What about hourly employees in dead of winter?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Ijustwantausername, Aug 16, 2017.

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  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I pay my guys salary as it offsets itself in the winter when we slow down and all accounts go to bi-weekly. I have lots of folks wanting hourly but I can't for the life of me show them that it's really not beneficial to go that way in a primarily seasonal region. I also do not want them to be surprised and look for other jobs in the winter when work slows if they get paid hourly.

    Is there a better way? Should I just go with the hourly and see what happens in the winter?
     
  2. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you really want to hire them, have you tried negotiating? Offering hourly for a set period with the understanding that if they want to stick around, it's a salary position?
     
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  3. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So you bank their overtime and pay it back it the winter? That's a big no no!
     
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    BigJlittleC LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea
    I'm not fully understanding what we're takkkng about here.
     
  6. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's only a no no if it violates the min wage law. If their salary doesn't at anytime violate min wage + OT for hours worked it's legal.
     
  7. grass man 11

    grass man 11 LawnSite Member
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    It is a big no no, can't bank hours for hourly employees.
     
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  8. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Negative, that's not what I'm asking
     
  9. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You do know they use your standard rate to come up with the ot pay.

    The FLSA formula for determining the regular rate is to divide the total amount of straight time compensation received by the employee "for work" by the number of hours that compensation was intended to pay for.

    So if you pay your guy $400 to work 40 hours every week. The week he works 55 hours you owe him $225 on his check in ot.
     
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  10. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What are you asking?

    You cannot because it's not beneficial to them.

    Why do you think all the big unions pay rates are hourly?
     
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