A human resource and employment solutions firm, Employco USA is pleased to announce the growing expansion of its staff.
Employco’s newest team member:
Rick Fazio, Vice President of Sales – Rick joins our team as a sales leader with over 20 years of experience building and managing domestic and international high-performance sales teams. Rick is an accomplished self-directed leader that excels in managing relationships, developing sales training programs, and establishing partnerships geared toward revenue growth. He will be responsible for managing the Employco sales team and motivating them to succeed, hiring, training, developing sales strategies, working closely with marketing, and building meaningful relationships with clients.
“I’m honored to take on this role as the VP of Sales. Rob Wilson and the entire team at Employco have built a company whose sole purpose is to improve and accelerate the success of our clients through high-touch human resource services, where we truly value each client relationship.” –Rick Fazio
In this video, Rob and Jason discuss HR activities to look at for year-end. They cover performance reviews, budgets, wage analysis, raises and bonuses, supervisor training, open enrollment, handbook review, holiday parties, and more.
On this month’s HR podcast Rob, Scott, and Jason cover a variety of year-end HR topics. They discuss health insurance, renewal rates, open enrollment, cost containment, employee reviews, the importance of periodic conversations, supervisor training, bonuses and raises, regional compensation, the competitive labor market, upcoming events, and more!
On Oct. 24, 2022, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that call center workers can seek overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for the time they spend booting up and shutting down their computers. This decision is now binding precedent in the 9th Circuit, which includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
Case Background – In this case, Cadena v. Customer Connexx LLC, the employer (Connexx) provided customer service and scheduling to customers over a “soft phone,” operated only through their employer-provided computers. At the time, Connexx agents used a phone program called “Five9,” an application that operates through employees’ computers rather than through a physical phone. Employees estimated that the average boot-up time was between 6.8 and 12.1 minutes. Once logged in, employees had to load various programs and scripts and confirm that their phones were connected and ready to accept calls.
Compensation Trends – Although some organizations may cut jobs or reduce hiring as economic growth slows, some are paying higher employee wages to keep and win top talent. Today, workers can demand higher pay and better benefits as many employers face a worker shortage and struggle with employee attraction and retention. It’s been a worker-friendly labor market in recent years, and it’s not going away anytime soon. The latest compensation trends aren’t just about wage increases, but also workers wanting to get paid differently, be compensated based on their work and receive more pay transparency. Click the following link to read Today’s Top Compensation Trends
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for all private and state and local government employees, as well as some federal employees. The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. The FMLA applies to private employers who employ 50 or more employees in 20 or more workweeks in the current or preceding calendar year, all public agencies—including federal, state and local employers—and local education agencies.
On Oct. 25, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a fact sheet containing FAQs about its new poster titled “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal.” The EEOC initially released a version of the new poster on Oct. 19, 2022, and then reissued a revised version on Oct. 20, 2022.
Among other things, the FAQs about the new “Know Your Rights” poster clarify that if an employer downloaded or printed it on Oct. 19, the employer should ensure that it uses the newer version, which is instead marked as “Revised 10/20/2022.”