Staff Development, Benefits & Compensation for Low-Wage Workers


Those who work in low-wage jobs are often left out of the conversation. Those working in these jobs make up a large portion of the workforce, so it is imperative that we think about them when creating staff development programs, compensation structures and benefits. Why Low-Wage Workers Matter. of American workers are in low-wage jobs. The answer to how we better engage and develop our low-wage employees is a mix of compensation, benefits and staff development.

What Working Women Should Know About Disability Benefits

Ms. Career Girl

Disability Benefits. Should this happen and they be at least temporarily unable to work, women can find financial and healthcare support through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a federal benefit through which approved applicants can receive income during their recovery. However, the majority of people receiving SSDI aren’t content with a future of living on benefits for the rest of their lives. Women have taken major strides in a workforce once dominated by men.


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Why It Matters: The Minimum Wage Debate

Career Realism

Minimum wage is currently a hot topic everywhere. Nationally, there's ongoing debate about raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, while at the state level many local governments are wrestling with their own minimum wage increase proposals as they keep an eye on things on the federal level. The Effort To Raise Minimum Wage The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up to vote on a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25

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6 Key Benefits of Becoming an Electrician


An electrician’s job offers a wide variety of benefits, including stability, high wages, and a lack of boredom. Check out the 6 key benefits of becoming an electrician below to determine whether this is the perfect career for you. .

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Will Relocating for a Higher Wage Leave You Worse Off?

Career Alley

Over time, you gain the experience and the skillset needed to make that progression to a higher wage. So, you will be receiving a higher wage. Although this can quite easily be a benefit if the costs are lower than your present home, you may find that the could also be a lot higher too. “ The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. ” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Read more at

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UW Study On $15 Minimum Wage Bad News For Liberals.

The HR Capitalist

If there's anything that will get a healthy dinner conversation going (or get people fighting), it's the idea of the $15 minimum wage. A better wage for core entry-level workers is hard to argue against as a reasonable person. Fortunately, there's some research pouring in on the minimum wage that seems to be based on reality, not theory. . There’s bad news from Seattle for advocates of a $15-an-hour minimum wage law.

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Understanding Domestic Partner Benefits


In four years, the number of companies with domestic partner benefits has essentially almost doubled. companies offer domestic partner benefits. From 2008 to 2010, the percentage of medium-sized companies (those with 500-4999 employees) that offered these benefits only grew by five points (From 32 percent to 37 percent). That year, the percentage of small companies offering domestic partner benefits grew by 19 points, taking it to 47 percent. Not your average benefits.

10 Tax-Free Fringe Benefits (i.e., “Perks”)

Sklover Working Wisdom

Instead, many employers are offering tax-free fringe benefits (“perquisites,” or more commonly, “perks,” for short.), instead, either by offering them to certain individuals who are deemed particularly deserving of them, or to all employees in a structured fringe benefit plan. Indeed, the amount of tax-free benefit under several of these benefits changes from year to year.) At $365 a month, that comes to a potential tax-free benefit of $4,380 a year.

“Can my employer reduce benefits without any limit?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

These benefits were part of the reason I took this job. Regarding employers and employees, and employment benefits, this is how it goes: 1. In the past, employers provided benefits primarily to attract and retain valuable employees; more recently, benefits are being reduced nearly everywhere. To attract and retain workers, employers had to compete with each other by offering such things as “side benefits.”.

What is Your Job’s Real Hourly Wage?

Career Realism

So it’s important to know your REAL hourly wage not what your paycheck says, not the one you think you’re worth… you want to know the real return on your investment of time. They both agreed they had never really looked at their pay this way and were willing to run through the exercise of calculating the “REAL Hourly Wage.” ” The formula I use with my clients is the following: [Your Real Hourly Wage] = [Your Adjusted Income] ÷ [Your Adjusted Job Hours].

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How to Benefit From Your Rebellious Nature


If we wage a war, that we might have a chance of winning. Blogging Bonus Track Leadership Life "Rayanne Thorn" @Ray_anne benefit from risk blogging4jobs daily risks earth fear leadership lose nature rebel rebellion risk risky scary try something new weather Work worldTougher than the Weather. The fog rolled in yesterday morning very early – I was up at 4am. I watched and waited for it to clear, but darkness prevailed.

