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High gas prices: Are you helping to ease employees’ pain?

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John Wilcox

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in People Management,The HR Specialist Forum

With gasoline prices averaging near $4 per gallon, many employees are struggling to keep their tanks filled. For some, the added cost makes it hard to get to work each day. Are your employees sweating the gas price crisis? Is your organization doing anything to help relieve employees’ gas pains? Tell us your story.

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test October 28, 2011 at 9:21 am



Karen June 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I should have clarified that the nine 9 hour days are available for exempt employees only.


Elizabeth June 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

Just a word of caution – this may help the employees with the high gas prices, but for all hourly employees, you must still pay overtime for any non-exempt hourly employees who work over 40 hours in one week. The Department of Labor does not allow you to average the two weeks in a pay period together.
Example: If Joe works 5 9-hour days the first week (45 hours). He works 3 9-hour days and 1 8-hour day the next week (35 hours). If Joe is hourly, non-exempt, you must pay him 75 hours at his regular wage, and 5 hours of overtime.


Karen May 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

We offer employees alternate work schedules: four 10 hour days per week or nine 9 hour days (with one day at 8 to make it 80 in a two-week pay period).
We pay the IRS mileage rate, so when that rate goes up so does ours.


Kim May 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

We have increased our mileage to .40 a mile and we give our office employees $35 a month for a gas allowance.


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