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Don’t Let Your Employer Cheat You Out of Overtime Pay

If your employer has cheated you out of overtime wages you may feel intimidated and helpless, as if there is nothing you can do to get your money. You may be afraid that if you take action, you will be fired or demoted and that it will hurt your chances of getting another job. When employers cheat employees out of overtime pay, they are breaking the law, and you have a legal right to compensation without retaliation.

Federal law requires employers to pay overtime wages
The Fair Labor Standards Act, and many state laws, set standards for overtime wages. Overtime is any work performed in excess of 40 hours during one week. By law, you are entitled to one and a half times your normal hourly rate for all hours worked over 40 hours in one work week.

For example, if your hourly wage is $10 per hour and you work a 45 hour week, you are entitled to $10 per hour for the first 40 hours and $15 per hour for the five hours of overtime, totaling $475.

How companies make big profits by cheating you -just a little bit-
Some companies believe that if they cheat each employee just a little bit, they can get away with it because no one will go to the trouble of fighting it. If your employer cheats you out of $25 here and there that you have earned for working overtime it may not seem like much. Multiply that by hundreds or thousands of employees, and you can see just how much large companies have to gain by cheating employees out of overtime pay. When you let it go because you don’t think it’s worth the hassle, you prove to them that the scheme is working and they continue to cheat their employees.

Tactic companies use to cheat you out of the money you earn
Some employers use the direct approach, bullying their employees. Most are sneaking, using complicated pay schedules to obscure where and how they are cheating you. Common tactics employers use to avoid paying overtime include:
Forcing or intimidating you into working off the clock
Requiring you to perform tasks before clocking in or after clocking out as preparation, clean up, or shut down activities
Refusing to pay for -unapproved- hours
Automatically deducting hours for lunch and breaks even if you worked during that time period
Refusing to pay for short breaks (less than 30 minutes) or combining the time taken in short breaks to total 30 minutes or more
Carrying overtime hours over into the next week’s hours
Falsifying time sheets
Misclassifying you as exempt from overtime
Issuing a check paying your overtime hours at your regular wage and hoping you either won’t notice or won’t say anything

Getting help
If your employer is cheating you out of the money that you have earned, you need the help of an experienced employment attorney, especially if you work for a large corporation. These types of cases are complex and can be a difficult battle, but they can be won, as was recently the case with Wal-Mart cheating its employees.

Employers who short you on overtime pay are breaking the law and stealing from you and your family. If your employer is cheating you out of wages you have earned, talk to an experienced employment attorney today.

Product Launching – 7 Smart Steps to Producing Audio Reports For Informational Products

If you are a marketer, you must market your own products… you HAVE to admit.

So what is the number one hurdle for creating and launching your own products?

Is it TIME? Sure, it takes long time if you’re still creating products and using conventional methods.

Myth of PDF Reports

If you are a marketer like me, you sign up for special reports. These are made out of PDF files digitally delivered to you.

The problem for a marketer with “PDF distribution approach” is that writing is not for everyone. Worse, depending on the demographic, if your writing is less than perfect, your special reports can damage your credibility.

Give Audio Reports

What if you started giving away audio reports? You have been told all this time that you thought you must give away a special report in PDF.

Sure, everyone else does this, but to stand out from the rest in a competitive market, you have to zig when everyone else zags. So give away audio for a change.

Why Using Audio Is Smart

The good news about publishing audio is you can outline what you want to say and record it. Unlike written reports, your grammar does not have to be perfect and listeners are more forgiving.

Audio reports are easy to consume – think about this, with iPod, in the car, MP3, it provides great passive modality. In fact, you can podcast your way to iTunes to leverage even more.

If you sell premium products, people need to know you better. With voice and passion coming through your audio stream, you can better turn subscribers into paid customers. Especially if you’re selling high-ticket items, your audio will paint a better picture of you to the audience.

Here is the 7 steps you should follow when launching a quality audio product. Keep in mind, the best audio recording style (or most entertaining style) is when you team up with another like-minded partner and speak in a group.

Even if you’re the absolutely the best in your subject matter, listening to your solo recording will get boring. So get yourself Skype, download free MP3 recorder and outline with a partner what you want to talk about.

1. Give a nice intro and ask a pop question. If your audience doesn’t know the answer, you got them pay attention to you the rest of your podcast. Let them know they need your info.

2. Tell them what’s in it for them.

3. Tell them why they should listen to you.

4. Tell them what’s NOT working, like in this article, PDF is not working for everyone.

5. Introduce solution – in this article, I used audio report as its solution.

6. Validate – share example of your solution is helping as opposed to the conventionally used solution

7. Call to action – now they heard you, you need to ask them to do something.

There you have it, you’ll have an audio product to launch it. Hey since it’s not another PDF report, why don’t you charge more money than what others normally charge for similar written reports?

By the way, do you want to learn more about creating product funnel to drive sales for your online business?

If so, I suggest you to check this out: Turning Point – A Marketer’s Guide to Changing The Rules for Extraordinary Results.

