SMART Challenges to Boost Personal and Professional Growth in the Next Year

A challenge is an opportunity to push yourself further to see what you can achieve, to see how resilient you are, and to prove your character. You don’t have to wait for a challenge to present itself, you can seek out challenges to test your mettle. We often call these sorts of challenges “goals,” but a “challenge” sounds more fun. It sounds like a dare, only for the bold and

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SMART Challenges to Boost Personal and Professional Growth in the Next Year

A challenge is an opportunity to push yourself further to see what you can achieve, to see how resilient you are, and to prove your character. You don’t have to wait for a challenge to present itself, you can seek out challenges to test your mettle. We often call these sorts of challenges “goals,” but a “challenge” sounds more fun. It sounds like a dare, only for the bold and

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8 Ways to Boost Productivity and Stop Wasting Time

Distractions, dawdling, daydreaming and dithering. There are plenty of reasons why people put off doing what they should. It’s one thing when they do it on their own time, but at work, it represents a significant cost to the employer. Here are a few tips to boost productivity at the workplace. 1. Set the thermostat at 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Comfortable employees are efficient employees. Make sure the office is not

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How to Break Through Generational Barriers for High-Performing Teams

The workforce today is more diverse than ever—the most noticeable being employee age gaps. This new normal, the multi-generational workforce, requires special considerations for project leaders managing and motivating such diverse teams. Pew Research has noted certain characteristics, values, and sensitivities shared by workers of the five main generations and a newly recognized micro-generation. The generations are designated as follows: Silent, sometimes called Traditionalists (born between 1928 and 1945) Baby

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Maximizing the Potential of Millennial's in the Workplace

Millennials—those born between 1983 and 2000—represent one-quarter of the entire U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that millennial workers became the largest segment, by age, in the workplace. And, by 2030, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that millennial employees will make up 75 percent of the workforce.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation collated the copious research about

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Texas Employers Need to Know About Meal and Rest Break Labor Laws

Although some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Texas is not one of them.   Under Texas law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or break to its employees. Instead, employers must adhere to the requirements of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which also does not mandate a meal or rest

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in Pennsylvania?

Whether an employer permits its employees to have meal breaks and rest breaks is largely within the employer’s discretion. While some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Pennsylvania is not one of them.   Under Pennsylvania law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal or rest break to its adult employees. Pennsylvania’s only requirement for

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Federal Fair Chance Act Limits Criminal Background Checks for Job Applicants

The Fair Chance Act seeks to give ex-offenders released from prison and those with a past criminal conviction a better chance of obtaining employment with federal contractors and federal agencies by deferring any inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer is extended. This follows a trend of “ban the box” laws that have been enacted in various states and localities.   How the Fair Chance

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When Rhode Island Employers Must Pay Sick Leave

One issue raised by the coronavirus (COVID-19) is whether an employee who must self-isolate must be paid. Although there is no federal paid sick leave law, 11 states require paid sick leave, including most recently Rhode Island.   In the event of a public health emergency, regardless of whether a business or a school or childcare facility closes or an employee must care for themselves or a family member who

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What Are the Legal Requirements for Workday Breaks in Ohio?

  Whether an employer permits its employees to have meal breaks and rest breaks is largely within the employer’s discretion. Although some states, like California and New York, have strict requirements for employers to provide meal and rest breaks, Ohio is not one of them.   Under Ohio law, there is no requirement for an employer to provide a meal period or rest break to its adult employees age 18

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What Employers Can't Do Under the Coronavirus Relief Law

Signed into law March 18, 2020, the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act will apply from the effective date through December 31. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) have provided further interpretation, of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act), advising only certain employers are required to provide employees with the leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  “When facing challenges such as this current

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