Staff Development, Benefits & Compensation for Low-Wage Workers

Workology

Those who work in low-wage jobs are often left out of the conversation. Why Low-Wage Workers Matter. of American workers are in low-wage jobs. 1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that in 2013, nearly two-thirds of workers in jobs that pay federal minimum wage or less are in the service industry. The answer to how we better engage and develop our low-wage employees is a mix of compensation, benefits and staff development.

5 Steps to Better Wage & Hour Law Compliance

Workology

I am making these statements from the perspective of an HR professional, consultant and HR instructor that has dealt with Wage & Hour issues for a long time. With that said here are five (5) steps to better wage and hour law compliance. My list of things may help you avoid a wage & hour investigation or, if you have one, may help you come out better as a result. Wage and Hour Compliance Tips. Educate your managers and supervisors.

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Five Steps to Better Wage & Hour Compliance

Workology

I am making these statements from the perspective of an HR professional, consultant and HR instructor that has dealt with Wage & Hour issues for a long time. With that said here is my list of 5 things that may help you to better wage & hour compliance. Additionally, there are variations on wage & hour issues that vary by states and also municipalities. The USDOL website actually offers materials that will help educate you.

What They Aren’t Telling You About the Gender Wage Gap

Workology

First let me start off by saying I believe the wage gap is real. The wage gap is an issue according to what I know about being a woman and according to research, which tells us that women are making on average $.78 Having been involved in my share of salary negotiations and compensation investigations, I can say that none of my investigations were concluded with evidence that a hiring manager was intentionally providing male candidates with more compensation than female ones.

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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 long is an offer of severance good for?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “How long is an offer of severance good for?” “How How long is an offer of severance good for?” Once offered, how long is the offer valid? If I ask for more and the company rejects my offer, does it negate the original offer? Ernie Chicago, Illinois Answer: Dear Ernie, How long the offer is valid depends on the words of the agreement, which must be read carefully. Job Offers, New Jobs and Promotions F.

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“Job offer rescinded after I quit my other job; are they liable?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question : I was offered employment in writing, a start date, and wage was included in the letter. It was signed by the Regional HR Manager. The day before the start date I was told that the offer was made in error, that corporate approval was not received first. Historically, the general rule has always been that employers are not liable for withdrawn job offers. This is one of the very most popular Model Letters we offer.

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should a job offer be “take it or leave it”?

Ask a Manager

This post, should a job offer be “take it or leave it”? , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. A reader writes: I received a job offer from a company that I had been interviewing with over the course of almost four months. Their initial offer was lower than my current salary, which I expected because the country has lower average wages than the U.S. You may also like: employer rescinded my job offer -- where did I go wrong?

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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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“If I accepted an offer of employment, and then a week later.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “If I accepted an offer of employment, and then a week later turned it down, can that company sue me or stop me from going to a different company?” “If If I accepted an offer of employment, and then a week later turned it down, can that company sue me or stop me from going to a different company?” Published on October 9th, 2010 by Alan L Sklover Question: A company extended a job offer to me, and I accepted it. Job Offers, New Jobs and Promotions F.

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“Can an employer take back a job offer, even after I accepted it.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “Can an employer take back a job offer, even after I accepted it? Can an employer take back a job offer, even after I accepted it? After several rounds of interviews, I was officially offered a full-time job by a Silicon Valley corporation. They gave me a few days to consider the offer, and sign and return it. Can an employer back off from an official, written job offer, even after it was accepted? Job Offers, New Jobs and Promotions F.

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Good Reasons to say NO to a job offer

Resume Bear

I don’t recommend that my customers say no to a job offer unless there’s a good reason. That’s why when one of my most promising customers told me she was reluctant to accept a job offer at a leading hotel corporation, I advised her to consider the circumstances. Both of these factoids seemed the equivalent of doing hard labor in a rock quarry and being paid minimum wage. There are times when you should decline an offer. Originally posted on Tim’s Strategy.

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“How can I get my employer to honor the salary offer it made when.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “How can I get my employer to honor the salary offer it made when I was hired?&# “How can I get my employer to honor the salary offer it made when I was hired?&# That offer was confirmed to me by the company in an email. For this reason, you have a fine legal claim for unpaid wages. And you have also written to the company “making a claim” for those unpaid wages. Job Offers, New Jobs and Promotions F.

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“Can a job offer be rescinded if my new employer finds out I was.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “Can a job offer be rescinded if my new employer finds out I was terminated from my previous employer?” “Can Can a job offer be rescinded if my new employer finds out I was terminated from my previous employer?” Published on September 3rd, 2010 by Alan L Sklover Question: Can a job offer be rescinded if my new employer finds out I was terminated from my old employer? Name Withheld New York, New York Answer: Yes.

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ask the readers: have you seen ripple effects from minimum wage increases?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I was wondering about states and cities that have increased their minimum wage and what the effects have been (both on wages across the board and on budget cuts elsewhere). I work in a state whose minimum wage is now $8.25, but will be incrementally raised until it hits $15 by 2025. In the past, when the entry-level position wage was raised 25 cents, all the higher tiers got 25 cent raises as well so that the difference in wages remained the same.

