“While on Maternity Leave, can I attend a trade conference?”

Published on June 21st, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

Question: My baby was born a month ago, and everything is going well. I am scheduled to return to work in 30 days.

In two weeks, there is an annual trade conference that I have attended in past years that I would like to attend again this year, both to represent my employer and to network for myself. It would be a two-day trip. My pediatrician thinks it would be good for the baby, because I will be going back to work, and this may be a good “trial run” for her. Am I permitted to do that?

Brewster, New York

Answer: Dear Carleen: First, congratulations on your new “little one.” Everyone who knows me knows that I believe kids are the best part of life . . . “usually.” Your question really made me think, and also required that I do some legal research. This is what I have concluded:
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on June 20th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“We are pioneers,
and the history of pioneers is not that good.”

– Jeff Bezos

Considering being a pioneer in your field? I say “Go for it!” But just as I do with this blogsite – in trying to pioneer a new way of helping employees safely navigate the problems and opportunities in their employment – understand the immense odds that are against you. Then, by all means, and with gusto, “Go for it!”

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[If you would like to contribute a favorite quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at BusMgr@executivelaw.com].

Father’s Day

Published on June 19th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.”

– Jim Valvano

All dads know the truth: being a father is all about giving. This is the day you hope to hear, just this once, “Thanks.” Hold on to that thought; it may be a year before you hear it again. Like my son, Sam, once told me, “Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, only I don’t have to buy a present.” Oh, well…being a father is still my favorite hobby. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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Do You Know . . .

Published on June 15th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

. . . why the federal government, 80 years ago, passed laws requiring “time-and-a half-pay” for those working over 40 hours in a week? (Hint: it’s the same reason that President Obama is expanding overtime coverage now) . . .

No, it is not to penalize employers, or to give an undeserved raise to millions of employees. The truth might be surprising: it was – and is – to encourage the creation of more jobs.

You see, during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, many people were out of work; there simply were not enough jobs for everyone. Employers feared hiring due to the uncertain economic times. As a result, many of those who did manage to find jobs, were often required to work 45, 50, 60 or more hours a week.

This was the idea: if we made it more expensive to have one employee work 80 hours a week, then employers might hire two people to each work just 40 hours a week. And, it worked.

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Dept. of Labor released new rules that make millions more people eligible for overtime pay. Though it seems that it might be damaging to employers, it is not. Instead it will – just like it did 80 years ago – simply expand the number of employed and taxpaying people among us. (We will explain who is now eligible for overtime in an upcoming newsletter.)

If you didn’t know that before, well, now you do.

That’s part of both our job and our joy at SkloverWorkingWisdom.com™

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved.

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on June 13th, 2016 by Alan L. Sklover

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“If you do not actively attack the risks,
they will actively attack you.”

– Tom Gib

We live and work in a world that is highly competitive, rapidly changing, and full of unexpected twists and turns. At home and work, it is common that we look for insurance to eliminate or reduce risk. However there is one risk that you just cannot get insurance for: the risk of your not focusing on risk all the time, with at least one of your two eyes, and actively thwarting its possible attack. The greatest risk of all is not being vigilant and aggressive about risk, all of the time.

© 2016 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[This quote was sent to us by our Blog Friend, Kebe, of Aguja, Nigeria. If you would like to contribute a favorite quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at BusMgr@executivelaw.com].

Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 30 years

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