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Illinois small business employment law attorneyThey say that “time is money,” and that is true in all aspects of life. No matter whether you are discussing your personal life or your business, saving time ultimately saves you money. Especially in a business aspect, proper time management enables you to get more work accomplished efficiently, which can earn your business more money and cut down on overhead costs while ensuring that you meet the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Here are a few time management tips that will help you in both your business and your personal life:

Ditch the Smart Device

Unless your business operates directly on your smartphone, you should make it a habit to keep it out of reach, especially during business hours. Employee cell phone usage should be limited as well. Even the best worker has a hard time avoiding the temptation of checking their device at work. Remove the temptation by either requiring that cell phones be left in one’s vehicle or locker or kept turned off at work. Lead by example and follow the rule yourself to gain optimum efficiency.

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Schaumburg record keeping lawyerOwning a small business in the state of Illinois is both exciting and rewarding. Companies in Illinois have many advantages working in their favor, such as a large and diverse marketplace and a robust, skilled workforce. With these benefits comes the responsibility of maintaining a well-functioning workplace for your employees. An employer can build and sustain a better business by adopting proper record keeping practices. Without adequate data recording, vital information frequently becomes lost, resulting in errors that can impact the quality of the work environment and even result in citations and other penalties.

Why Are Records Important?

Record keeping is one of your most important duties as small business owner, regardless of what type of business you own. There are various methods for keeping track of necessary documents, ranging from file folders in a filing cabinet to an electronic or online system. You must compare all of your options and choose the one best suited for your needs.

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Schaumburg employment lawyer Illinois lawAs an employer, it is your responsibility to provide a clean and hazard-free work environment for your employees. One method that has been proven effective in reducing workplace safety concerns is ensuring that workers are not overworked. Requiring employees to work an exorbitant amount of hours without ample rest increases stress, lowers morale, and creates an environment prone to mistakes and injuries. It is in the best interest of the employee, the client, and even yourself to abide by the Illinois One Day of Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA). Doing so can also help avoid any disputes related to overtime pay.

More Than Just a Rest Day

As the name of the act implies, within a seven-day workweek, there must be one full 24-hour rest day. The term “week” refers to seven consecutive 24-hour days beginning at 12:01 AM on Sunday morning and ending at midnight the following Saturday night. The rest day should coincide with the employee’s traditional day of chosen religious worship. The legislation also requires a mandatory unpaid 20-minute meal break for every seven and a half hour shift, which must be given within the first five hours of work. If your employee is a hotel room attendant in Cook County, they receive one 30-minute meal break for a seven-hour shift in addition to two 15-minute rest breaks.

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Schaumburg wage and hour dispute attorneyWage and hour disputes remain a continuous thorn in the side of many employers. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are two methods federally approved to determine a salaried employee’s “regular rate” of overtime pay. Aside from exempt salaried employees, employers must choose to pay either a fixed or fluctuating workweek salary, with additional caveats for any hours worked over 40 hours. Employers should select their option based on the needs of the company as well as the laws in their state.

What Is the Difference?

Under the traditional fixed salary workweek method, an employee works the same amount of hours and earns the same paycheck every pay period, as well as “time-and-a-half” -- 1.5 times the normal hourly rate -- for all hours worked over 40 in the workweek. Alternatively, under the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method, an employee earns the same rate of pay regardless of hours worked.

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Schaumburg independent contractor classification lawyerIndependent contractors play an important role in many companies. Especially in smaller workplaces in an unstable economy, business owners often choose to hire an independent contractor rather than add another employee to the payroll. This decision is beneficial if appropriately implemented. However, employers should be aware of the common, costly mistakes that can occur in these situations.

Why Hire an Independent Contractor

As a business owner, think about how long it took you to put your team together. The hiring process alone takes an ample amount of time to narrow down the candidates, ensuring you have the right one for your position. Then, consider the days, weeks, or even months of onboard training needed to prepare that employee to be useful in their job. However, that employee may not remain with the company for the hoped duration. Perhaps there is conflict in the workplace, they find another job, or some personal family struggle requires them to step away from their position.

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