“Compensation lowered; can I resign and collect Unemployment Benefits?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

If I refuse to work for the lowered salary and commissions, can I collect Unemployment Benefits? Unemployment Benefits are provided to people who have either (a) lost their job without fault of their own, or (b) resigned with a truly good reason. As a general rule, Unemployment Benefits are reserved for people who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own, or who resign with a good-enough reason. P.S.: Applying for Unemployment Benefits can be confusing!

5 Companies That Have Benefited From Strong LGBTQ+ Leadership

Career Realism

Here is a list of only a handful of companies that have benefited from LGBTQ+ leadership. The company has also adopted a minimum "living wage" for all employees of approximately $75,000 per year "We're even more proud of our low turnover compared to our industry peer group; at 6.3%

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Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show


Compensaton and Benefits. Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. New Economic Research Backs Overwhelming Public Support for Minimum Wage Increases to Help Rebuild Economy. An increase in the minimum wage could help bolster the sluggish economic recovery, according to two new, groundbreaking studies. Raising the minimum wage can help our economy recover while helping the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet in low-wage jobs.

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Why Intern Benefits that Are Better than Real Money


Certainly no one is opposed to getting paid and an hourly wage is an important part of any i ntern compensation , but it is worth noting that there are other forms of benefits that you can offer that are far more valuable than money in most interns’ eyes. Intern Benefits Offered by Every Fortune 500 Company. Five Internship Benefits Offered by the Most Innovative Companies. Fortunately the best intern benefits rarely cost a lot of money.

Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show


Compensaton and Benefits. Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. TOPIC: Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. Minimum wage hike could boost Economy, research show. New Economic Research Backs Overwhelming Public Support for Minimum Wage Increases to Help Rebuild Economy. An increase in the minimum wage could help bolster the sluggish economic recovery, according to two new, groundbreaking studies. Be our Friend.

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Understanding Comprehensive Benefits Before Taking A Job

Career Realism

It can be very easy for companies to build a compelling case by attaching a certain number to wage or salary information. But have you looked carefully at their benefits? Once you include benefits into your calculations, a different job might become your primary focus. Here are some benefits to watch out for during your search for employment. Insurance Benefits. It is vital that you examine your comprehensive insurance benefits before accepting a job.

How to Fight Unemployment Insurance Benefit Hearings


For a list of unemployment benefit amount by state and other UI resources, click here. . The History of Unemployment Benefits. Unemployment insurance benefits first appeared in Wisconsin in 1932 as part of an effort to provide relief to workers who were unemployed as a result of the 1929 financial collapse. Unemployment insurance benefits are weekly benefit compensation for individuals who have found themselves between jobs, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

Wages, Savings and Hiring: How the Workplace Is Hostile to People with Disabilities


This week a friend of mine was finally able to access disability benefits. It was a months long alienating and depressing process. In truth, he would have been happier to continue working but no workplace was able — or perhaps willing — to make the kind of accommodations he needs. That’s why we’re reading reading […]. HR american disabilities act disabilities hiring

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An open letter to everyone who is concerned about the wage gap

Penelope Trunk

First of all, a confession: I think the wage gap is fine. In this post, I will tell you what you can do to close the wage gap. And that’s a much bigger problem than a simple wage gap. After age three it’s unclear if parenting impacts adult life, so the quantifiable benefit of having a parent at home is limited. I am paid much less than men with my experience and track record, and I don’t care, because I want to be with my kids.

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“Vacation and Vacation Pay – 50 Frequently Asked Questions”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Because so many employers are trying to cut back on pay and benefits wherever and whenever they can, it is more important than ever to know your rights and to be prepared to stand up for those rights in a smart and effective way. . The laws that apply to employees generally follow this rule: the state laws that apply to benefits and wages is the state law of the state in which you “sit” while you do most of your work. An employer cannot deny earned wages as a punishment.

