Stephen Koppekin’s Blog

3 Reasons Why Unionization Can Be Helpful to an Employer

Happiness.  Growth.  Fulfillment.  These three words describe what every employee is looking for in a job.  With the enactment of the NLRA in 1935, laborers have been properly represented and vouched for by unions in a way that keeps their best interest in mind....

The History of Labor Day

The History of Labor Day

In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, Americans worked twelve-hour days for seven days a week to make a decent living. The working conditions weren’t safe, as everyone worked in unsafe conditions, weren’t given proper breaks, and the areas weren’t very sanitary....

Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938. It establishes a minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. For the past 80 years, this law has...

How to Create an Apprenticeship Program

How to Create an Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship programs prepare workers to compete in today’s changing economy. It’s a great idea to implement a program in your workplace because it’s a win-win-win situation that benefits employers, employees, and workforce systems.

Exploring IKEA’s New Parental Leave Program

Exploring IKEA’s New Parental Leave Program

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, all Ikea employees will receive up to four months of paid parental leave. Regardless if employees are paid hourly or by salary, working in the stores or in the corporate offices, male or female, regardless of sexual orientation or even giving...