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The Awkward Office – When Can You Make Personal Calls at Work?

My mom is not allowed to call me at work. She has my office phone number, but I made her promise to reserve it for emergencies. Of course, her definition of “emergency” differs from mine, and over the years she has been known to call when she’s stuck in traffic, because she saw a baby bunny, and because someone stole a potted plant out of her front yard. I sit at a desk in the middle of an open newsroom, which means my co-workers can hear everything I say in response, such as “Aww, I like bunnies” or “What do you mean you filed a police report? Mom, it’s a plant.”


Forced time off drives pay deal

About 1,200 county workers furloughed for a week in 2009 amid a ballooning budget gap will get the days back as paid time off under a settlement between unions and the County. The agreement could save taxpayers as much as $1.4 million over the alternative were the unions to prevail in allegations to state labor regulators that the forced time off was improperly imposed. A copy of the settlement was not immediately available, but one union leader said it includes a provision that the county could not try to impose furloughs without negotiation again.


For Obamacare to Work, Small Employers Must Embrace Exchanges

In the three years since President Obama signed his health-care overhaul into law, the Affordable Care Act has survived virulent opposition, multiple repeal attempts, and a U.S. Supreme Court challenge led by influential lobbying groups, including the National Federation for Independent Business. Many conservative lawmakers remain firmly opposed: Last week, Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) held a hearing in Washington on Obamacare, saying it threatens “to stifle small business growth across all industries” and “provides economic incentives to reduce employee hours and drop health insurance coverage altogether.”


More American workers sue employers for overtime pay

The spread of smartphones has tied more workers to their jobs during off hours. Americans were pushed to their limit in the recession and its aftermath as they worked longer hours, often for the same or less pay, after businesses laid off almost 9 million employees.


Donating and sharing paid time off

Hurricane Sandy highlighted the role of programs that allow employees to donate the value of their unused paid time off (PTO) from work or share it with fellow employees. Following are the main types of programs and their tax treatment.


Cutting Health-Care Costs for Aging Employees

You’re probably already aware that employers benefit from the experience and maturity of older employees, particularly if they are knowledge workers, and that many can work productively to a later age. “Many times, older employees use less health insurance than younger workers who are having families and taking care of children. That is also reflected in older workers’ lower absentee rates,” says Ted C. Fishman, an expert on global demographic shifts and author of the book Shock of Gray.


Will Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo Maternity Leave Policy Influence Other CEO’s?

As you may or may not know, Marissa Mayer is the new CEO of Yahoo. Marissa used to work for Google, in a very strong position, however she left Google to become the CEO of Yahoo last July. She was newly pregnant at that time, and recently had her baby. Over her pregnancy, she took no large shortcuts or a long leave; in fact she worked from home to help turn around Yahoo whilst bearing her new baby.


Seniority and Performance in the Workplace – Fairness and Recognition

As employers it is very important to always be counter balancing the rewards and recognition of workers based on seniority and performance. Seniority deserves certain recognition as it shows loyalty, commitment and interest in the job from certain employees. At the same time performance can show ambition, energy and passion. Both types of employee efforts are important to keep the work efficiency afloat and at its best. However in order to be fair and maintain both types of energy around one must know how to precisely balance the reward system among these two types of efforts.


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