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August 2016 Archives

Do You Know The Basics of Employee Benefit Requirements?

Benefits for your employees can be a step in a positive direction for growth and employee satisfaction. Good employees often feel undervalued without a robust benefits package; something that most employers would hope to avoid. The issue for employers is often only the expense; though it must be measured against long-term benefits of keeping valued employees, attracting a high level of job applicants and the growth of their company. 

Workplace Safety On The Road: Tractor-Trailer Employers' Challenges and Solutions

Dangerous jobs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some that you may not expect. The jobs that are commonly considered hazardous, like firefighting, police work and power line work, present some obvious challenges that could put workers in direct danger. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has some surprising news on the topic that points to a less obvious occupation: Tractor-Trailer drivers. Statistics show that in 2014 alone, 761 drivers lost their lives on the job; and the disturbing trend has been steadily increasing in recent years. 

Firing or Terminating An Employee

The day will come as an employer when you know you have a tough decision in front of you. Firing an employee can be an uncomfortable experience for both of you and it is a matter that should be handled pragmatically and with delicacy. In a worst case scenario, your employee could fire back at you with a lawsuit. Read below to learn more about how to protect yourself against a potential lawsuit and what you can do to prevent a disgruntled employee from taking action against your business. 

Raising Minimum Wage and Implications for Employers

What's going on with minimum wage? Employers must be aware that there is somewhat of a discrepancy between the federal minimum wage and the cost of living in 2016. This past Sunday, July 24, was the seventh year that the federal minimum wage has remained the same, even with the increased cost of daily expenses. The cost of living has risen 12% since 2009, leaving the actual value of minimum wage crashing to the ground. This is a huge step down from the days before Reagan, when the minimum wage started to fall. In 1968 minimum wage was at its highest. If we look at the dive from that peak, the value has dropped more than 25%.

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