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my full time guy gets $12 an hour. i figure between wc, payroll service, matching taxes, etc etc, he costs us around $15 an hour. he's well worth it. but it's gonna cost us more soon enough. i want to make it a worthwhile position for my employees so they stick around for many years. i plan to add a week of paid vacation, and a couple paid sick/personal days. when i worked at the printers, we were encouraged to take our vacation/personal time during the slow season. this was not popular amoung the employees. in our line of work, we have about a 9 month work season, how would i encourage the employees to take vacation time? during the off season? during july/aug when things are hot and not growing? do any of you give vacation/personal time, and how do you go about scheduling this?
 

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When to take vacation? simple Between this date(11/1) and this date (3/1), it a weeks paid vacation, any other time it's on there dime. And as for the real cost of employees keep going...and don't forget additional wear on truck & equipment. I lost it last week on my main guy, he was throwing brush over the side of my 2004 truck & scratched pretty good (just clear coat). His response was to buy older trucks, my response was if you want reliable trucks with AC put the tailgate down.
 

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wrestlingcoach said:
Don't forget liability insurance goes up with employees also
What I was about to say.
 

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And once they leave that go and try to collect on you as well I hate employees and I get to slam two more this month of course one of the claims is left over from Jan !?!?!!? Takes for ever to resolve this crap and the funny part both these clowns quit on their own one May 04 the other May 05 so how do they get the balls to think I owe them a vacation when they can not even last to fall.

The new one parked the mower on the lawn and ran away you walked off now I read his statement it says I GOT FIRED no you quit.
 

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you have to also figure in fuel vehicle expenses, non billable time, your billing time, fuel, etc......

i'll bet that your overhead adds more than $3.00/hr to thier pay.
 

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Mike Fronczak said:
When to take vacation? simple Between this date(11/1) and this date (3/1), it a weeks paid vacation, any other time it's on there dime. And as for the real cost of employees keep going...and don't forget additional wear on truck & equipment. I lost it last week on my main guy, he was throwing brush over the side of my 2004 truck & scratched pretty good (just clear coat). His response was to buy older trucks, my response was if you want reliable trucks with AC put the tailgate down.
I stopped this behaver by raising the sides of the trucks.
John
 

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Bobby,

If it only costs you an extra 3 bucks for an employee my hat is off to you. By the time we get done matching Social Insecurity, unemployment, insurance, etc. it almost doubles what we are paying them. Our entry level starting wage is $8.00 for the first 60 days with a raise after that of a buck. There is a full benefit package after 120 days. At one year they get another raise.

Down here the entry level normal starting wage is $6.50 to $7.00 per hour for experienced labors.
 

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I have not implemented a paid vacatio time yet. But when I do It will be over the two weeks we are closed over the Chistmas/New Years holiday or one of our off weeks in the winter time. Once I get some more employees then I might be more flexible. But paid vacation is subject to black out periods. Just be happy you have it in this industry.
 

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Bobby - We salary our FT employees. It is much easier to budget payroll each week and if they are sick......paid sick day! If they want off for a few days......paid vacation. We have a range of hours that they must meet to qualify for salary. Under 24 hrs in a work week we pay them hourly at a predetermined rate. If they have 40 or more hours between M-F and they work 6 hours or more on Sat. We pay a $125 premium. It is a very fair plan and it helps us w/ budgeting. Our guys love it because they know they have a steady paycheck every week. And lets face it.....They rarely work less than 40 hours a week. payup

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Bobby - We salary our FT employees. It is much easier to budget payroll each week and if they are sick......paid sick day! If they want off for a few days......paid vacation. We have a range of hours that they must meet to qualify for salary. Under 24 hrs in a work week we pay them hourly at a predetermined rate. If they have 40 or more hours between M-F and they work 6 hours or more on Sat. We pay a $125 premium. It is a very fair plan and it helps us w/ budgeting. Our guys love it because they know they have a steady paycheck every week. And lets face it.....They rarely work less than 40 hours a week. payup

Chris
that's illegal

to pay salary they MUST SUPERVISE at least 3 or more people and now there are minimum per week wages......
 

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A rough guide I use is 1.5 times his hourly wage, this if for casual employees not full time people. When all costed out this comes out very close. So if he is on $15.00 an hour the total cost is $22.50. This is based on Australia circumstances
 
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