The Christmas season is filled with opportunities to give back to the local community. The Trojan Labor offices in Charleston and North Charleston recently donated car seats for Giving Back Tuesdays and Charleston Halos. These car seats will protect a few of the smallest members of the Charleston community. All of us here at Trojan Labor are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to give back to the communities that we are a part of.
The threshold for overtime pay will increase to $47,500.00 on December 1st. Currently, an employee making a salary of at least $23,660.00 can be classified as “exempt” and businesses do not have to pay them overtime.
Non exempt employees are required to receive time and a half pay for every hour they work over 40 hours in one week. The Fair Labor Standards Act salary threshold increase will make many more employees that are currently exempt eligible for overtime unless their employers raise their salaries to the new threshold or above.
Companies will need to prepare for this law by anticipating higher payroll costs from overtime pay, increase employee salaries, or make other adjustments to compensate.
Trojan Labor in Denver, CO is a proud supporter of the “Shop with a Cop” event that is held by the Aurora Police Association. The annual program gives underprivileged kids in the Aurora area a chance to receive Christmas gifts, coats, and snow boots. Each child is given a $200 dollar gift certificate to buy their Christmas gifts while accompanied by a police officer from the Aurora Police Department. The Trojan Labor offices in Colorado are pleased to be able to support such a worthy cause. Every child deserves to have a wonderful Christmas and our hope is that the Shop with a Cop event allows that to happen in the Denver community.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total non farm employment increased by 151,000 in 2015.
The number of people who are unemployed was relatively unchanged and the unemployment rate has been at 4.9% for the last three months. Over the last year, food and beverage positions have added 312,000 jobs. Jobs in construction, manufacturing, warehousing, etc have not changed a significant amount.
In 2007, the Higher Quest Foundation (sponsored by Trojan Labor and Acrux Staffing) completed their first fish farm project. The fish farm was built at Ban Meat Children’s village in Petchabun, Thailand. The children’s village is home to over 90 children and a school that feeds all of it’s students (who are children from the local community) a free lunch each day.
The farm was a huge success. This past year they harvested thousands of kilos of fish that will provide the children and orphanage staff with delicious, protein filled meals.
The foundation’s first farm set the foundation for all of the projects after it. With each successful farm, the foundation is one step closer to it’s goal of ending global hunger in a sustainable way.
To learn more about the Higher Quest Foundation, visit hqfoundation.org
Zika has been a top story in the news for several months now. Carried by Mosquitos, the virus typically has mild symptoms for those infected, but can cause devastating birth defects in unborn children. In areas where Zika is spreading, outdoor workers can be especially vulnerable to acquiring the infection. Preventing Zika exposure is similar to preventing other mosquito borne illnesses. According to OSHA, here are some ways for outdoor workers to prevent Zika infection:
- Use mosquito repellent when outdoors, especially one containing DEET
- Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so removing sources of stagnant water can reduce the numbers of mosquitoes which can in turn lower chances of infection
- When working outside, wear long sleeve shirts and pants
According to the CDC, many people infected with Zika will not have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms which include a fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache. However, because of the devastating effects on unborn babies, it is very important to minimize the spread of Zika virus.
Football season is back which means it is time again for the Trojan Labor/Acrux Staffing Survivor Fantasy Football League. 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 5 minutes before the first game of the week. 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.
First prize is three nights in one of our fabulous vacation retreats in either Beaver Creek, Colorado or Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Second prize is a $100 gift card and third prize is a $50 dollar gift card. To see pictures of the vacation properties CLICK HERE
To sign up, please contact your local Trojan Labor or Acrux Staffing office or sales representative. Deadline to register is September 7th.
This contest is for customers only
Generally, an exempt “salaried employee,” one that meets the salary exemption and the “duties” test under the Fair Labor Standards Act, must receive full compensation for a week without regard to the number of days or hours worked in that week as long as they work at least some hours that week.