Volume 15, No. 9 • September 2018

Career Advancement

  • Your Passport to International Librarianship

    Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk. Volunteering in international libraries is not only feasible, it’s also Read the rest

  • 6 Signs the Job You’re Applying for Could Be a Nightmare

    In almost every job, there will be days when you don’t feel like going in, or days when you won’t want to be bothered by co-workers. This is normal. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a horrible job. A truly terrible job is more than just having a few bad days. It is one that drains your creativity, your energy, and causes you to think about finding a new job almost daily. A job that’s not right for you … Read the rest


  • Weigh-In on Overtime Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced that in the upcoming weeks, it will hold public listening sessions to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, often referred to as the “Overtime Rule.”

    Issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act, these regulations implement exemptions from the overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees. The Department plans to update the Overtime Rule and is interested in hearing Read the rest


  • Relieving Financial Stress for Employees

    When asked to rate the financial status of their workers:

    • 40% of employers say their employees are only a little bit or not at all financially savvy
    • 36% of employers say their employees are only a little bit or not at all prepared for retirement once they reach retirement age.

    Research from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans found that employees’ financial stress (i.e. worrying about bills, paying for children’s education, saving for retirement, etc.) is having a negative Read the rest


  • How to Keep Your Mental Health in Check at the Office

    You can have your entire day of activities planned out so that you make the best use of your time, ensuring productivity and a sense of accomplishment. Sometimes though, you can have so many interruptions in your day that you start to feel unorganized and ineffective.  You’ll find that the best plans can get waylaid if you aren’t careful. Of course, if your boss comes to you with a project that must be handled ASAP, you probably can’t say, ‘No, … Read the rest

HR Law

  • Address Harassment Complaints or Face Possible Law Suits

    When employers fail to stop harassment, they may be in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws. Based on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court’s ruling last month (Aug. 2018; Rivera-Rivera v. Medina & Medina, No. 17-1191) employees need not track every instance of harassment for their lawsuits to survive summary judgment.

    According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), age discrimination is often viewed as more acceptable than other forms of discrimination by employers. The agency has warned, however, Read the rest