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What holiday workers should know before working additional hours

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.”

Strong job growth in July, but many are still treated unfairly

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.

The problems with working 'off the clock'

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.

More salaried employees to be eligible for overtime pay

While the summer of 2016 draws near, we are nearly one year removed from the historic increase of the federal minimum wage. Since that time many states and jurisdictions have increased the working minimum wage (some jurisdictions to $15.00/hr), but the troubles suffered by low level salaried employees have largely been ignored. Because of this, some managers in retail establishments and restaurants made less per hour than their hourly counterparts because they were barred from collecting overtime pay.

Job growth influences increases in workers' wages

Despite the doom and gloom created by the stock market’s lackluster performance in January, the job market posted another positive month. With the 151,000 job added last month, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. This is arguably a far cry from the 10 percent rate that saddled the economy in 2009. And it is a sign that America’s economy is gaining strength despite slowdowns in other major economies; particularly China.

Could you be underpaying in taxes?

During this time of year, it appears that retailers and employees are definitely reaping the benefits of their hard work. Between all the returns and the gift cards that are given as gifts, this week is arguably the most profitable week of the year, even though it is the last week of the year.

How to handle requests to work overtime during the holidays

This week is arguably the busiest shopping week of the year. As Christmas is this week, scores of procrastinating shoppers are expected to hit stores and malls to grab last minute gifts. Retailers are poised to oblige them. Most stores are expected to roll out discounts on selected items, and they are expected to stay open later than usual until Christmas Eve.

Thoughts on workers being paid during the holiday season

The holiday season is not just for people to spend a little extra to purchase gifts for family and friends. It is also an opportunity for retailers to pad their bottom lines; hence the term “Black Friday.” Nevertheless, the retail bonanza is not just limited to the day after Thanksgiving and Cyber-Monday (the first Monday after Thanksgiving). Because of this holiday push, retailers tend to hire additional help to make sure the holiday season is profitable.

Things employees should know about when starting a new job

When you are new at a company or organization, you probably are focused on making a good impression and justifying the salary you are being paid. If you feel pressured by this, relax. Nervousness over the desire to do well is a natural feeling that many new employees encounter.

What employees should know about the new paid sick leave law

With the calendar turning to November, flu season is coming. Indeed, Southern California's weather doesn't lend itself to people getting sick when dealing with the cold, but employees can and will get sick over the next couple months.

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