We’re in Texas!

Everyone here at Trojan Labor is very excited about the opening of our newest branch: Trojan Labor Dallas.

This is our first branch to open in Texas. We are looking forward to seeing everything that this new location will bring and the new people we will be able to serve.

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Trojan Labor Dallas office

 

Welcome Trojan Labor Dallas!

Higher Quest Foundation Unveils New Logo

As many of you may already know, as part of Trojan Labor’s dedication to community service we sponsor the Higher Quest Foundation. The primary mission of the Higher Quest Foundation is to educate and equip people on the building and operating of fish farms. Yesterday, they officially unveiled their new logo and here it is:

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Higher Quest Foundation Logo Sponsored by Trojan Labor

 

 

The logo is a small part of a whole look design that in the coming months will include a newly revamped website. Along with the new logo, they also published a brand new video which can be seen at this link.

The Higher Quest foundation believes that fish farming is a sustainable way to help end global hunger. To learn more, visit them on Facebook, or at hqfoundation.org.

New Wage and Income Statistics in America

Two sets of statistics were released this past week.  The first, as reported in the Wall Street Journal on September 19, stated that personal income rose 0.6% in 2013.  It was the first time in six years that incomes rose.

Overall, incomes are still down 8% since 2007.  This would go a long way in explaining why many Americans are nervous about our economy:  their own incomes are way less than what they were 6 years ago.

Of course, this statistic is a bit misleading in and of itself.  That is, personal income figures exclude government benefits.  With SNAP and SSDI at all-time record levels, it is reasonable to assume that the amount of money in people’s pockets has not decreased quite as much as advertised.

The second set of statistics is marriage rates.  The marriage rate in 2012 was only 50.5% compared to 72.2% in 1960.  The family structure in America is rapidly changing.

On average, it is not difficult to assume that two wage earners will find it easier to garner more income than a single earner.  How much this affects the personal income decline is in dispute.

 

Written by Trojan Labor CEO Rick Hermanns

Great Insurance If you Get Hit by a Bus? Maybe Not.

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A major new trend is developing in the months leading up to the employer mandate imposition on January 1, 2015.  The Affordable Care Act, which enumerates numerous requirements for the insurance policies you can and cannot buy, contains what many consider to be a major loophole.

To wit, some employers will be able to offer coverage to their employees that complies with the mandate yet EXCLUDES hospitalization.  Several months ago, HHS Secretary Sebellius fumed about high deductible plans that were great “if you get run over by a bus.”

It appears now that the policies many people will be offered won’t cover that.

Written by Trojan Labor CEO Rick Hermanns

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Top 5 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid While Looking for a Job

Social media is the future of job hunting. Whether candidates use it to find potential employers and apply for jobs or hiring managers use it to find out more about potential employees, social media is here to stay. According to US News, “The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 survey, Social Networking Websites and Recruiting/Selection, found 77 percent of organizations use social networking sites to recruit potential job candidates.” Here are some mistakes you should avoid on social media while searching for a job.

 

1. Having your profile on private

While it may seem like having all of your social networks on complete private might be a good way to make sure a recruiter does not see

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Social Media Plays a Huge Role in Our Everyday Lives

something you don’t want them to, this is not necessarily a good idea. Hiding your profile may make the recruiter think that you have something to hide. Having polished and neat social media pages is a good way to show a potential employer who you are and if you are a good fit for their company.

 

2. Talking negatively about your current or past employers

Even if you are not saying anything bad about the companies you are trying to get a job at, if a potential employer looks at your profile and sees that you speak negatively about your current employers or bosses it may strongly hurt your chances of getting hired.

 

3. Posting Inappropriate Pictures

Social media is forever. Remember that the things that you post can never truly be removed.

 

4. Not liking potential employer’s brand pages

Liking a company’s page is a good way to show that you are interested and involved.

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potential jobs can be found on social media, searching newspapers is no long necessary

 

5. Not keeping your profiles up to date

When you are busy hunting for a job, you want your social media profiles to reflect your current qualifications. If you are a recent college grad, you do not want your “about me” on Facebook to still say you are a high school senior or college freshman. On LinkedIn, you want to try to make sure that you list all of your current certifications and work experience.

 

 

 

 

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Implications of the Employer Mandate

 

By now, most people are aware of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare

Many Americans are concerned about the individual mandate which requires people to purchase health insurance or else they face a penalty.

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However, another aspect of the ACA that is causing problems is the employer mandate.

The employer mandate requires employers to offer health coverage to their employees if they have more than 50 full time employees.

The employer mandate was supposed to have gone into effect in December of 2013 but it has been postponed.

In a job market that is already competitive, the employer mandate increases the costs of hiring even more. It also encourages business to give people less hours.

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Under the law, a worker is considered full time if they work 30 hours or more.

In fact, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia reported last week that nearly 19% of businesses in its region were reducing their workforce due to the impending employer mandates related to the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, 18% of these employers increased their reliance on part-time workers.

This is consistent with what one would expect to happen with the imposition of this added cost of employing a person

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Join us for a Survivor Football League!

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Join Trojan Labor in their Survivor Football League! 

Do you have what it takes to survive? You will never know until you try!

Each week players log in and select a team to win that week.  If your team wins you continue on the next week, but if your team loses you are eliminated from the league.  Each player can only pick a specific team once.  The last person in the league is the winner. The prize is a weekend stay at our Orlando Condo (some black out dates may apply). 

To sign up, contact your local Trojan Labor branch or sales representative for more info!

 

How it Works:

Each week the Players that remain will log into our Survivor Fantasy football League site and select a team that they have not previously chosen to win in their game that week.  Deadline to log in each week is Sunday at 10:00am for the next week’s games.

If the team you chose for that week wins you continue on to the next week, but if the team you chose that week loses their game you are eliminated from the league.  Each player can only pick one team each week and cannot pick the same team more than once.  The last person in the league is the winner.