By Carolyn A. Pellegrini
“I have to go to work.” “Work was tough today.” “I don’t get paid enough for the work I do.”
We make these or similar statements, and we’ve all heard them. But what do they mean? What is “work”?
Recall that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to compensate employees for “work.” As set forth in the Portal-to-Portal Act, employers need not compensate employees for preliminary and post-liminary activities unless such activities were “integral and indispensable” to a worker’s main activities.
That’s completely clear, right? Wrong. Read more…
This is from China Gorman:
I love Southwest! #SWA. The pilot of our flight to Orlando just approached them sitting next to me with two extreme special needs boys (4 and 6 years old) to ask if the boys wanted to board first and get their pictures taken in the cockpit before everyone else boards. The pilot was just walking through the boarding area, noticed the family and asked. Really. One of the many reasons I give Southwest my corporate and personal business.”
And this was one of the comments in response, from Gerry Crispin: Read more…
By all other accounts, you probably aim to hire the best people for your organization.
This includes targeting those who went to elite universities, were top of their class, and come with a bevy of recommendations from professors and advisors. But, do top grads always equate to the best workers? Not according to Google.
In a recent conversation with the The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, outlined what Google really cares about when it comes to hiring — and it has nothing to do with going to a top-tier school or earning a perfect SAT score. In fact, Bock asserted that students who traditionally have an “easier” time earning top grades are taught to rely on their talent, which makes it hard to fail gracefully. Read more…
I’ve been thinking a lot about great employers lately, probably because I attended the Great Place to Work annual conference in New Orleans last week, and, because I came across this blog post at HBR with this intriguing title — Seven Things Great Employers Do (That Others Don’t).
After hearing two days of great employers from organizations honored as a Great Place to Work talk about what made them so great, I thought this list was a nice underpinning to all they had to say. Read more…
By Alice Wang
Hong Kong is not just a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia with soaring towers and enigmatic business opportunities; it also embraces traditions and honors family-oriented values.
Following my earlier article on Employment and Workplace Challenges in Hong Kong, let’s discuss some of the practical implications and recent developments in Hong Kong’s employment arena. Read more…
By David N. Goldman
Many private employers, and the agencies under the federal executive branch, provide regular sexual harassment training to their employees. Yet, one notable employer, the United States Congress, does not.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, seeks to bridge that gap.
This week, Speier introduced a resolution to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to require members and their staff to take “a specific program of training in the prevention and deterrence of sexual harassment in employment.” (Section 1 (a)(1)).
The annual training would be two hours for new members and employees, and one hour thereafter. (Section 1 (a)(3)(B)(ii)). Read more…
The annual NCAA basketball tournament that just ended this week is an exciting time for sports enthusiasts, and March Madness pools have become an integral part of office culture for many companies today.
Even for non-sports fans, the hype around the games can be a great way to build energy in the office and motivate employees during the lull that often settles in at the end of winter.
It would be great if there were events like March Madness all throughout the year to keep energy up in the workplace. Read more…
How do you develop the level of trust in your employees that’s required to inspire productivity and empowerment? I believe it starts with self-awareness.
If your organization suffers from low productivity, don’t automatically blame your employees; take a look at yourself first.
If you don’t trust your people to do their jobs well, ask why. Did you make poor choices when you hired them? Are you still learning how to maximize their skills and abilities? Read more…
By Ilyse Wolens Schuman
As expected, U.S. Senate supporters of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to a floor vote.
This bill would have, among other things:
- Expanded damages available under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to include potentially unlimited compensatory and punitive awards for wage discrimination; Read more…
By Gregory Hanscom
A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.
While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.
In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. Read more…