How is Overtime Calculated For an Employee With Multiple Wages?

By | November 2nd, 2015|Labor, Snow Removal|

In some jobs, employees are paid two different wages based on what type of work they are doing. For example, an employee for a snow removal company might make $20 an hour when performing snow removal activities. While performing any other duties, this employee is paid $10 an hour. If they work 50 hours in one week, at which wage is their overtime calculated?

The fair and legal wage to pay overtime in a case like the one described above is to find the weighted average wage for that week and pay the employee time and a half on that wage.

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How much salt is used each year in the United States?

By | October 22nd, 2015|Salt, Snow Removal|

According to the Salt Institute the United States applied roughly 17,000,000 tons of road salt during the winter of 2013-2014. Other reports say that more than 20,000,000 tons of salt are applied on our roadways every winter.

To put that into perspective, that equates to:

  • 124lbs of salt per person in the United States (there are 322 million)
  • 158lbs of salt for every car or truck on the road in the US (there are 253 million)
  • ~15x more salt than is used each year by the entire US food processing industry (source)

What are deicers?

By | October 22nd, 2015|Salt, Snow Removal|

Simply put, deicers melt ice.

In practice, there are two fundamental concepts that explain how deicers work to melt ice:

  • What is ice?
  • How does it melt?

What is Ice?Melting_curve_of_water

Ice is frozen water.  It looks like a brittle, transparent crystalline solid.  Ice molecules can exhibit up to sixteen different phases (packing geometries) that depend on temperature and pressure.  You probably didn’t know that.  Another important thing to know is that when there is ice there is water.  Even though it may not be visible, molecular water […]

What can we expect from the winter of 2015?

By | October 10th, 2015|Snow Removal|

Recently everyone has been talking about the potential effects of a stronger El Nino weather system this winter. Some people, such as snow and ice management contractors, need to know what to expect in order to make important business decisions. Snow management employees would like to know how often they will be working this season. Other people are just curious how many times they’ll need to get out their snowblower to clear their driveway. With so many people asking the same question, it’s no wonder that so many weather organizations have claimed to […]