We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

Published on April 18th, 2014 by Alan L Sklover

“Telecommuting or Flex-Time”

Sooner or later, nearly everyone faces a need to work from home for a day, a week, a month, or longer. In fact, the number of employees who are either “telecommuting” to work from home, or use “flextime” to alter their work schedules, in order to accommodate personal and family needs is increasing dramatically.

When you find the need to telecommute or use flex-time, our newest Model Letter, entitled “Model Memo to Request Telecommuting Or Flex Time,” shows you What to Say, and How To Say It,”™ and offers, too, a good way of preventing potential pitfalls in the process. A sure winner for careful planners who seek to juggle work and home life successfully!

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“Breast-Milk Work-Breaks – It’s Now the Law”

Published on April 16th, 2014 by Alan L Sklover

A Little Known Federal Right for Nursing Mothers

“There are three reasons for breast-feeding:
the milk is always at the right temperature;
it comes in attractive containers;
and the cat can’t get it.”

- Irena Chalmers

THE LAW: Although unknown to many people, the Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act of 2010, known as the “Affordable Care Act” or “ObamaCare,” amended the federal law of workplace rights to require employers to provide to almost all female employees reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child’s birth each time the employee has a need to express milk. 

Employers are also required to provide a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public which may be used by the employee to express milk. 

The law was enacted as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA” for short) the federal law that requires overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours in a work week. Employees tend to think that anyone who gets a weekly salary is not entitled to overtime pay; that is very much wrong. It has been estimated that 80% to 85% of all employees in the U.S. are entitled to overtime pay, although many of them are not aware of their right to overtime. (To review our newsletter entitled “80% of Americans are Entitled to Overtime Pay; Are You?” that explains who is entitled to overtime pay, and who is not, simply [click here].)  If those estimates are correct, then this new law regarding breast milk work breaks should, in turn, apply to 80%-85% of working women who are breast feeding or plan to breast feed.  

LESSON TO LEARN: Many people believe that breastfeeding is a very natural, positive and beneficial thing for a new mother to provide her newborn. For those moms who work outside the home, however, expressing breast milk for later use is the next best alternative.

In recognition of and in response to the desire of so many working women to provide breast milk to their babies, the U.S. Congress incorporated into the Affordable Care Act a federal legal right to (a) daily breaks to express milk, and (b) suitably clean and private places to do so, other than a bathroom. 

For you and for the women in your life, it may be a good idea to become familiar with the law.  

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Sklover’s Thought for the Week

Published on April 15th, 2014 by Alan L Sklover

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“Don’t worry about people talking behind your back. They’re behind you for a reason.”

– Unknown

When you are among people who spend their time gossiping, complaining, envying, moaning and otherwise trying to bring others down, simply remember and take heed of the fact that, by the simple laws of nature, they have less time, energy and attention to bring themselves up. No wonder they are always complaining of their plight.

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[If you would like to contribute a favored quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at info@SkloverWorkingWisdom.com].

 

A Passover Thought

Published on April 14th, 2014 by Alan L Sklover

To All Our Friends Who Celebrate

Passover:

May your Matzoh Balls be light. May your Horse Radish be strong. May your Wine be sweet.

May you never forget how precious is Freedom from Oppression and Slavery, the meaning and lesson of this wonderful Holiday.

Have a Happy and Healthy Passover!

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on April 7th, 2014 by Alan L Sklover

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“A good day is the ultimate storehouse of value. Fickle
employers cannot confiscate it, corrupt governments cannot tax it, and it can’t be lost to the
markets. It lives forever in our memory . . .”

– William Heyman

The perspective, the appreciation and the realism of this quote, each and together make it one to bear in mind. How often do we take stock of the fact that, just by having a good day, we have been blessed, forever? Surely not often enough. May you have at least a few good days this week!

© 2014 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

[This quote was contributed by our regular blog reader, David S. If you would like to contribute a favored quote, saying or proverb, please submit it to us at info@SkloverWorkingWisdom.com].

 

Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

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for over 30 years

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