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How Will Your Vacation Days Get Used This Summer?

Will you spend your vacation days helping a former roommate move? Or renewing your license? Or getting the oil changed?

You may be using them wisely but according to folks on this commercial, they’re totally judging. And that’s okay. You’re squandering them if you’re sitting at the DMV instead of sitting on a beach. And hey, if you don’t use them, you lose ‘em. The days will expire soon enough.

Sure, it’s a tourism video but it creates a pause to think about how you’ll truly spend your valuable personal time off. And it also made us chuckle. Enjoy!

Aflac Workplaces Report Shows Employers Focusing on Controlling Costs

RxAflac released its annual Aflac Workplaces Report and from the looks of it, it isn’t pretty. The study looked at responses from 5,209 employees and 1,856 business decision makers.

Almost one-third of businesses eliminated or delayed raises and 22 percent of businesses have eliminated or cut back on raises. Slightly more than 20 percent of businesses changed full-time workers to part-time status. And more than half of companies boosted employees’ copayments and/or employees share of premiums last year.  Read more

Where in the World is the Worst Place to Work?

globeIf you think your office may be bad with violating its labor laws, it may not come close to some companies in Southeast Asia.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, per a new labor rights index several countries in that region are the absolute worst places to work. The International Trade Union Confederation’s Global Rights Index evaluates workers’ rights in terms of where they are best protectors. Read more

Summer Work Wardrobe Guidelines: Just Say No to Flip-Flops

flip flopsAloha, summer!

After all, Memorial Day weekend marks the first official sign of summer which naturally lends itself to lighter clothing and lax wardrobes in the office.

How lax is too lax, you ask? According to our friends at OfficeTeam and their summer survey, some of the strangest outfits ever spotted at work include pajamas (that’s worth a pause. Let’s repeat together now: “Pajamas!”), shorts with house slippers, a bathing suit and a dinosaur costume. We kid you not. Read more

Should Employers Allow E-Cigarette Smoking at the Office?

Aecigs e-cigarettes took center stage yesterday when the Food and Drug Administration proposed regulations, it’s still a conundrum as to how employers should handle the issue.

The booming business that’s anticipated to grow to $2 billion this year (yes, we said billion), is typically not banned in the workplace. According to The Wall Street Journal, as of January only three states (New Jersey, Utah and North Dakota) out of 24 that have banned smoking in the office have added e-cigarettes to their policy as well. Read more

What the #%*>? How to Handle Cursing at the Office

swear jarAh, we’ve seen this situation one too many times.

You work in a small office and there’s certainly no one from human resources to be found.

An F-bomb here, another swear there. If you’re constantly hearing profanity at the office and yearning to rinse your colleagues’ mouths out with soap, listen up. Your options are slim but you do have a few of them. Read more

French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

New Data Reveals Uptick in Working Mothers Staying at Home With Children

working motherNumbers are on the rise for mothers staying at home with their children. According to the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of all mothers with children under 18 stay at home.

This number has been steadily increasing over the years. For instance, 23 percent of mothers were stay-at-home in 1999. Read more

Condé Nast Settles Intern Lawsuit

internAs per The New York Post, Condé Nast has quietly settled a class action suit filed last year by two former interns. The summer interns claimed they earned less than a dollar per hour for their labor.

It should be noted that five months after the lawsuit was filed, the company indicated it was ditching its internship programs. Read more

Paternity Leave Takes Center Stage as Announcers Chastise Baseball Player

bball diamondThis story grabbed our attention like you wouldn’t believe.

Maybe that’s because maternity leave in America seems rather succinct compared to various countries. And no one really talks about the understated yet valuable leave as well for the father.

According to the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, women are entitled to 12 weeks off from work. Technically they don’t have to be paid during that time and exceptions occur within some small companies. Per this infographic from Huffington Post, most countries offer at least three months of paid time off and offer benefits for fathers as well.

This is all the more reason why the New York broadcasters took it too far with New York Mets’ second baseman, Dan Murphy. Although the team’s opening day was on Monday, he went to Florida to be with his wife as she delivered their son. Oh, the travesty! Read more