Lack of Sleep? Wake Up America!

I’m sure all of you have felt the effects of sleep deprivation at some point during your work day. But how widespread is lack of sleep in America?

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2016 FLSA Changes: Are You Prepared?

On May 18, 2016 President Obama and Secretary Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the current overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to approximately 4 million workers. While many employers had awaited this final ruling after President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum back in 2014 directing the DOL to update the existing regulations, many are still scrambling to make sense of what the final rule means for their employees and their business.

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The key provisions of the final rule are as follows:

  • Determines the standard salary level at the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time salaried workers in the lowest-wage Census Region at $913 per week or $47,476 annually for an employee who works all year.
  • Sets the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (referred to as HCE) subject to a minimal duties test and to the annual equivalent of the 90th percentile of full time salaried workers nationally at $134,004.
  • Establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation levels every 3 years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles and to ensure that they continue to provide useful and effective tests for exemption.

The final rule also amends the salary basis test to allow employers to use discretionary bonuses and incentives to satisfy up to 10 percent of the new standard salary level. These changes take effect on December 1, 2016, leaving many employers to make determinations on how to handle their current staff who may be effected by the changes in standard salary level which previously was set at $23,660 annually.

Employers are building plans to accommodate the potential increases in overtime costs and base salaries, the re-classification of employees, changes in timekeeping, and any additional business ramifications. If you have not addressed these changes for your organization, The Department of Labor offers additional information at www.wagehour.dol.gov or by calling 1-866-4-USWAGE.

Are you a stand out professional, technical professional, driver, or skilled worker seeking contingent, temporary, or long term career opportunities?  Visit our job board  for more information!  Want to learn more about how you can gain access to Trillium’s national network of professionals and skilled workers? Contact us today!

Trillium, a national leader in staffing and recruitment is a valued staffing partner to over 22,000 companies nationwide. Trillium is privately owned by Oskar René Poch.

 

 

Trillium Kicks Off Annual Community Involvement Event

Trillium is excited to kick off their third annual Trillium Takes on the Town community involvement event! Each October, our branches take on the challenge of supporting their communities by contributing to a cause that is important to their local staff. We’re excited to see their accomplishments this year!

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To view last year’s results, please click here.

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Disaster Management for the Workplace

As Hurricane Matthew gains in strength, the Southeastern portion of the country is in crisis mode. While state and local authorities are busy issuing evacuation orders, employers should be activating their own response efforts. Employers must juggle everything from employee safety to client relations and data recovery. While most employers in the affected areas are experienced in handling natural disasters, many still do not have formal procedures for handling such events.

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Dealing With Death In The Workplace

One of the more difficult issues you may face as a manager or employee is the loss of a co-worker. While these occurrences may seem rare and there is little training on the topic, a 2003 report by The Grief Recovery Institute found that deaths of co-workers, friends, and extended family members cost U.S. businesses $7 billion annually in loss productivity.

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9 out of 10 Staffing Employees Are Satisfied With Their Employer

Considering a position through a staffing firm may be intimidating if you have never partnered with one before. What were some times formerly referred to as “temps”, used to be seen as beneath direct employees of a company. With the huge surge in staffing and contract work, the tables have significantly turned.

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Trillium Recognized for Growth and Excellence In 2016!

René Poch founder and CEO of Trillium Staffing, recently announced that Trillium had recently been recognized for several new accomplishments in 2016. Those recognitions included:

  • 2016 Best Construction & Engineering Recruitment Firm 2016 by Corporate Vision
  • 2016 24th Largest Industrial Staffing Firm in the United States by Staffing Industry Analysts
  • 2016 60th Largest Staffing Firm in the United States by Staffing Industry Analysts

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Recruiting Challenges Hindering the Growth of Small Business in the U.S.

While the economy is remaining strong, many small businesses in the United States are still struggling to grow their business. One of the biggest challenges facing business leaders today, is recruiting qualified candidates.

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In a recent survey conducted by Indeed with small businesses, 97% of respondents reported difficulty in hiring the right candidate at least occasionally. While even the nation’s largest employers are fighting to attract top talent, small businesses experience a different set of challenges that can increase the difficulty in recruiting, even for lesser skilled positions. A few of their challenges include:

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Banning The Box? What’s The Big Deal?

Recently, counties across the country have begun rallying around a new initiative called “Banning the Box.” But what could this mean for your company or you as a job seeker? Let’s start with what does “Banning the Box” actually mean? Simply put, “Banning the Box” means removing the check box on an employment application that asks whether or not a candidate has been previously arrested or convicted of a crime.

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Recruiters, Your New Best Friend

Do you seem to be receiving calls from Recruiters at the most inopportune moments throughout your busy day? Do you ever wonder why they keep calling?

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