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How do you pay year round employees?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by LB Landscaping, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    This is geared towards more towards landscapers that have employees that they keep on through the winter for plowing. How do you pay you guys? I am looking at offering a higher hourly wage since work is not as regular and the hours kind of suck. Do you pay regardless of snow or only for hours worked during snow events. Is anyone paying salaries?
  2. Scottish Lscape

    Scottish Lscape Member
    Messages: 52

    We pay higher rates for the snow season, only during snow storms. They get the same pay as during Spring, Summer & Fall for snow prep. Ie.: Cleaning trucks after storm, loading sanders, etc. We also supply them with a carhartt jump suit, hat, gloves and warm meals during storms and unlimited coffee.
  3. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    We pay more hourly for plowing/salting. After the storm repairs and maintenance is their regular pay rate. Most are happy to get the "easy" shop work in the winter. I do buy a lot more meals during plowing season. They also get a nice Carhart with their name and company name embroidered the first year. Usually cash bonus after first year around the holidays.
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    When I had employees, I paid them by the hour same rate year round.
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,237

    If you pay salaries be very, very careful that you meet the requirements, especially if you are not going to apy OT. You can get in big trouble quickly. Check with a labor attorney.

    Our employees' receive premium pay for anything between 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM during the week and weekends\holidays. Usually is time and a half. They have to be available 24/7, respond within an hour, give a week's notice if not available (unless sick or emergency). Crappy hours, crappy weather, driving with stupid people that shouldn't be out on the roads, I think they deserve more than their normal pay. Heavy clothing and 1 meal per storm provided as well.

    Some of our employees do work year around. Dormant pruning, maintaining equipment and preparing equipment usually keeps a few of them working.
  6. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    Yeah I agree, not really into paying salary.

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    just pay them cash and maybe pay them a little more than you have before. :waving:
  8. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    When you get off the highway and see a homeless guy standing there with a sign " will work for food "

    anyone ever thought of handin him a shovel or a trimmer?
  9. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Do a search on lawnsite about this. Trust me it an't worth it.