California labor laws are a little different from federal labor laws. For example, California has daily overtime laws in addition to weekly overtime. So even if employees’ weekly hours don’t exceed 40, they will get overtime pay after 8 hours of work in a single day. This law protects employees from overwork. This is an important protection, but sometimes working longer daily shifts is just convenient. Some employees prefer working four 10 hour shifts, for example, instead of five 8 hour shifts.
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Everyone knows employees need to track time so they can be paid accurately, but freelancers and entrepreneurs may not realize that they should be tracking their time too. Time is an entrepreneur’s most valuable resource and so it’s important to allocate it wisely. Time tracking can help entrepreneurs and freelancers do just that.
Making a payroll mistake could mean getting reported to the Department of Labor. It could mean that you’ll get sued, fined, ordered to pay back wages, and forever fear the DOL. It’ll be an ugly mess over an honest mistake, right?
Well, not necessarily. If employers honestly try to follow the rules and don’t deliberately try to reduce overtime, the DOL may be lenient with a payroll mistake. At least that’s how it has appeared in a recent case.
Contributed by Dennis Hung
All employers want to have a good rapport with their employees. In order to achieve that, there needs to be respect. Respecting employees’ time is a key part of this as time is a valuable commodity at work. By respecting employees’ time, you help them work more efficiently, and you show them that you value the effort they put into their work. Here are eight ways to respect your employees’ time and help them work more efficiently.
Contributed by Ashley Lipman
Content marketing is an important focus for modern businesses. Effective content can drive traffic and create conversions from relevant leads. As such, it’s no wonder that a significant portion of a startup’s marketing budget is allocated to content marketing.
While generally not as expensive as advertising, spending still needs to be monitored. Here are some ways to keep track of content marketing expenses, set metrics, and measure KPIs.
Contributed by Daniela McVicker
The difference between an entrepreneur who succeeds and one who doesn’t is often in the planning process. To get your startup off to a good start, you should create a step by step business plan. Think of a business plan as a road map. This road map will help you maintain your focus as you work as well as prove to investors that your business is a great idea.
There are plenty of templates which outline the most common business plan steps but, unfortunately, these don’t take your unique needs into consideration. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to preparing a great business plan. Use the following seven steps as the framework for your business plan.
Contributed by Dennis Hung
Sometimes, through no fault of the employee, employers need to transition employees out of their company. Downsizing, bankruptcies, mergers, or buyouts can result in large scale employee exit. Employers should try and help these employees deal with the anxiety and other challenges brought on by the layoff because your company’s reputation depends on it. Employers who don’t support the needs of their exiting employees run the risk of getting bad reviews and bad press.