employers

In June of this year – Romney made some comments that seemed to fly below the radar.  As he was speaking to a group of business owners, he urged them to “make it clear to your employees” the significance of their vote and “therefore their job and their future”.  We’ve shared that HERE:

He said:

I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their joband their future in the upcoming elections.  And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope you pass those along to your employees.”

“Nothing illegal about you talking to your employees about what you believe is best for the business, because I believe that will figure in to their election decision, their voting decision.”

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Work Hours

I’m reading some of the schedules retail folks worked before Christmas. I’m hoping y'all are in states with OT laws like CA’s! (Definitely looking at you mykidsmaybecrazy.)

CA defines OT by the day and week. As the rest of the country, if you work more than 40 hours in a workweek, you get time-and-a-half. But, unlike many other places, any hours exceeding 8 in a day are paid at time-and-a-half. This is true even if you work less than 40 hours during the week.

This law keeps employers from abusing employees by making them work more than 8 hours in a day and then cutting their hours later in the week to prevent them from hitting 40.

Additionally, if you work all 7 days in the workweek, the 7th day is paid at time-and-a-half even if your total for the week was less than 40. This prevents employers from making employees work 5 hours a day, 7 days in a row. Your total is below the 40- hour threshold, but the 5 hours on that 7th day will be paid at time-and-a-half.

As an employer, I liked these laws. The employer-employee relationship is a two-way street that should be built on mutual respect. Too often employers abuse hourly workers. These laws helped keep the playing field somewhat level.

Note - As with all labor laws there are many specifics I’ve omitted. But, you get the overall point.

Did you know the all white, all male Iowa Supreme Court has deemed it perfectly legal (again, when the court reconsidered its previous ruling) for an employer to fire an employee because they are sexually attracted to them? The court reasoned that one can be fired for feelings, and this was a case centered on feelings, not gender. The male dentist who fired an employee thought he might try to start an affair, and rather than deal with his own shortcomings, he fired her. 

This ruling has broad impact, when the same thought process is applied to race. What happens when an employer “feels” a certain way about lighter versus darker people with varying shades of brown skin? 

Note to self: Never move to Iowa, and I hope the terminated employee appeals to the SCOTUS.