HVACR Business

JUL 2017

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7 HVACR BUSINESS JULY 2017 www. hvacrbusiness .com out he was supposed to have been paid for the meeting time, he informed them he wasn't paid. e Department of Labor investigated. ey looked at all of the time sheets for the past three years (the law in Georgia). Sure enough — technicians were required to be at the meeting but were not paid for it. Each technician got 156 hours of back pay, plus interest (52 hours per year for 3 years). On top of the technician payments, the Department of Labor levied a $35,000 fine. If you think you don't have to pay for meeting time, here is the rule, directly from the Department of Labor. I don't know any contractor meeting that doesn't apply (see bullet No. 3). Lectures, Meetings and Training Programs Section 785.27 – General Attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs and similar activities need not be counted as working time if the following four criteria are met: • Attendance is outside of the employ- ee's regular working hours; • Attendance is in fact voluntary; • e course, lecture or meeting is not directly related to the employee's job; and • e employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance. Section 785.28 – Involuntary Attendance Attendance is not voluntary, of course, if it is required by the employer. It is not voluntary in fact if the employee is given to understand or led to believe that his present working conditions or the continuance of his employment would be adversely affected by non-attendance. e days of letting employees come in early or stay late are over. e days of em- ployees not getting paid for meeting or go- ing to training on their own time are over. Just one disgruntled employee can cost you thousands of dollars in profit, or put your company out of business. Make sure you stay abreast of the law. You will have non-productive employees who you will fire. ey are costing your company money. You give them a verbal warning, a written warning and still no improvement. ere should be no surprise to them when they are fired. Yet, these fired employees take no re- sponsibility for their actions. ey want revenge because you disrupted their ability to put food on their tables and keep a roof over their heads. ese disgruntled employees will try to find everything they can to get back at your company (and these were just two re- cent examples I encountered). u Ruth King is president of HVAC Channel TV and holds a Class II (unrestricted) contractors license in Georgia. She has more than 25 years of experience helping contractors, distributors and manufacturers grow their companies. Contact her at ruthking@hvacchannel.tv. September 7–8, 2017 Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas www.ServiceWorldExpo.com Speakers Include: JR Martinez, Ryan Estis, Daniel Lemin, Traci Brown, Mike Agugliaro, Frank Besednjak, Jacki Bradbury-Guerrero, Nathan Broughton, Travis Carter, Kenny Chapman, Joe Cunningham, Allan Ferguson, Charlie Greer, Tab Hunter, Matt Jones, Kirk King, Ruth King, Vicki La Plant, Bill Ligon, Ryan and Angie Snow, Michael Souders, Dave Squires, Frank Taciak, and Adam Thompson! JR Martinez Plugging into Your Superpowers Ryan Estis Unleash Your Inner Superhero Daniel Lemin Chatternomics: Fire Up Your Fans and Catapult Your Business Traci Brown Liar Liar Pants on Fire SAVE $10! USE PROMO CODE PROMO10 ©2017 Service World Expo

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