Bizarre Laws In The State Of Texas – Lone Star Weirdness

Rustling cattle is still a hanging offense in the State of Texas. Regardless of the fact that hanging is no longer allowed as a form of capital punishment, there is still a law on the books that states that stealing cattle is capital offense. This is just one of the many bizarre laws in Texas that were put on the books and have stayed there through the years.

It is also illegal to fish when drunk in Texas. This is one of the strange laws that can actually get you out of a jam if you are involved in some type of lawsuit that involves fishing. You never know when one of the Texas strange laws can help you out.

Many of the strange laws that are on the books are holdovers from the days of prohibition. For example, the entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in the State of Texas because it can tell people how to make beer. Despite the fact that this law is never challenged, it is still the law of the land in the State of Texas and you never know when it can be enforced.

Another of the Texas weird laws that involves drinking is that it is illegal to take more than three sips of beer when you are standing up. If you want to drink beer in Texas and want to take more than three sips, you had better do so sitting down. This is obviously a law leftover to keep rowdy behavior from saloons prior to prohibition that is still on the books.

One of the funniest of all of the bizarre laws in Texas is the requirement that criminals give victims 24 hour notice of the intent and nature of their intended crime. This is an advance warning that was actually put on the books to deter crime in the State of Texas. This can actually work in the favor of crime victims as it can add to the sentence of someone convicted in committing a crime. Not only did they commit the crime, but they failed to give written or oral warning within the time period.

There are many Texas strange laws that are still on the books and are put on the books for one reason or another. It can be fun to look into the weird laws and see if any of them can help your case if you have a legal matter in the State of Texas.

Basic Information About Israeli Law

The Israeli legal system is based on common law, also known as case law or precedent law, which is based on decisions of courts and judges, but it has some parts of civil law as well.

This means that Israel does not have a formal Constitution, even though it was decided when the State of Israel was founded, that one would be written. In this way, the Israeli laws are similar to the ones in the United Kingdom, but in recent years, the Israeli court system and laws have also been heavily influenced by the laws in the USA and Canada.

The Common Law system was implemented by the British when they were governing Palestine before the independent state was founded, and several things have never been changed since then. Even some older laws, dating back to the Ottoman rule of Palestine, still remain in the Israeli law.
This is why Israeli law can be said to be as diverse as the history of the country itself.

As for the court system, there are several courts in Israel that influence the current laws. The Shalom Court, Beit Mishpat HaShalom in Hebrew, is a smaller court that handles only civil cases, where the disputed amount is less than 2,5 million NIS (New Israeli shekels, the currency of Israel), but it never deals with issues relating to ownership of land or with criminal cases where the sentence could be over 6 years of prison.
The Shalom Courts are based in the towns themselves, and most Israeli towns have one.
The District Court, or the Beit Mishpat Mehozi in Hebrew, deals with civil as well as criminal matters that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Shalom Courts. It also deals with disputes related to ownership of land. People can also appeal sentences in the Shalom courts to the District Court.
Currently, there are 6 Disctrict Courts in Israel: in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Petach Tikva, Beersheva and in Nazareth.
The Israeli Supreme Court, the Beit Mishpat Elyon, mostly deals with appeals from the District Courts, but also hears cases that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the District Courts, including political cases and international cases.
There are also several Labour Tribunals in Israel, that deal with all cases related to labour law, for instance cases between an employee and an employer.
Interestingly enough, Israel also has religious tribunals, and some very specific legal matters, such as cases where marriage and divorce is discussed, and so on, are judged by the religious tribunals. Since the population of Israel is multi-religious, there are several religious tribunals for different religions, including one for the Jewish community, one for the Muslim community, one for the Catholic Christian community, and so on.

Motorbike Audio For Professional Riders

It is undeniable that motorcycle racing has been one of the oldest forms of motorsport and is still one of the most followed one. However, owing to technological advancements, a lot of things have changed in the last couple of decades. The bikes have become a lot meaner and the safety features are continually being improved. Today, you have the option of getting major modifications to the engine as well as the chassis of the bike. One such great modification option is addition of motorcycle audio equipment to the bike.

You can easily find a number of audio equipment for motorbikes at all leading stores dedicated to motorcycle parts and accessories. Some of the most useful audio equipment for motorbike includes motorbike intercom, satellite radio, Bluetooth headset for helmet, helmets with built-in speakers and many more. Especially if you are into racing or travel in groups, motorbike intercom can prove to be an exceptional asset. Satellite radio can keep you connected to the world while on the go; you can enjoy music, get important updates and keep yourself entertained.

Installation of such audio equipment can be done at any service center or even at home, if you are a DIY person. However, thanks to the boom in the counterfeit products market, finding quality equipment can be a challenge; this is where online shopping can help you out. You can easily find numerous stores offering audio equipment for motorcycles and make your decision based on the reviews left by the stores previous customers. Going through the reviews will give you a fair idea about the quality of equipment the stores deliver.

Furthermore, owning to the low overhead cost of online businesses, virtual store owners are able to price their products lower than the live competition and motorcycle accessories are no exception. All leading online stores come out with a number of promotional discounts and schemes to stay in the highly competitive virtual marketplace. With some patience and thorough research, you are sure to find excellent bargains on motorcycle audio equipment.