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The Benefits Of Working Overseas

Career Realism

Those who are considering working overseas should understand the many benefits that working abroad has to offer. Not only does working in a foreign country offer an exciting opportunity to travel and learn about various cultures, but working overseas also has tangible employment benefits that can have a positive and lasting impact on a person’s career. In future years, experience working overseas will continue to pay benefits.

“If laid off and offered a lower job, will declining it result in losing severance or unemployment benefits?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Most of the answers to your questions can be best determined by inquiring to Human Resources, and to your state’s unemployment benefits agency. For example, an 88-year old great-grandmother who was a secretary for an oil company would almost surely not be denied severance or unemployment benefits if she declined a different job working as an oil rig construction worker. Neither would be deemed “suitable employment” for severance or unemployment benefits. .

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Key Benefits To Keep In Mind When Looking For Work Out Of State

Corn on the Job

For those willing to relocate out of state, it’s about more than just considering the stress of moving to another state; it is also about getting familiar with the terms and benefits of your new job before you make the move. Financial Remuneration Laws Including Minimum Wage.

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What’s Your Job’s Real Hourly Wage?

Career Realism

So, it’s important to know your REAL hourly wage not what your paycheck says, not the one you think you’re worth… you want to know the real return on your investment of time. They both agreed they had never really looked at their pay this way and were willing to run through the exercise of calculating the “REAL Hourly Wage.” As part of the real hourly wage calculation, you need to include as income the value of the benefits you receive.

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“I have an Unemployment Benefits Appeal Hearing coming up. What do.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “I have an Unemployment Benefits Appeal Hearing coming up. I have an Unemployment Benefits Appeal Hearing coming up. Published on September 19th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover Question: I was terminated about eight months ago, and I applied for unemployment benefits. After an initial Hearing I was granted benefits, and they started being paid about a month ago. Benefits, Pensions and Perq’s H. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O.

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“For my appeal of a denial of unemployment benefits, should I.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “For my appeal of a denial of unemployment benefits, should I point out that I am receiving COBRA subsidy, which makes no sense?” “For For my appeal of a denial of unemployment benefits, should I point out that I am receiving COBRA subsidy, which makes no sense?” Published on September 15th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover Question: I was recently forced to leave my job, and I applied for unemployment benefits. Benefits, Pensions and Perq’s H.

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can an employer steal your work when you apply for a job, why can’t low-wage jobs retain workers, and more

Ask a Manager

This post, can an employer steal your work when you apply for a job, why can’t low-wage jobs retain workers, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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What Is a Work Perk Worth?


One of the trends B4J is keeping an eye on in 2016 is the growing popularity of unique perk and benefit packages as a way for employers to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. And that can be both good or bad – how the balance of wages and perks plays out for employers and employees depends so much on context. I don’t know your personal circumstances, so you’d better plot that cost/benefit carefully.

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When Women Thrive At Work It’s Good for Everyone


These companies had better benefits, better professional development programs and […] Source. HR pay gap wage gapNew research shows that workplaces where women thrive are workplaces where everyone reports higher levels of satisfaction and support. Great Place to Work and Fortune found that “companies where women are thriving also tend to offer better workplace experiences for all employees.” ” What’s the difference?

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How to Ask for A Salary Raise – and Get It!

Ms. Career Girl

It’s not personal, just part of cost control: salaries and benefits are among a company’s largest expenses. Featured Money how to ask for a raise how to ask for a wage increaseThe post How to Ask for A Salary Raise – and Get It! appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. Have you earned a raise in salary? Are you delivering as much or more than you colleagues (especially the men!) for less money? Have you increased your contributions since your last salary evaluation?

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Savings Tips for Women in 2017

Ms. Career Girl

Keep in mind that, on average, women outlive men by close to five years and only earn 80 cents for every dollar men earn, which can translate to a lower Social Security benefit. Featured Money gender wage gap and retirement nerdwallet Retirement savings for women savings tips Savings Tips for WomenThe post Savings Tips for Women in 2017 appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. The following is a guest post by Roberta Pescow, a contributing writer for NerdWallet.

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Overtime Pay: 80% of American Employees are Entitled. Are you?

