A case that has the potential to cost staffing companies — and, in turn, their clients — hundreds of millions of dollars is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices agreed to hear a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against Amazon’s temporary worker provider, Integrity Staffing Solutions, over whether workers should be paid for the time they spend going through company security on their way home.
Two former employees provided by Integrity who worked at Amazon’s two Nevada warehouses sued the retailer’s staffing firm demanding to be paid for the 20-25 minutes it routinely takes them to clear the daily security check.
Because the case was filed as a class action, it could affect many or most of the estimated 38,000 temps at Amazon’s three dozen U.S. warehouses and distribution centers. Read more…
You just received an above average performance rating from your boss, which naturally put a large smile on your face.
But, that was subsequently wiped away when you heard that for your annual salary adjustment, you’d receive what amounted to 1 (one) percent more of a salary increase than “Joe Average” down the hall. Tight budget this year, you’re told.
Now you know Joe, or his type. He’s the disengaged clock watcher whose most notable accomplishment has been keeping his chair warm. He doesn’t do enough to either get fired or stand out above the crowd. However he’s the standard, and so receives an “average” merit award. Read more…
By David J. Goldstein
As he promised to do in his State of the Union address, President Obama today signed an Executive Order establishing a minimum wage for federal contractors.
The Executive Order states that its purpose is to “increase efficiency and cost savings in the work performed by parties who contract with the Federal Government by increasing to $10.10 the hourly minimum wage.” Read more…
PayScale has just released its 2014 Compensation Best Practices Report, and I was asked to take a look because (full disclosure) PayScale is a client.
Regardless, I was happy to check the report out seeing as (1) the graphics are pretty; and, (2) it’s crammed full of useful information about business trends.
The report contains input from 4,738 professionals, including 1033 CFOs, and some of the data surprised me. Such as: Read more…
A quiet revolution has been unfolding over the past 20 years or so.
There was a time when an employee’s salary was highly confidential. Employees were told they could be fired for simply discussing pay.
Compensation traditionally has been a backroom function. With an org chart, a survey or two and a pile of job descriptions, comp analysts had everything they needed. Read more…
Looking to be more strategic in your outlook?
Think dating, engagement and marriage. I don’t mean who you (or your teenagers) are taking to the next Katy Perry concert. I’m serious.
Here’s why it’s like dating. Strategic thinking is the opposite of being passive. Instead of acting like a wallflower, strategic thinkers are alert to opportunities that can improve business results and then apply insights to take full advantage of the opportunities.
After years of stories about the incredible worker perks, the “don’t be evil” corporate mottos, and the higher brand of capitalism practiced by some of Silicon Valley’s most celebrated companies, a darker side has emerged.
Roughly 60,000 Silicon Valley workers have gained clearance to pursue a class action lawsuit accusing Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel of conspiring to hold down wages through secret agreements not to poach one another’s staff in violation of the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts.
Mark Ames at Pando, in his article Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEO’s conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages, provides a detailed timeline and description of the events and players involved in the secret arrangements, even showcasing some of the emails involved. Read more…
By. John E. Thompson
Considerable concern and confusion has arisen from President Obama’s State of the Union announcement that he will raise the minimum wage for individuals working on federal contracts to $10.10 per hour.
Until it is possible to study any Executive Order(s) he issues on the matter, the precise meaning, parameters, and effects of what he intends to do will remain unclear. As of this writing, no such order has been published in the Federal Register. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
Some recent headline items touch upon matters of continuing concern when it comes to wage & hour issues:
Hypocrisy on minimum wage
The Employment Policies Institute has highlighted what it calls Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage among 96 percent of the Senate and House sponsors of bills to raise the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s current rate.
According to EPI, this is the proportion of increase-supporting legislators who do not pay their interns. One of them is Iowa Sen.Tom Harkin, principal sponsor of the Senate measure, who has been among the most-visible proponents of the bills and who has castigated those of a different view in harsh terms. Read more…
The misconception of cash as the ultimate motivational tool can create a problem with reward and recognition programs whose purpose is to increase employee engagement.
While most enjoy a little variable pay now and again, cash is not the end-all be-all motivator that it’s cracked up to be — at the end of the day cash is compensation, not motivation, and employees know in their gut that the two things are mutually exclusive.
But if an employee believes their compensation is inadequate, can it affect their engagement? Read more…