McDonald’s is raising the hourly wages for its U.S. company-owned restaurants by an average of 10%. Questions: With this new raise at company-owned restaurants, how many workers does McDonald’s purpose to hire? With respect to the restaurant business, in general, why is McDonald’s doing this? What other fast-food restaurant, mentioned in the article and video,… Read more »
Posts Tagged: employee benefits
No more nicotine
According to the Washington Post, U-Haul will no longer hire nicotine users in 21 states as of Feb. 1. Questions: Why are they applying this policy in only 21 states? How many employees does U-Haul employ across the United States and Canada? What will U-Haul require of new hires regarding the new nicotine-free policy? Besides… Read more »
Work four and paid for five
According to the Guardian, the New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success. Questions: 1. What has the company seen to support its claim of success? 2. What does New Zealand’s workplace relations minister say about the results? 3. How many employees participated in the… Read more »
Time for PAWternity leave
Raising a puppy can be hard work. It turns out that some companies sympathise with this transition and now offer what’s known as “pawternity leave.” In fact, research from Petplan found that 5% of owners have been offered paid leave from their job to adjust to their pet owning duties. Questions: 1. How much time… Read more »
Rise up and REBEL!
According to the New York Times, after many employee complaints, United Airlines said it was “pressing the pause button” on a plan to replace its modest monthly bonuses with a lottery system that would have offered large rewards to a few workers at random. Questions: Why were the employees furious and what did they do… Read more »
Not a good financial plan!
Even though Wall Street and the financial press have been harping for decades on the retirement savings crisis, this article provides some additional perspectives. Questions: 1. According to the Manpower Group, what percentage of millennials plan to work until they die (as their solution to retirement)? 2. Why do so many millennials have such a… Read more »
Amazon and the 30 hour work week
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. online retailer, Amazon, will try out teams that log 30-hour work weeks. But here is the catch: employees will receive the same benefits as those putting in 40-hour weeks, but get three-quarters of the pay. Questions: 1. Will this change be company-wide? 2. Last year the New York… Read more »
The new trend in non-compete clauses
If you are a chief executive of a large company, you very likely have a non-compete clause in your contract and also understand the importance of this clause in preventing you from jumping ship to a competitor until some period has elapsed. However, according to the New York Times, non-compete clauses are popping up in… Read more »
Impending Huge Penalties!
The Kansas Supreme Court found that FedEx drivers were illegally misclassified as independent contractors from the late 1990s through 2011, despite being treated as employees. According to Alan Pyke, FedEx set contract agreements with delivery and pickup drivers in order to avoid the higher costs associated with making the drivers full employees. Questions: 1. What… Read more »
Think before you Speak
AOL recently altered its 401(k) program, by switching matching payments to one lump sum at year-end instead of throughout the year. The change was implemented, according to CEO, Tim Armstrong, because of soaring medical costs that arose in part from two families with “distressed babies.” Questions: 1. What is a 401(k)? 2. What was Armstrong’s… Read more »