Opening Soon!

It is officially spring! Springtime is a season of new life and of growth. In the spirit of the season, Acrux Staffing is very pleased to announce two new offices. Appleton, which opened on February 20th, and Kansas City which will be opening soon (date to be announced).

We know that opening in these new communities will allow us to continue to provide excellent customer service to our clients. Be sure to be on the lookout for more information on these new offices which will be announced on this blog as well as on the official Acrux Staffing Facebook page. 

Getting Hired in the Age of Social Media

Before social media, employers could only rely on resumes and references to learn about their potential candidates and future employees. Social media has changed this. It is estimated that as of 2016, 1.96 billion people used some form of social media. While social media has been a wonderful advancement in communication, it is also an area for job seekers to exercise caution with.  If you are a job hunter, here are some tips to make sure your social media presence helps your search for employment, not hurt it.

  1. Your Profile Picture: A professional head shot is not necessary, but you should try to have a reasonable looking profile picture that does not include any profane gestures or symbols (or anything else that could be offensive to a potential employers)
  2. Your Content: Be sure to watch what you say on social media. Although it is great for speak with family and friends, avoid bad talking any current or past employers and excessive foul language or obscenity. This should also include being cautious about what pictures you share.
  3.  Your Friends: There is always a chance that a future employer is a mutual friend and could see something that you share or post.

Social media is a fantastic tool for communication, and if used correctly can be a great way to connect with potential employers.

Overtime Law Blocked

A federal judge in Texas has blocked the overtime rule that would have made up to 4 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The rule would have taken effect on December 1st and would have raised the threshold for “exempt” employees to $47,500. The threshold is currently $23,660.

The law could possible still take effect at some point in the future, but for now employers do not need to make any changes.

Smartphones and Overtime Pay

      Smartphones have been a great boon for employers who like to be able to stay connected to their employees even during non-traditional work hours. As phones have become more sophisticated, it has become more normal for employees to check email from home or trade texts with employers or customers.  This accessibility arguably means employees are more productive, or at least reachable during the occasional emergency situation.

      But did you know that an employee going through work email at home or performing job duties, even when away from the office is working and needs to be compensated for their time?  That’s right.  Employees must be compensated for work they do, even if it is from home on a Friday night.  And the onus is on the employer to track and account for those hours and ensure employees are paid properly. An understanding of the rules has become even more important since the new Department of Labor FLSA rules will qualify an additional 4.2 million employees for overtime eligibility.
     So now, more than ever, it is vital for employers to revisit their policies on smartphones and answering emails after work hours.  Remember that violations of the FLSA can carry double damages and payment of the employee’s attorneys fees!

The Higher Quest Foundation: Honduras

Acrux Staffing sponsors the Higher Quest Foundation. The Higher Quest Foundation is dedicated to ending global hunger in a sustainable way through the building an operating of fish farms. One of the Higher Quest Foundation’s more recent projects is in El Jute, Honduras.

The farm is a partnership project between the Higher Quest Foundation and Global Brigades (www.globalbrigades.org) The farm is fully up and running and they expect to harvest their first crop of fish in late summer. We are looking forward to seeing this farm become a sustainable source of protein for the local community.

 

 

In Memorium: Alan Shubert

Alan Shubert, one of the original founders of Labor World, has passed away. Alan opened Labor World with his brother Larry and Lou Morelli  in 1974.

Many of the franchisees of Trojan Labor and Acrux Staffing started their careers at Labor World including Rick Hermanns, Dan McAnnar, Keith and Essee Hebert, Dale and Scott LaPorte, Larry and Bonny Levoy, and Brad and Amy Freeland. Alan Shubert celebrated 50 years in the staffing industry in 2015. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The 2016 American Hero Awards Are Approaching

The 2016 American Hero Awards are quickly approaching. The American Hero Awards are an annual event sponsored by Trojan Labor, Acrux Staffing, and the Higher Quest Foundation honoring two American service members for meritorious actions while defending our country.tempstaffinghero7

The ceremony is held on the decks of the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Each year we are honored to have wonderful guest speakers including U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Major General James Livingston (retired) and members of local government.

This year the Ultimate Hero Award recipient will be Sgt. Randy Matheny and the American Hero Award recipient will be Major Matthew Kaplan. Both of these men are true American Heroes.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as the event approaches to learn more about this year’s recipients.

Top Franchise in the Country!

Acrux Staffing Services of Augusta was awarded the top franchise in the country for 2015 at the 2015 Franchise Owners Conference held in Cancun Mexico on February 13, 2016. “All of our accomplishments are the result of the hard work of several individuals. Many thanks to our temporary workforce, our customers and our core staff all of which are awesome and without all the efforts of either group, our accomplishments would not be possible.

Thank You,

Dale and Scott LaPorte; Co-Owners

Preparing for Flu Season in the Workplace

With fall chills comes Influenza (flu) season. According to the CDC,  flu season is in fall in winter and can peak anywhere from November to March.

The flu is much more severe than the common cold and can cause a high fever, cough, body aches, chills, and extreme fatigue. The flu can also lead to complications like pneumonia, especially in the very young, elderly, pregnant women, immune compromised, and people with other chronic diseases

According to OSHA, you should stay home from work (or keep kids out of school) if you have a fever and other respiratory symptoms. A fever is 100.00 Fahrenheit or higher. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after symptoms ends.

According to OSHA and the CDC, since the flu can spread easily, you should take these steps to protect yourself and your coworkers:

1. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose

2. Cover all coughs and sneezes into your elbow (not your hand).

3. Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water.

4. Frequently disinfect common office surfaces such as: kitchen appliances, printer buttons, phones, keyboards, and door handles.

5. Avoid using coworkers phones, keyboards, or other equipment.

6. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and get the seasonal flu vaccine.

To learn more, please contact  your doctor or visit the CDC’s website.

Uber Ruling Could Have Broad Implications

The ride sharing company Uber faces a challenge to their business model.

Uber claims that they are not a traditional taxi company with a team of drivers. They claim to be a technology company. Uber alleges that their role is to connect people who need rides, with drivers.

Uber drivers are currently classified as independent contractors. However, now6290725551_5fa53cca72_b some of them are challenging that designation.

This is coming at a time where there is increased discussion nationwide about the role of independent contractors. An increasingly common concern is that many people who are classified as independent contractors, should actually be considered employees. An employee has more rights than an independent contractor.

A judge in California has allowed the Uber drivers class action status in a lawsuit against the company. The drivers in this case believe that they should be classified as employees. The argument is that Uber exerts are a large amount of control over it’s driver’s that goes beyond the control you have over an independent contractor.

If the drivers are successful, Uber would have to offer benefits like health insurance and workers compensation. They would also have to compensate their driver’s for work expenses like car repairs.

With an increasing number of “sharing” companies that operate with a model similar to Uber, the results of this case may have very broad implications.

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