Thursday, October 7, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Lawyers Win! This is going down in history and may create litigation for years. The case is New Process Steel v. NLRB, 08-145. This Supreme court case may change nearly 600 employee relations decisions.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Heard today on a Wage and Hour Webinar presented by ADP and Lawyer Josh Kirkpatrick: 4 year statute of limitations on the California meal period regulation! If the employee misses the meal period, then the company owes the employee an hour of pay! Lots of initiatives underway by the Dept of Labor....stay tuned for more!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I don't watch American Idol--but tonight I saw the guy from St Pete so I stopped the remote. Chris Daughtry (prevvious winner I understand) had a great lesson learned for all of us: Stay Hungry! DON'T TAKE FANS ( i.e customers) FOR GRANTED! Don't compromise, stay true to what is true to you!
Congratulations to Leigh Moody! Nice way to find a new job!here's a great lesson: Follow your passion-doors open!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The new NLRB members have been sworn in. Do you know their backgrounds? Do you understand how they will fairly represent unions and employers? If you don't know their backgrounds, read this press release with details from the National Labor Relations Board. Business Owners what do you think? Employees what do you think?
Did you know that Health Care Reform included an FLSA Amendment Requiring Break Time for Nursing Mothers to Express Milk?
Did you know that Health Care Reform included an FLSA Amendment Requiring Break Time
for Nursing Mothers to Express Milk? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (3/23/10)-Sec 4207- amends FLSA to require employers to provide time for nursing mothers to express breast milk. “Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers,” provides that, for up to 1 year following a child’s birth, employees get a “reasonable break time”(unpaid and unlimited) each time she needs to express milk. Employers are required to provide a location,not a bathroom, shielded from view and free from intrusion where the employee can express milk. Applies to all employers covered by the FLSA. Only employers with less than 50 employees MAY BE exempt, if the requirements impose an “undue hardship” of significant expense or difficulty in relation to the size, financial resources, nature or structure of the business.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) exempt employers,, from social security and railroad retirement taxes in 2010 (except for the first calendar quarter of such year) for new employees who are hired after February 3, 2010, and before January 1, 2011, and who certify that they have not worked more than 40 hours during the last 60 days; and allows an increase in the general business tax credit for the retention of such employees for at least one year at specified wage levels. Prohibits any carryback of unused business tax credit amounts. See link for more.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
in The Woman’s Advantage Calendar and on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Homepage for Women
I’m excited that my advice was selected for The 2010 Woman’s Advantage Calendar www.WomansAdvantage.biz/calendar. My quote is featured on today’s calendar page and also on Entrepreneur Magazine’s homepage for women. Check out the top right corner of this page http://www.womenentrepreneur.com to read my quote.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Good News for Florida's businesses! House Votes to Delay Unemployment Tax
In a quick start to the opening day of session, the House voted 117-0 to delay a massive unemployment tax hike for Florida businesses. The measure would delay for two years increases that would increase the average minimum rate from $8.40 per employee to $100.30. The Senate is expected to pass it, too.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The top 10 HR issues facing small business. Free Teleseminar through the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. ( you know the speaker! :-)) sign up at the link to get the call in info. amazing practical information on what is coming and what to do!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Staples settlement. Staples has agreed to pay $42Million to resolve allegations and end years of litigation on whether their assistant store managers were misclassified and due overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.In 2007 Staples announced a settlement of $38Million from California Wage and Hour Class Action lawsuits over the same type of claim.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The OuterBanks are a favorite of mine ever since my folks took me there in the mid 60's. And I am a huge Richard Gere fan. This video is amazing. Well worth the nearly 10 minutes. Have a cup of coffee and watch this. These are unique jobs; doing unique things under the eye of lots of people. This is where schooling doesn't teach you everything; where confidence in what you do is key; where teamwork isn't a game; where you do what you do with the ground being washed away as you do it-literally! And that preparation is key--even if the job is only 22 minutes long. Now what are you doing to prepare, perform under pressure and communicate everything to your team mates.
Monday, January 18, 2010
FLA biz owners do you know that your unemployment compensation tax could increase 1000% (from $8.40ee to $100.30/ee)? The change was effective Jan 2 and triggered when taxable payrolls decreased. So the 11.2% FLA unemployment rate in October triggered the increase which you will pay all or a portion by April 30. Florida has been borrowing money from the federal government to pay out benefits since its trust fund ran out for the first time ever in August. The state borrows roughly $300 million per month and has an outstanding advance balance of about $1 billion as of January, according to the Florida Chamber. Did you know?
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
As I watch all of this with Coach Leavitt at USF--I think this: The President Judy Genshaft looked sad in her announcement; the swift investigation and action was a good thing; does Leavitt protesteth too much?; was it the reported physical thing or the reported interference with the investigation; was there conduct that was a symptom of 'the most powerful man in the house" statement?; how much is that a civil suit could come if acknowledged and even apology is made; why was the media portrayal of the coach so different from what was in the reports of the investigative report (like Tiger Woods?); would an apology make a difference--would a physical contact of the reported nature be "okay' under passion? what does it say about the brand of a University who picks up the Coach-do they tolerate such actions (if true)? do they encourage it? Is this a case of the softening of our culture? As you can see I have questions. This situation easily transfers to corporate life. But why would Leavitt want to be with an organization who has moved on? Sort of like Hillary Clinton was in West Virginia and the primary. The Party didn't want her anymore-they made their choice for candidate, yet she wouldn't give up or give in. How much is pride; how much is due to our litigious society; how much is for more of the outstanding contract dollars; how much is a stimulus bill for all the lawyers and how much is in search of the truth? What do you think? Will you share your thoughts?
Monday, January 11, 2010
Updated information posted by Dept of Labor on COBRA: fact sheet, FAQs, poster, flyer for employees, flyer for employers. Updated for the extension of the ARRA premium reduction in the Dept of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
So, here's something that may have been in the hoiday card mail. 1000 new workplace audits! Need help? Call 813-920-9030.