimum Wage by State – 2019 – Business Article

Each year hundreds of thousands of hourly paid workers earn the minimum wage in the U.S. Originally meant to provide an income sufficient to support an individual and, in some cases, a family, the minimum wage has failed to keep pace with the cost of living. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but workers who fall under both state and federal laws must be paid the higher of the two rates. Some workers receive a minimum wage mandated by the city…

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Employee Timesheet Recordkeeping Requirements – Business Article

Note: this post does not constitute legal advice. If you have questions, consult a local attorney.  The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been making headlines recently, with 14 restaurants in Los Angeles County getting fined this week for FLSA violations. In addition to owing employees back pay, the Department of Labor also found that these restaurants weren’t keeping the required employee time card records. And, clearly, the businesses also received a ton of bad press — which you can see…

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2019 Labor Law Updates | Homebase – Business Article

2018 was quite a year in employment law especially for employers of hourly workers.  The trends of 2018 will continue through 2019 including Department of Homeland Security worksite investigations, gun legislation, tipped wage changes, and the continued state trends of legalizing marijuana.     ICE Raids   There were almost 7000 worksite investigations under the Department of Homeland Security in 2018.  Almost monthly, there were headline stories about Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) raids of worksites where over 100 officers…

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How to ask for a raise or a promotion – Business Article

How to ask for a raise or a promotion actually has an answer so simple it’s often overlooked — and, understandably, people tend to overcomplicate it.  There aren’t magic words, but 3 simple actions work almost every time, regardless of the type of job you’re working at now or the next step in your career you’d like to take: 1.  Ask your manager for help.  2.  Do what they say. 3.  Follow up.   Ask your manager for help Managers are…

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Begin with the end in mind – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

If you have a growing business, it’s important to prepare as best you can to safeguard your success — and not inhibit growth by wasting time, effort and profits on fixing problems down the track. Having lawful and carefully-drafted employment contracts and workplace policies may seem an unnecessary task compared to keeping work rolling in the door, but your single biggest asset in a small business is often your employees. This asset can easily become your biggest liability if you…

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How to support an employee dealing with mental health issues – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

Tackling mental health issues in the workplace starts with a difficult conversation. Here’s how to make it easier… The annual cost of mental illness on Australian business is in the billions. These numbers do not account for the human cost on the employee dealing with a mental illness or the effects on their colleagues and employers. If you know your employees, you can usually spot changes in their behaviour that may be early signs of mental health issues. It might…

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Contracts of the heart – The Commercial Reality – Business Article

While some US companies have drawn up “love contracts” for their executives and employees, leading WA businesswoman Diane Smith-Gander does not want Australia going down that track. Despite public scandals and salacious headlines involving high-profile companies, Smith-Gander says every company should have a comprehensive code of conduct that addresses workplace relationships while avoid the issuing of rules. Smith-Gander, who sits on the board of Wesfarmers, AGL Energy and was a former NBN deputy chair, says disclosure is more important than…

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