Happy Thanksgiving!

“Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, and events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events in your life.” Stephanie Conkle

Stop the presses! New DOL overtime rule NOT taking effect on December 1st!

As reported here: http://www.hrdive.com/news/flsa-overtime-rule-blocked-preliminary-injunction-granted/431018/ and here: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/22/503081151/federal-judge-blocks-obama-administrations-overtime-pay-rule a Texas court has granted a nationwide injunction barring the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule from taking effect on December 1st as expected. Employers are under no obligation to make any changes to either an employee’s compensation level, exempt classification, or timekeeping procedures as may have been… Read more »

Supervisor’s Comments Lead To Age Discrimination Suit

In a case that illustrates how a supervisor’s ill-advised comments can come back to haunt a company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently revived a discrimination case by an older employee who had been laid off. In Sharp v. Aker Plant Services Group, Inc., the plaintiff accused his employer of age… Read more »

Three Ways Successful Leaders Fight Disengagement

When Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and other excellent books, spent some time among West Point cadets, he came away with additional insights into the characteristics of successful leaders. Based on this experience, he wrote an article in Inc. magazine that describes a three-part formula for successful leadership in the workplace. Here’s an… Read more »

Workplace Substance Abuse: $100,000,000 A Year – And Growing

That’s how much the federal government estimates that drug and alcohol abuse costs American businesses. Nearly three in four adult abusers are employed, some of them perhaps by you! You might know these people by their absenteeism rate: they’re off the job at 2.5 times the rate of the average employee. There is no federal… Read more »

Employer Sponsored Disability Insurance: Meeting A Need

A recent study by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) spotlights the value of employer sponsored disability coverage in helping meet the health and financial well-being of workers. According the Social Security Administration, one in every four employees will use their disability coverage at some point. Despite this need, the nationwide survey found that fewer… Read more »

Editor’s Column: On Being Stupid

The college football world was rocked at the beginning of the 2013 season by the possibility that its shining star, Johnny Football” Manziel, 2013’s freshman Heisman trophy winner, was going to have to sit out the season because he violated NCAA guidelines by selling his autograph. Luckily for everyone, the issue went away. Although one can debate all… Read more »

Many Cancer Survivors Can Afford Life Insurance

Not that long ago a diagnosis of cancer often meant a death sentence. Fortunately, rapid advances in early detection and treatment during the past three decades have led to a dramatic rise in the odds of surviving the disease. The result: it’s easier than ever for cancer survivors to find life insurance at an affordable… Read more »

Term Life Insurance: The Conversion Option

  Term life insurance is temporary, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. Most term life policies sold today can be converted to permanent whole life or universal life which will provide coverage until you die and can offer significant advantages. When you convert from term life to permanent, you won’t have to answer… Read more »

Work-Life Plans Boost Value Of Voluntary Benefits

Voluntary benefits have been gaining traction with employers and employees as valuable supplemental coverage to a core benefits package. For example, in today’s age of skyrocketing medical costs, programs such as Disability, Accident, and Critical Illness insurance are increasingly popular with workers concerned about paying for health care. Although these primary plans have been garnering… Read more »