Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You Missed Out on Great Information!

You missed a great presentation at this month’s Chandler Chamber’s Employers’ Seminar Series.
Presentation  highlights from Josh Woodard of Snell &  Wilmer include:
· The Department of Labor (DOL) believes 70% of all employers have some or all of their employees miss-classified and are therefore not paying and/or calculating overtime pay correctly.  Which means you may be paying too much or too little.
· If you have outside salespeople you are required to comply with the Arizona Minimum Pay Act and make sure they are receiving at least minimum wage—EVEN IF they are commission only.
· There is a way to save money on overtime if you have employees that have fluctuating work weeks.
· Paying a non-discretionary bonus to non-exempt employees may cause you to have to re-calculate overtime for previous pay periods.
· Your independent contractors may not really be independent contractors and can cost you BIG money.  If the independent contractors you have are true independent contractors  but not paying taxes, the business owner or corporate officers can be personally liable.
· If you do not provide Workers Compensation, not only can you be fined, but you can be charged  with a criminal offense.
Highlights from Patricia Kempthorne of Twiga Foundation/When Work Works include:
· Today’s worker wants a flexible work environment just as much as they want a good salary.
· Studies show that workers with flexible work arrangements are more productive.
· Studies show that companies that offer flexible work arrangements have lower turnover, spending less money on recruitment and retention.
· You don’t have to be a large company to offer a flexible work environment.
· The best way to develop a flexible work environment is to ask employees what they need . 
· Creativity and cooperation between the employer and employee makes work “work”.

This might seem like an odd combination but Patricia was in town from Idaho to finish up the last of the nominations for the When Work Works annual awards.  There are still a few more days to go - so call or e-mail for more information.

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