“How should I respond to a Job Offer being placed 'on hold.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “How should I respond to a Job Offer being placed ‘on hold?’” “How should I respond to a Job Offer being placed ‘on hold?’” Recently I received a Job Offer Letter from an organization. The Offer Letter said that it must be accepted within seven days. I asked the Human Resources representative if I could have one extra week to consider the Job Offer, because it required that I relocate, and I am unsure how this might affect my family.

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“Vacation and Vacation Pay – 50 Frequently Asked Questions”

Sklover Working Wisdom

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. It is like trading away your right to minimum wage, or a safe workplace: it just will not pass legal muster. That said, several states provide that earned vacation time is the equivalent of earned wages, and thus cannot be taken away from you for any reason.

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Wages on Wheels: Top Jobs and Businesses in the Transportation Industry

Corn on the Job

Every occupation has its risks though, and if you want to earn your wages on wheels, here is a look at some of the ways you can do this. A good way to create a lucrative business is to offer niche transportation services, specializing in moving certain items or even livestock, so that you become the go-to solution for that requirement. These are just a few examples of how possible it is to earn your wages on wheels.

I think my boss is getting copies of all my email, wage theft, and more

Ask A Manager

And setting email up so that your boss gets everything you gets would be really, really unusual — as well as pretty awful management, since if he has concerns about your work (the only thing I can think of that would lead to this), he should be talking to you about it directly and finding other ways to stay engaged with what you’re doing. In this short 10-minute max meeting, I tried to make it easy for my manager to say yes to another computer. Wage theft.

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How To Discuss Salary Requirements With The Hiring Manager

Career Realism

Generally, the higher up the corporate ladder you go, the more you can bargain for wages, benefits, and perks. If you want $5K more than the employer offers, you have to prove you're worth $5K more to the company. A lot of people find the subject of salary negotiation tricky.

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offering to consult after resigning

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: Pending a job offer, I’m looking to leave my current organization, a non-profit, where I have been for over 5 years. When I resign, I would like to offer my services as a “consultant” or at least continue the work they need on a part-time basis until they hire another full-timer, which I do not think will be a quick nor easy thing. This was originally published on March 9, 2008.

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Ensuring Employers Are Properly Paying You

Ms. Career Girl

A few lucky souls have managed to snag jobs they actually enjoy. Before you embark on the perilous journey of investing more time into your employer, here are a few aspects of wage law that you should know about. Receiving an hourly wage will qualify you for being paid for every hour worked. Receiving an hourly wage might ensure you get paid for every hour worked, but it will not necessarily guarantee overtime pay (OT). Featured Money hourly money overtime salary wag

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

Sklover Working Wisdom

or (3) applies, is offered the position, and declines it? . We offer a 94-Point Master Severance Negotiation Checklist to make sure you don’t miss any severance-related issues or fail to spot problems in severance agreements. If that is the case, your severance-related questions should be directed to a member of Senior Management, such as the Chief Operating Officer, Office Manager, CEO or owner.

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company said they’d base my job offer on my current salary

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: After a lot of hard work and preparation, the company I have been interviewing with called me today to let me know they wanted to make an offer!

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what to say to job applicants when you know you can’t offer fair compensation

Ask a Manager

This post, what to say to job applicants when you know you can’t offer fair compensation , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. The amount I have been told is my budget is about two-thirds what I feel they should be offered. Do I call them and tell them what I’m able to offer and ask if it makes sense for them for us to have an interview? Just skip them altogether knowing what I can offer them isn’t reasonable?

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

Sklover Working Wisdom

For severance, Melanie was offered four weeks salary, that is, one week for each of her years with the company, for a total of $8,800. As is almost always the case, Melanie was being offered some severance monies provided, however, that she sign an agreement releasing any claims she might have against her employer. So, it turned out Melanie was being offered $8,800 to give up a very solid legal claim for $230,000, perhaps more. times the minimum wage.

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another manager complained about my employee, resigning before you’re fired, and more

Ask a Manager

This post, another manager complained about my employee, resigning before you’re fired, and more , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager. Another manager complained about my employee. It’s bad management and bad communication from your colleague.

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should my unpaid internship have been paid, offering to give up a bonus, and more

Ask a Manager

You’d also probably be able to pursue back wages for the work if you want to (it will destroy the reference, obviously, but you’re legally entitled to be paid for that work). Should I offer to give up my bonus this year? I’m training her but I’m not her manager.

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Let’s Eat! Meal Break Policies & Employee Compliance

Workology

No policy seems to cause nearly as much frustration to managers, employees and HR as the dreaded meal break policy. HR departments draft detailed policies, managers complain about having to monitor whether employees take breaks correctly, and employees are frustrated about the number of requirements for when and how they take their break. Bona fide meal periods, which the Department of Labor defines as being at least 30 minutes, may be unpaid if offered.

boss said she’d give me a great reference but she didn’t, jobs advertised for less than minimum wage, and more

Ask a Manager

My manager said she’d give me a great reference — but she didn’t. According to the hiring manager, my supervisor did not have full confidence in my work product. I’m sure it was her – the hiring manager specifically said my current supervisor’s reference was the determining factor. It’s possible that the hiring manager got mixed up, and the reference was from someone else. Recruiter made me promise not to accept any job offers. Not taking any offers?”

