A Little History of Presidents Day Replayed

I meant to post this yesterday, but the holiday got in the way. Originally posted two years ago. Today is President’s Day, a Federal holiday. The origin of the day was the celebration of George Washington’s birthday, February 22nd. Although an unofficial observance at first, it was made an official holiday in 1879 by Rutherford …

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The Workflex in the 21st Century Act: Compensable Leave Requirement

As promised in my blog post yesterday, here are the details about the compensable leave requirements under the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. Yesterday I wrote about the fact that companies that wish to be covered by this act must have a Qualified  Flexible Workplace Arrangement  (QFWA) plan under ERISA. To be qualified this …

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Enhancing Job Satisfaction Without Giving a Raise

  Today’s post is brought to you by my friends as SocialMonsters.org. These are good tips for companies that cannot afford monetary increases. The level of unhappiness at work has been steadily increasing over the last few decades with nearly half of Americans expressing their dissatisfaction over their workplace. According to a report by the …

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How to Maintain and Engage Your Millennial Workforce

This post is from my friends at Socialmonsters.org. Although this article talks about younger workers many of the things mentioned in this post also apply to other workers in all age groups. Forty-six percent of the workforce will be comprised of millennials by 2020. This may be an unsettling thought for some employers and businesses. …

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Is mandatory paid Family and Medical leave just around the corner?

Back in December I somewhat addressed this topic with my post Mandated Paid Sick Leave- an inevitability? Now we see movement toward mandatory paid family and medical leave with the introduction of a bill in Congress. Is the time this trend will come to be? The US in last place According to the website Think …

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3 Employee Perks That Make the Office a Better Place

Today’s post is brought to you from my friends at SocialMonsters.org When it comes to finding the best talent, employee perks are often one of the first things (behind pay) that potential candidates consider. Whether it’s offering the latest technology or having flexible vacation policies, candidates want to work somewhere that offers a unique set …

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How to Handle PTO as a Small Business

Although the law does not dictate that all companies must provide their employees with built-in vacation time, some small businesses are finding creative, cost-effective ways to offer their employees added benefits and PTO. The U.S. is the only advanced economy that does not legally require companies to provide any vacation time, under the Fair Labor …

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How Much Vacation Time Should You Offer?

As a consultant to small business I frequently get asked how much vacation is “the right amount.” So when offered this guest post I felt I should post this. By Donna Stewart, writer for SocialMonsters.org How much paid time off is fair to give to your employees? How much is fair to your business and …

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Want to Solve Your Problem? Take a Vacation!

  Vacation, the very word strikes fear into the hearts of many employees and employers alike. Many employers are loathe to pay people for not being productive. Many employees fear going because of the work not getting done, enough so that many of them take work on their vacation, thinking they do it while sitting …

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Employers Provide Too Little Leave

  I have to admit that I was floored the other day when I read an article about the amount of time employers are giving off in addition to vacation. My first thought was employers are not providing enough leave. Here is what I read: The survey of nearly 4,500 benefit plans covering over 6 …

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