Free Online Training Courses for Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration has recently updated their free online training courses. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a great resource for any small businesses across America. The SBA “was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to …

Written By: Jake Stratton

Trouble for Wal-Mart in Minnesota

Wal-Mart loses Minnesota state wage-hour lawsuit In a recent lawsuit (Braun v Wal-Mart, Inc.), a Minnesota trial court ruled that Wal-Mart violated state law for failure to provide rest breaks and requiring employees to work “off the clock”. The court has already granted $6.5 million in compensatory damages to approximately 56,000 employees.  The court found that Wal-Mart’s failure to compensate …

Written By: Jake Stratton

Working in Summer Heat

With summer here, employers need to make sure that their employees are taking steps to protect them from heat stress. OSHA has given some very helpful tips to help protect from heat illness. Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses; monitor yourself and coworkers. Block out direct sun or other heat sources. Use cooling fans/air-conditioning; rest regularly. Drink lots …

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

New Form I-9 Issued

The USCIS has issued a newly dated I-9 form to replace the one that expired on 6/80/08. Go to http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-9.pdf to get a copy of the new form. Use this form for any employees hired on or after July 1, 2008. The new form will be valid through June 30, 2009.

Written By: Jim Thibodeau

Federal Minimum Wage

Minimum Increases July 24 Federal minimum wage will increase again on July 24, 2008 to $6.55.  This is the second of the 3 step increase put in place in 2007.  July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage will increase again to $7.25. In addition employers need to check the state minimum wage and compensate employees the higher of the two …

Written By: StaffScapes