Entries by Bruce Johanson

What is your organization’s minimum wage figure?

With the new Biden Administration, there is a renewed effort to increase the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15.00 per hour for all non-exempt hourly employees. Depending on what state your organization operates in, the state minimum may be lower or higher than the Federal minimum. In Georgia and Wyoming, employers can […]

Closing Out 2020 and On To 2021

If you are reading this, 2020 is over and we are into the first week of 2021. As we reflect on 2020, we believe that most everybody is glad the year is over and ready to see how 2021 shapes up. Though 2020 has been a crazy year, we have appreciated the opportunity to assist […]

Exercising the Salary Ranges

Blair and I have noticed that some of our clients are not adjusting their salary ranges and this is creating some internal problems which could be avoided.  When organizations don’t adjust their salary ranges or salary steps, then department managers start getting creative with modifying job descriptions and job values with the desire to obtain […]

2021 Projected Health Plan Costs

A few weeks ago Stephen Miller, CEBS, wrote an excellent SHRM article on projected health plan costs for 2021.  Mr. Miller referenced a new survey conducted a few months ago by the nonprofit Business Group on Health (BGH). The survey garnered 122 large employers offering coverage to more than 9.2 million employees and dependents.  Over […]

Positive Pressures for Higher Entry Level Pay

Over the past few years, we have seen several of our clients considering and/or implementing a living wage policy and structure.  The “living wage” concept dates back to when the American Federation of Labor (AFL) was established in 1886. The organization pushed for paying all workers (union and non-union) at a level which would maintain […]

Taking Advantage of the Reset

We hope everyone that we have served over the past 35 years is safe and well and doing everything they can to protect themselves and others around them from the Covid-19 virus.  We have been able to take care of our clients’ needs during this time but are looking forward to the day we can […]

Why Job Descriptions are Important?

As we have worked with our clients to assist them with establishing compensation structures over the past 47 years, job descriptions are where we start and the foundation of “getting it right” when it comes to employee pay.  There are also several other job description benefits listed below that employers should take advantage of with […]

Finishing Strong!

The baby boomer generation is in the middle of retirement age and several in this generation have already retired.  The most common age birth range for the baby boomers is 1946 to 1964.  As we start off 2020, those that were born in 1946 are 74 this year and the last year of the group […]

From Our Organizations to Your Organization

It’s December and we just finished Thanksgiving and we’re now on to Christmas! As we approach the end of another successful year in business, our two companies would like to say thank you for the many years that we have been serving you, our clients.  Johanson Group was formed in 1973 by Dr. Richard C. […]

$35,568

That is the new annual overtime pay threshold figure that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released on September 24, 2019.  The DOL issued their final rule, and the new rate will become effective on January 1, 2020.  To be classified as an exempt level employee, each employee must be paid at least the $35,568, […]