Volume 12, No. 4 • April 2015

Spotlight

  • The Importance of Volunteering: Participating in Alternative Spring Break with Outreach 360 in the Dominican Republic

    By Tina Chan

    Volunteering plays a vital role for organizations and volunteers.  Not only do organizations get volunteer assistance, but volunteers gain many benefits.  They include job meaningfulness, building leadership skills, strengthening professional networks, improving interpersonal skills, gaining self-confidence, and acquiring problem solving skills (Hamp, 2014; Rodell, 2013).  With many benefits of volunteering, it is befitting for faculty members to include a service learning component in their courses for students to gain valuable life skills.  Many colleges and universities have … Read the rest

ALA-APA News

Recruitment

  • 4 Tips on How to Bring Out the Best in Your New Hires

    In a survey of nearly 10,000 people, it was discovered that almost half of the respondents lacked confidence in their job skills.  Chances are, people who are starting new positions may be feeling the pressure to “know it all” right from the start.  With a lack of confidence being so high, people beginning new jobs could potentially have a rocky experience without the right people and tools to help guide them.  This article offers four tips to help bring out … Read the rest

Salaries

  • Today is Equal Pay Day: Women Still Earn Less Than Men

    Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists.  Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 78% of their male counterparts’ earnings. For women of color, the gap is even worse.  Today, April 14, 2015 symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year

    In … Read the rest

Work/Life

  • 5 Ways to Manage Work-Related Stress

    April is National Stress Awareness Month.  This is a good time to take a look at how you feel at work and determine if you’re dealing with stress properly so you don’t get burned out.  The author of this article talked to some experts to get advice on smart tactics for tackling work-related stress.

    April is also Counseling Awareness Month.  If you find that you are having a difficult time dealing with stress, or any other issue, consider talking to … Read the rest

  • 4 Ways to Bounce Back from a Totally Unproductive Day

    Occasionally, we can all have unproductive days at work.  If we don’t figure out how to manage them, we could potentially end up feeling guilty and overwhelmed by the amount of work that has to be accomplished—not to mention having a to-do list that is twice as long as the previous day’s list.  The author of this article offers four actions (and some tools) that we can employ to overcome these types of days at work.… Read the rest

HR Law

  • Obama Administration Publishes Final Rule on Excepted Benefits

    The U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury have published final rules to amend the definition of excepted benefits to include certain limited coverage that wraps around individual health insurance. Such coverage would have to be specifically designed to provide meaningful benefits such as coverage for expanded in-network medical clinics or providers, reimbursement for the full cost of primary care, or coverage of the cost of prescription drugs not on the formulary of the primary plan.… Read the rest

  • E-Signatures: Do They Carry the Same Legal Weight as Pen Strokes?

    Today, many employers don’t bother to print employee handbooks, training attendance forms or other employment documents.  Instead, those documents exist solely in electronic form, acknowledged by employees using electronic signatures instead of written ones.  But do those e-signatures carry the same legal weight as written signatures and contracts?  The author of this article explains his answer based on court decisions.… Read the rest