Volume 10, No. 2 • February 2013

Spotlight

  • Happy 20th Birthday! Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Celebrates 20 Years

    “Workers should not have to choose between the job they need and the family members they love and who need their care.” – Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris

    For twenty years, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed millions of eligible employees to take unpaid leaves for specified family and medical reasons. These workers have been able to care for themselves and their families without fear of losing their jobs or medical insurance. Since President Clinton signed … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

Career Advancement

  • Managing Your Career in a Negative Environment

    By Mandy R. Simon

    Many of the colleagues I’ve spoken to lately have alluded to having a similar problem in their work environments, regardless of organizational size or type: rampant negativity from co-workers. Workplace negativity is insidious and can feel downright inescapable. As the old-timey educational movie reels explain about tooth decay and drug addiction, negativity can seep into an organization unannounced and threaten to discourage even the most motivated and enthusiastic leaders. How does one manage their career in … Read the rest

Certification

HR Practice

Recruitment

  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Resources

    Editors’ note: this article is published by permission of Walkthetalk.com.

    In the just-released The Diversity and Inclusion Handbook, author Sondra Thiederman includes “27 Essentials of Inclusive Leadership.” Here are a few that we all should apply in order to be effective and respected leaders:
    • Remember that an inclusive workplace is key to successful relationships with your customers, clients, and colleagues.
    • Treat people as individuals, not as members of groups.
    • Demonstrate that diversity and inclusion are about valuing ALL team
    Read the rest

Salaries

  • Ten States Raise Minimum Wage in 2013

    Taking cues from cost-of-living adjustments or the Consumer Price Index, ten states have raised their minimum wages:

    • Arizona ($7.65 to $7.80)
    • Colorado ($7.64 to $7.78) 
    • Florida ($7.67 to $7.79) 
    • Missouri ($7.25 to $7.35) 
    • Montana ($7.65 to $7.80) 
    • Ohio ($7.70 to $7.85)
    • Oregon ($8.80 to $8.95)
    • Rhode Island ($7.40 to $7.75)
    • Vermont ($8.46 to $8.60)
    • Washington ($9.04 to $9.19)
    Read the rest
  • The Road to Support Staff Minimum Salary Guidelines in Connecticut

    By Sandra Smith Rosado, MLS

    Minimum salary guidelines are a positive way to promote the value and professionalism of a career path, as well as to support decent salaries and help workers earn appropriate wages. The Connecticut Library Association (CLA) has supported a minimum salary guideline for entry-level MLS librarians for many years. While it is not a guarantee of a specific salary for a CT librarian, it is a guideline used by many employers to help them choose a … Read the rest

Statistics

Work/Life

  • Help Your Heart Help You

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke — that’s 2,200 deaths per day. — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012

    February is American Heart Month, a time set aside to raise awareness about heart disease. If you’re like most people, you think that heart disease is a problem for others—not you. But heart disease is the number one cause of death in the … Read the rest

HR Law

  • It’s All Hilarious … Until Someone Sues

    Editors’ note: this article is republished by permission of Business Management Daily

    These days, who couldn’t use a little humor amid all the stress?

    You know the gags: Post-it notes labeling everything in Greg’s cubicle. Duct-taping Stacey’s office door. Photoshopping Dave’s picture on a photo of a Sumo wrestler.

    Of course, as a manager, you must also consider that some individuals may have lost (or never had) a sense of humor and would not appreciate a joke made at … Read the rest

  • DOL Answers Questions About FMLA Role, Expansions

    In the February issue of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) monthly newsletter, DOL Acting Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division Mary Beth Maxwell answers questions about the Family and Medical Leave Act’s (FMLA) role in protecting American workers and businesses. She also explains recent expansions to FMLA’s role that allow it to better serve military families and airline workers.… Read the rest

  • Protecting Family Caregivers from Employment Discrimination

    As baby boomers age, so do their parents, and increasing numbers of the baby boom generation find themselves balancing paid work with unpaid eldercare responsibilities. According to a report produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), this trend underscores the need to develop public and private solutions to ensure that workers with eldercare responsibilities receive equal employment opportunity and are protected from discrimination in the workplace.

    The report is the first in a series of papers developed by the … Read the rest

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