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

Sklover Working Wisdom

Where is the accountability on upper management and the corporation to not abuse the exempt-from-overtime employees? We now offer by digital download to your tablet Mr. Sklover’s classic, “Fired, Downsized, or Laid Off,” the unofficial “bible” of how to negotiate severance. Employment Info and Insight Overtime Overtime, Commissions and Unpaid Wages Q & A

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should our office stop cake collections, disclosing a wage garnishment, and more

Ask a Manager

More importantly, the HR manager has recently started coordinating this initiative — with all the best intentions, but I’m afraid it may seem like an imposition if it comes from an HR person. My role is underpaid (woefully) and under recognized by management. The people in my position really run the day-to-day operations and our executives are thankful and generous, but management is not. When should I disclose a wage garnishment? Only when making an offer?

employer offered me a job, then made me interview again, then made a new offer, then yanked it — what’s going on?

Ask a Manager

At the end of the day, the director offered me the job, said they would have no problem matching my current salary, confirmed a schedule that might work, etc. He said he would send me the formal offer and employee handbook that same night.

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

Sklover Working Wisdom

By federal law all employees (other than executives, professionals and managers) must be paid at an overtime rate (time-and-one-half) after 40 hours of work in a week. However, municipal government employees, like yourself, may be offered the option of taking “compensatory time” (often called “comp time”) which is time off instead of the earned overtime pay. 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.

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Closing the Gap: Massachusetts Bans Screening Candidates Based on Salary

Workology

“No employer shall discriminate in any way on the basis of gender in the payment of wages or other compensation, including benefits and other compensation, or pay any person a salary or wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of a different gender for comparable work.” But the bigger change for many recruiters and hiring managers will be the law’s prohibition against making previous or current salary a factor during the interview process.

How To Discuss Salary Requirements With The Hiring Manager

Career Realism

How To Discuss Salary Requirements With The Hiring Manager. Generally, the higher up the corporate ladder you go, the more you can bargain for wages, benefits and perks. If you want $5k more than the employer offers, you have to prove you’re worth $5k more to the company. By reminding the employer of the benefits and advantages you offer and by citing examples of how your past accomplishments benefited previous employers.

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6 Ways to Advance Gender Equality in the C-Suite

Workology

In 2016 top management still looks old-school. They have to see from top management down that the system favors men over women,” says Diana Bilimoria, KeyBank endowed professor of organisational behaviour and director of the Women in Leadership programmes at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Google has empowered its leaders to offer tours of duty (limited employment tenures) to the most promising hires.

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employer wants us to help with loan fraud, offering to talk about salaries with coworkers, and more

Ask a Manager

It might also be a violation of your state’s wage and hour laws, but you’d need a lawyer to tell you for sure.). My manager and I get caught in conversational feedback loops. How can I offer to discuss my salary with coworkers? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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Don't Stop Doing What You Love

Life@work

But if youre beating your head against the wall because you cant figure out how to make a living wage taking photographs or acting or walking dogs or helping the homeless or playing Scrabble or whatever it is you love to do, take heart. Seth Godin offers a take on this philosophy that I find realistic, wise and inspiring. Seth Godin offers a take on this philosophy that I find realistic, wise and inspiring.

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“How can I collect commissions due me from my former employer and.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Published on June 23rd, 2010 by Alan Sklover Question: Recently, I asked the management of my company if they would pay me the commissions I was due for sales I had made. At first, management denied that they owed me any commissions. Then I showed them my employment offer letter, and they offered me part – but not all – of the commissions I was due. Job Offers, New Jobs and Promotions F. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O.

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update: employer will only reimburse interview travel expenses if I accept their offer

Ask a Manager

month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Although having a photo of yourself on your application is common in the country I live in (not USA), especially young people and less traditional industries don’t do so anymore (because it’s irrelevant to your skill set and your looks shouldn’t at all determine if you get an offer, etc.). It’s “where are you now?”

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company told me their job offer is “take it or leave it”

Ask a Manager

I received an offer from a company that I had been interviewing with over the course of almost four months. Their initial offer was lower than my current salary, which I expected because the country has lower average wages than the United States. However, the offer also did not include any relocation assistance and the core benefits were essentially the legal minimum for the market.

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“Can an employer just 'hold back' money it claims it is owed by an.

Sklover Working Wisdom

My husband signed an offer letter in November, 2009 from his present employer. The offer letter contained a paragraph that said that he would have to sign a “clawback” agreement which would require that, if my husband left the job, he would have to pay back to the employer the fees it paid to a recruitment agency. The offer letter did not provide any specifics, such as how long he would have to stay on the job to avoid having to repay those fees, or how much those fees were.

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