Real average weekly wages rose by 0.5 percent from May to June after seasonal adjustment, while consumer prices as measured by the Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers index (CPI-W) increased 0.1 percent in June prior to seasonal adjustment, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more
Some information technology jobs such as senior level programmer/analyst and computer operations supervisor saw annual base pay increases from 8-10 percent, while others had increases of less than 2 percent compared to 2006, according the HEC’s 2007 Information Technology Pay Rate Survey. Read more
The average weekly wage in Honolulu was $744, compared to $784 nationally in the third quarter of 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Honolulu ranked 165 in average weekly wages among the 325 largest counties in the U.S. as of Sept. 2006. Read more
The overall average first-year wage increases for contracts was 3.9 percent in 2006, with health care contracts averaging 5.2 percent and non-health care averaging 3.3 percent, according to HEC’s collective bargaining contract database. Read more
Soaring energy costs clobbering workers at the pump and in paychecks says National Association of Manufacturers.
Energy prices have increased inflation faster than take home pay, resulting in declines in real wages, NAM says in its annual Labor Day report. NAM is calling for a national debate on a comprehensive U.S. energy strategy to reduce dependence on foreign oil.
Drilling Superintendent entitled to Trial on Unpaid Overtime due to Possible Misclassification as Exempt
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently held that a superintendent managing a drilling crew at a horizontal directional drilling company could proceed on a claim that he was improperly classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and denied overtime as a result. Read more
U.S. Dept. of Labor regulations which prohibit employers from taking a tip credit on any “substantial amount of time” (defined as more than 20 percent) that a tipped employee spends on performing related but non-tipped work, such as general preparation work or cleaning and maintenance, are given deference by the Eighth Circuit in a class action minimum wage lawsuit against Applebee’s. Read more
Hawaii median percentage increase is at 2.0 percent in 2011 compared to the U.S. average of 3.0 percent report by The Conference Board, according to HEC’s annual Salary Adjustment Survey. Projected median increases for 2012 show Hawaii at 2.0 percent as compared to the U.S. average projected increase of 3.0 percent. Read more
Of the 61 contract settlements that the HEC’s Negotiation Services Department negotiated, or assisted members in negotiating in 2011, the average first year increase was 0.9 percent, according to HEC Vice President & Dept. Director Ken Kawamoto. Read more
Private industry employers spent an average of $28.89 per hour worked for total employee compensation in December of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported. Read more
The Hawaii State Tax Department has issued new alternative and wage-bracket withholding tables for wages paid on and after January 1, 2013. Read more
Except for certain positions such as Chief Information Officer, Systems Analyst, and Network Administrator, most other computer-related positions showed slight to moderate pay increases compared to last year, according to HEC’s 2010 Information Technology Pay Rate Survey. Read more