On April 10, 2013, I appeared on the PSLaborTalk podcast discussing the “Two-Front War: Micro-Unions & Corporate Campaigns.” PSLaborTalk is produced by PSLC, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants, based out of Detroit.
We discussed union corporate campaigns and micro-unions. Both topics include novel union organizing tactics that specialize in comprehensive & clandestine bargaining unit certification. This episode provides valuable insight into the less-discussed strategies employed by union organizers, as well as predictions on how these trends will develop.
I appeared with Ricardo Torres, President and CEO & Bob Carroll, Executive Vice President, both with PSLC, moderator James Bishop, & guest, Clifford Hammond. Clifford is a former SEIU attorney who has switched sides and is currently working as a prominent management-side labor and employment attorney with Nemeth Burwell out of Detroit.
Here’s the MP3 podcast. It’s also available here on PSLC’s website & broken down by show segments.
On Thursday, April 25, from 10 AM – 12 PM, I’ll be presenting “The Cost of Labor & Employment Law & HR for Small or Developing Businesses.” In this workshop, learn how much misunderstanding or mishandling labor and employment law & human resources related matters can cost your small or developing business.
This is part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week from 4/20 – 4/27. My presentation will be held at the Illinois Small Business Development Center/Duman Entrepreneurship Center of JVS (Jewish Vocational Services) Chicago, 216 W Jackson, Chicago, 2nd Floor Training Room. This is free to attend.
Registration is via the Center’s Director Steve Bob; SteveBob@jvschicago.org; 312-673-3429 or here.
On April 3rd, from 3 PM – 4 PM, I’ll be part of the panel presentation “So, You’re Hiring Your First Full Time Employee?” It’s sponsored by West Legal EdCenter, Financial Poise & the Small Business Advocacy Council. This is a webinar. Continuing legal education & other CE credits are available with this presentation.
* Robert Khedouri, Entrepreneur and Private Investor
* Charles Krugel, Human Resources Attorney and Counselor
* Rich Radice, Treehouse Consulting
Working on a start-up alone or with a few partners is complicated enough; hiring its first employees introduces a host of brand new issues. This panel discusses issues relating to recruiting, hiring, training, managing, and retaining a company’s first employees.
Click here to register for the webinar.
About Small Business Advocacy Council:
The Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) is a non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business.
About West Legal EdCenter:
The cost-effective source for online and in-person legal training and CLE, West LegalEdcenter keeps attorneys up-to-date on the law and compliant with state requirements. Taught by the most prestigious names in the legal field, West LegalEdcenter covers both the core substance of law as well as hot topics in every practice area.
About Financial Poise:
Financial Poise, a division of DailyDAC, LLC, produces educational webinars for three core audiences: business owners and C-level executives, accredited investors, and their respective attorneys and other trusted advisors. Each webinar is developed and executed exclusively by professionals who are top performers in their respective fields of expertise.
On March 13, 2013, I did my 6th interview on the Recruiting Animal’s Blog Talk Radio show. I’ve been appearing on his show since way back in 2008. This time around we talked about whether or not LinkedIn intentionally or unintentionally discriminates against minorities (i.e., legally protected classes). Animal has read some articles claiming that LinkedIn is discriminatory. The both of us agree that LinkedIn isn’t discriminatory & that it’s a very open & egalitarian networking forum. My segment of the show is about 10-minutes long & it’s available here.
Also, there’s 2 very interesting articles on this subject. One that’s somewhat critical of LinkeIn is here; in this article other employment attorneys are wary of using LinkedIn for recruiting & hiring employees. In this article, a non-attorney (ironically) agrees with me that LinkedIn doesn’t appear to be dominated by white males & therefore is not discriminatory.
The 2nd media story is from the NFIB, the National Federation of Independent Business, The Voice of Small Business. I’m quoted in a February 2013 article 5 Good Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs Job Descriptions. The article is also below.
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While meeting with a client regarding their company’s human capital issues, we discussed their businesses’ transition from classifying workers as 1099s to W2s. Due to confidentiality concerns, I won’t disclose much about the business, & of course, they gave me permission to post about this conversation.
A little more than a year ago, my client reclassified workers as W2s after paying them as 1099s. The basic idea of paying employees as 1099s (an oxymoron) is that the business avoids all payroll taxes & employment liability, including workers compensation & unemployment benefits. In theory, its’ supposed to lower overhead & make operations easier. A year after the change, my client believes otherwise.
According to them, because of the change, it’s never been easier to run their business. Employee morale has greatly improved–employees now feel more invested in the business’ success because they don’t have to worry about commissions; the culture has shifted from “it’s all about me and what I am going to make in commission” to more of a team based culture where everyone is working together towards a common goal, sharing in the profits; their payroll costs are fixed; employees don’t have to worry about how much their paycheck will be; they don’t have the stress of worrying about whether or not they’ve improperly classified employees or will be audited; and ultimately profits are increasing.
They also have more time to devote to improving operations & investing in their employees. Such improvements include revising job descriptions, policies, procedures & upgrading equipment.
This is a possible lesson for other businesses who believe that by classifying workers as 1099s, they’re saving themselves money, time & aggravation.
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