Archive for January, 2018

Are workers calling in sick to Tampa jobs?

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Some workers may be calling sick to Tampa jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to new CareerBuilder data, 40 percent of workers have called in sick in the last 12 months when they weren’t, compared to 35 percent in 2016 and 38 percent in 2015.

Female workers were more likely than their male counterparts to take sick days when they were well – 43 percent to 35 percent respectively.

While they may not necessarily be sick, 30 percent of workers who have called in sick cite having a doctor’s appointment as the top reason to take a sick day, followed by just didn’t feel like going to work (23 percent), needing to relax (20 percent), and needing to catch up on sleep (15 percent). Running errands (14 percent), catching up on housework (8 percent), and plans with family and friends (8 percent) also appeared on the list.

Nearly three in five workers who have a paid time off program (28 percent) say they feel obligated to make up an excuse for taking a day off, even though the majority of employees (54 percent) work for companies with a paid time off (PTO) program which rolls sick, vacation and personal days together.

When asked to share the most dubious excuses workers have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following:

  • A bear was in employee’s yard and they were afraid to come out.
  • Employee’s phone exploded and it hurt their hand.
  • Employee ate a toothpick in his food at restaurant.
  • Employee broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.
  • Employee called in “fat” because uniform didn’t fit.
  • Dog swallowed employee’s car keys so she was waiting until it came out.
  • Employee left his clothes at the laundry mat.
  • Employee did not have enough gas to get to work.
  • Employee had to re-schedule a new manicure because some of their artificial nails fell off.
  • Employee were not sure how the solar eclipse would affect them so it would be safer to stay at home.

 

Small business health plans and Tampa jobs

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Tampa jobs may be affected by a new small business healthcare plan.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

Up to 11 million Americans working for small businesses/sole proprietors and their families lack employer-sponsored insurance. These 11 million Americans could find coverage under this proposal. Many small employers struggle to offer insurance because it is currently too expensive and cumbersome. These employees – and their families – would have an additional alternative through Small Business Health Plans (Association Health Plans). These plans would close the gap of uninsured without eliminating options available in the healthcare marketplace.

Under the proposal, small businesses and sole proprietors would have more freedom to band together to provide affordable, quality health insurance for employees.

The proposed rule, which applies only to employer-sponsored health insurance, would allow employers to join together as a single group to purchase insurance in the large group market.

These improvements stand to open health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and their families by making it more affordable for thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors.

By joining together, employers may reduce administrative costs through economies of scale, strengthen their bargaining position to obtain more favorable deals, enhance their ability to self-insure, and offer a wider array of insurance options.

The proposed rule includes important protections for Americans. Small Business Health Plans (Association Health Plans) cannot charge individuals higher premiums based on health factors or refuse to admit employees to a plan because of health factors. The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will closely monitor these plans to protect consumers.

 

Transportation jobs in Tampa climb

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that transportation jobs in Tampa are climbing.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,676,400 in November 2017, an increase of 13,100 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month.

The state gained 195,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.3 percent.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,676,400 in November 2017, up 195,000 jobs compared to a year ago.   November 2017 was the 88th consecutive month with positive over‐the‐year job growth.

The industry gaining the most jobs was construction (+41,800 jobs, +8.7 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included professional and business services (+41,000 jobs, +3.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+33,500 jobs, +1.9 percent); financial activities (+15,500 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+15,200 jobs, +1.2 percent); manufacturing (+14,100 jobs, +3.9 percent); other services (+13,500 jobs, +3.8 percent); government (+12,200 jobs, +1.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+5,200 jobs, +0.4 percent); and information (+3,000 jobs, +2.2 percent).

In November 2017, 22 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over‐the‐year job gains.  The areas with the largest gains were Orlando‐Kissimmee‐Sanford (+38,800 jobs, +3.1 percent); Tampa‐St. Petersburg‐Clearwater(+30,600 jobs, +2.3 percent); and Miami‐Miami Beach‐Kendall (+27,100 jobs, +2.3 percent).