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Today we take a look at protections for breastfeeding Mothers, new hiring strategies for SBOs and the shift from “Me” to “We” amongst Gen Z entrepreneurs.
And don’t forget: National Small Business Week kicks off in Washington, DC on Monday, with virtual and live events across the country. Even the IRS is celebrating by encouraging SBOs to check out resources to prevent identity theft and lighten their tax burden. Happy Friday!
Just in time for Mother’s Day. The Department of Labor announced a settlement with a Texas company on behalf a nursing mother who was forced to pump in her car in the company’s parking lot. The woman quit and the DOL determined her resignation is protected under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, affirming the right of working moms to a private place to express breast milk. This case comes on the heels of a $3.8 million jury verdict in favor of an Arizona paramedic who was told that her pumping schedule was “excessive.”
The Number: $22,000. The Texas counseling company agreed to pay the woman $22,000 in back wages and dages.
The Quote: “The law requires employers to provide women who are nursing with privacy during their break time. The Wage and Hour Division provides compliance assistance to help employers understand their responsibilities to their employees, including the right of nursing mothers to request the time and space they need to express milk without interruption and without fear of retaliation.”
With nearly a million unfilled jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industry, big companies and chain stores are using new methods to attract workers. Taco Bell held hiring parties across the nation and McDonald’s is partnering with AARP to bring retirees back to work. Small businesses are also getting creative in their hiring practices during this time of record-breaking unemployment. Increasingly, SBOs are turning to programs like Getting Out and Staying Out, an organization that helps former convicts find and keep work. Other companies are hiring new employees who’ve experienced career setbacks or lack training but who show an ability to honor commitments and a willingness to learn.
The Number: 100. JumpCrew, a tech company based in Nashville, hired 100 new employees in 100 days, many of them with little-to-no related prior experience.
The Quote: “We are looking for people who might otherwise be looked over but who are authentic and honest enough to talk about what they learned and how they grew. Of course we also look for people who have demonstrated some ability to fulfill commitments.”
HP Inc. released the results of a new study, highlighting shifting values of small business owners across generations. The study found that each new generation of SBOs outpaces the preceding generation in their desire to drive change and make a positive social impact.
The Number: 60%. According to the survey, 60% of Gen Z SBOs believe that they have a responsibility to solve societal and environmental issues, compared to just 40% of their Baby Boomer counterparts.
The Quote: “In an attempt to positively impact society, the next generation of small business owners is shifting from “me” to “we.”
Memorial Day is right around the corner and summer vacation is within striking distance. Make sure your company is on top of the rules and regulations governing your employees’ vacation time.