Sklover Working Wisdom

Many states have state overtime laws that give employees even greater overtime benefits, as well as broader eligibility to overtime pay. times the minimum wage. Bear in mind: Your state may provide you even better Overtime Benefits and/or easier Overtime Qualification – Many states provide employees in their states (a) greater overtime benefits, and (b) easier overtime qualification criteria, than does the FLSA. “I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need.

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New Study Shows that Leaning Into Negotiations Doesn’t Always Work for Women


” They wanted to know how and when leaning in might benefit women – and when it might not. All negotiation opportunities begin with a computer-generated suggested wage for the worker, equal to the worker’s contribution plus a random amount that is negative in expectation.” As we know from the gender wage gap , neither the good nor the bad falls equally among women. HR bias gender pay gap gender wage gap negotiation pay gap race wage gap women at work

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4 Things Companies Should Be Showcasing To Prospective Employees In 2021

Career Realism

Many companies are also currently addressing issues like diversity and inclusion and the gender wage gap. But why waste time going through the interview process with an employee if they're just going to walk away because they don't like the company's benefits?

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Chick-fil-A: Observations from the Road About Talent and Culture.

The HR Capitalist

A living wage doesn't hurt. Benefits Culture Employee Relations Wellness WorkplaceI travel a lot for work. Over the last nine years, that's meant a bit of travel fatigue and recent attempts to reduce my total number of nights in hotel rooms. Reducing nights in hotel rooms generally means getting up as early as needed and hitting the road for mid morning meetings - rather than going in the night before.

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4 Things To Know About Negotiating Salary In 2021 (And Beyond)

Career Realism

For example, industries impacted significantly by the pandemic such as restaurants, retail, hospitality, and seasonal jobs are struggling to fill jobs and are raising wages to entice job seekers to work for them. Salary negotiations can be tricky, but there's no escaping them.

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Did You Know That. Employer-Paid Moving Expenses are Now Taxed as Employee Income?

Sklover Working Wisdom

We all should know that wages, salary, bonuses and employer-granted grants of stock are “income” to the employee, and thus subject to taxes to be paid by the employee. Benefits, Pensions and Perq's Did You Know Miscellaneous Compensation Miscellaneous Perq's Monthly Newsletter Library Raise, Bonus, Compensation RelocationYes, the 2018 “Tax Reform” law in the U.S.

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Workers Must Watch Out For These Types Of Wage Theft


Wage theft is a new hot topic sweeping across the United States. The issue picked up even more steam when Donald Trump repealed wage theft protections in March of 2017. Working professionals, in particular, are rightly concerned with the prevalence of wage theft among businesses in America. Many worry that they may be a victim of wage theft without even realizing it. Wage theft includes situations where workers are not paid overtime. Minimum Wage.

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Karma will Help Women Get a Raise… If They Ask For It


Women need to know what the value of their work is in terms of salary and benefits and men need to be allies and champions for change within our organizations. Business HR Leadership Work ceo gender gender inequality karma leadership microsoft negotiation raise wages

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“Why is it acceptable to expect someone to work 60 to 70 hours a week?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

As just a few examples, our society has (a) outlawed slavery as cruel and inhumane, (b) outlawed child labor, as not conducive to the education and growth of our children in their more tender years, (c) established minimum wage laws, so that all employees must be paid at least a certain amount of income, and live a certain minimal economic level, and (d) enacted occupational safety laws, so that fewer people get injured on the job.

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“If I am terminated for cause, can accumulated leave time and comp time be denied me?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Leave Time (or Vacation Time) is very different; it is not a form of wages, but rather a benefit that is not required by law. These are not considered forms of mandatory “wages,” but rather, these are given to employees as non-mandatory “benefits.” It is near universal that, upon termination for alleged “cause,” employers give employees only the very bare minimum they are legally entitled to: no severance, no vacation time, and no unvested benefits.

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The U.S. has waged a war on jobs


Compensaton and Benefits. has waged a war on jobs. Im not an economist, labor or otherwise, but simple observation suggests one significant contributor to the nations job crisis -- for a long time, maybe even decades, we have been waging war on jobs and those who hold them. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. million in back wages, damages for more than 4,500 Misclassified Wal-Mart workers.

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