By Lee Allphin, Employer Advantage Founder and Chairman of the Board
For more than 30 years, Employer Advantage has comprehensively managed clients’ government employment and labor law responsibilities, including the added complexity of employees that are also union workers.
In addition to the already overwhelming employee administration and compliance responsibilities facing employers, a major concern is how to meet the requirements of the bargaining agreement between a business and its union workers.
Many potential clients ask if we can really manage all of it. The short answer is “YES!” Employer Advantage has effectively served clients with union employees since 1990.
Labor unions have existed in one form or another in the United States since the birth of the country. They were created to protect the working population from abuses such as sweatshops and unsafe working conditions. Today, they represent workers in many industries recognized under US labor law. The most prominent unions are within the public sector, serving city employees, government workers, teachers, and law enforcement.
Most workers’ union activity centers on collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their membership, as well as representing their members in disputes with management over violations of contract provisions. (For example, union workers average 10-30% higher pay than non-union workers.) Employees exercise their right to organize, or choose to refrain from taking part in, union activities.
For our clients, serving union workers over the years has become a valued part of our process. Unions recognize that Professional Employer Organization(s) (PEO) like Employer Advantage have become the entity which pays the employees, collects union dues, provides data, administers benefits and maintains a safe working environment in accordance with the bargaining agreement they have with the original business. If a business operates within the framework of the negotiated agreement, all is well.
Employer Advantage also guides employers, ensuring they meet the obligations placed upon them. Our service includes an HR Department to help administer the HR policies, along with the hiring and firing process. Our safety department experts make sure the safety of workers is a number one priority, and that working conditions are as agreed upon. Benefit plans that are agreed upon are individualized to a specific client, which we manage and can also administer. We also assign a service team with up to four specialists to oversee compliance.
It can be very difficult, demanding of resources, and time-consuming for a business owner to try to independently meet their workforce obligations. Need assistance with Union Employees or any other employee administration and compliance responsibilities?
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FREEDOM TO SUCCEED – Trusted for more than 30 years, Employer Advantage frees you from the administrative and compliance burdens of having employees so you can focus on your business success. Versatile enough for companies of all sizes, our unique service combines comprehensive management of your employee administration and compliance with the latest software solutions, tailored to meet your individual needs and company culture. Our full-service management of HR, payroll, health and benefits, workplace safety, and more, enhances your profitability while reducing the costs and risks associated with employment law compliance. We provide your employees with top-notch assistance and benefits that help you increase productivity, save time and money, and attract and retain a talented workforce. And for small and mid-sized businesses, we bring you economy of scale with access to Fortune-500-level benefits, specialty assistance, and savings that would not be possible to attain on your own. Headquartered in the Midwest and serving more than 400 companies and 10,000 worksite employees throughout the country, Employer Advantage is an IRS-Certified Professional Employer Organization (PEO) (C-PEO). Experienced, certified, and trusted. www.EmployerAdvantage.com