The federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 per hour since 2009. However, movements for higher minimum wages are taking place in many states and localities. In 2017, and 18 states have raised their minimum wage with Oregon, Maryland, and Washington D.C. in place to increase in July. At the city level, cities such as San Francisco and L.A. are scheduled to achieve a $15 minimum wage in the next few years.
Social groups and politicians advocating for an increase in wage believe that it will help bring family incomes above the poverty line, remove the threat of homelessness for workers, and provide affordability of basic needs such as insurance, childcare, and healthcare.
As we look at what improved wages mean for hourly workers, it’s important to also understand what an increased minimum wage means for employers and how to adapt to these changes.
We don’t usually blog about HR news, but this was news that we had to share.
Less than two weeks after reporting that Yahoo! Chief Executive Officer, Marissa Mayer, had announced she would not be firing anyone “this week”, The New York Post reports that the head of the tech pioneer has proceeded to not only fire someone, but accidentally so, to the tune of approximately 30 employees.
While a Yahoo! Spokesperson claims this to be a rumor, and completely false, inside sources told the New York Post that Yahoo! had begun to compile lists of lower performing employees whom were never intended to be terminated.
You’ve no doubt heard the buzz about video interviewing, and know of some companies who have implemented it as part of their recruiting strategy. However, the notion of redesigning interviewing processes, or investing in technology, may make you wonder if it’s worth it.
The video interviewing of the past was expensive. It required costly, bulky equipment, and required coordinating a time and place with compatible equipment on the other end. Now, almost everyone has the capability and access to conduct video interviews via phone, tablet or laptop.
Not only is it less expensive and easier than ever before, but the options are plentiful. Employers can use one-way interviews to gather short, pre-recorded video interviews as candidates are first presenting themselves, as a way to expedite the pre-screening process. For those candidates invited to go further in the interview process, employers can utilize live video interviews in place of the traditional phone interview.
If you’re still reluctant to take the plunge into the world of video interviews, here are a few things you may want to consider:
How will the recently proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations affect your organization? On June 30, 2015 the Wage & Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) released their proposal to change the FLSA standards for exempt employees. The new regulations will raise the minimum salary requirements for exempt employees, extending protection to millions of Americans that aren’t covered by overtime pay.
Our lives are becoming increasingly digitized. We see it everywhere. McDonald’s is replacing workers with machines, we’re on our mobile devices 24/7 and we rely heavily on systems in the workplace. With all the technology out there, are humans becoming obsolete in the digital world? The answer is no. Humans still play a crucial role, especially in the area of customer support and service. In fact when it comes to support, customers want a real person on the other end versus a computer or machine giving them irrelevant, automated responses. Technology has made consumers and system users even more demanding when it comes to expecting faster response times, precise answers and easy solutions when seeking out help. According to the Harvard Business Review, “delighting customers doesn’t build loyalty; reducing their effort—the work they must do to get their problem solved—does.” This is especially important when we rely on systems to get the job done and need a quick solution.
Anyone who works or has worked in hospitality can tell you it’s a fast-paced and complex industry, unlike any other. When it comes to recruiting, HR is often plagued with unique recruiting challenges and obstacles. Does this sound familiar?
Common Recruiting Challenges in Hospitality
In today’s recruiting environment, a mobile friendly careers page is essential to attracting top talent. Mobile usage has been growing at a steady rate and it’s no surprise that it’s also affecting the recruiting industry. See our 5 tips below for making your careers page more mobile friendly.
Why it’s important to have a mobile friendly careers site: