At this time of year, most employees are concerned with how much of a refund check they will receive from the federal government after filing their income tax returns. After all, tax season is not just big business for tax preparers. Retailers also want to benefit from the extra money that workers will receive.
Having employees ready at a moment’s notice, otherwise known as being “on call” has become a benefit for some California employers and employees alike. The employer benefits because much needed labor can be summoned to respond to time sensitive matters, and employees appreciate the flexibility that comes with such a schedule.
As the NCAA prepares to crown a champion for Division I football, and men’s and women’s basketball teams begin conference play, collegiate sports takes center stage this week. Lost in all the hoopla is the vast disparity between what college coaches, universities and conference make in revenues compared to what the players make.
With 2017 finally here, there are a number of changes within California law that will take effect. For employers and employees, arguably the most important legal change has to do with the new minimum wage requirements.
For all intents and purposes, the week before Christmas is the busiest shopping week of the year. This is normally when shoppers who have procrastinated finally hit the malls in search of last minute gifts (and deals). Retailers know this; which is why new discounts on selected items are introduced, and stores stay open later than usual until Christmas Eve.
It is not very often that the term “joint employer” is used in mainstream media. However, when a major, nationally known employer is involved, the term can quickly become a household name.
As we have noted in a number of our posts, being the victim of discrimination in the workplace can be a traumatic experience. On the one hand, you may despise how you have been treated, and you are certainly ready for it to stop. On the other hand, you need the job so you can meet your financial burdens, so walking off the job may not be an option, and being fired can be devastating.
People may not be concerned with the holiday shopping season right now. After all, it is the middle of October, and most retailers are focusing on moving Halloween decorations and candy. But soon enough, hiring for the holiday season will begin in earnest. When that happens, it is very likely that some employers will take advantage of eager, yet naïve workers and ask them to work “off the clock.”
While it may not have been mentioned during the political conventions, the U.S. job market continues to grow; even if it is not as robust as expected. The July jobs report was released last week, and the national economy added 225,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent.
While the major political conventions haven’t mentioned it, the job market is slowing slightly. This may mean that companies are ambivalent about hiring given the uncertainty of the economy, or they have reached capacity (temporarily). Because of this, some new employees may feel pressure to make a good impression in order to maintain job security.