Benjamin Franklin created the Junto as a club to share ideas and conversations for improving lives and communities. Wow! The original blogger! Just imagine if Benjamin Franklin could Tweet today! That would be great! His rules included that discussions and writings be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry, without dispute or desire to win.… Read More If Benjamin Franklin could Tweet
Today begins the transformation of this website. We are transforming from engineering and business professionals to fulltime unemployed workers. Insert confetti and balloon drop here! Starting today all kinds of fun stuff will be added to this website! First, my book “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter — The Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family”… Read More Onward and Upward
I will be at the Author Fair in Ankeny, Iowa on April 8th. Hope to convince bunches of people to read my book “Iowa’s Devoted Daughter”! I will be giving another fun and fact filled account of early Iowa at the Ankeny Area Historical Museum in June. If you like historical fiction, full of tragedies… Read More Iowa’s Devoted Daughter — the Story of Miss Harriet Louise Ankeny and Her American Family by Karla Wright
A federal judge issued a nationwide junction blocking the DOL’s rule requiring overtime pay for classified exempt (professional or salaried) employees. The judge said the DOL exceeded its authority and ignored Congress’s intent by raising the salary test to such a level that it supplants the duties test. Yes! Exactly! Thank You Judge.
I never thought I would see the day that the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 would be the number one trending topic on Facebook. Sad that the non-elected DOL regulators did not know the law and did not understand the professional workforce culture. Newly graduated engineers and business majors will now have to “punch… Read More December 1 Professionals Become Hourly Workers
The Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of forcing employees to pay union fees/dues and join a public sector labor union. Hopefully the Court will see that it violates free speech and association. Twice I experienced money removed involuntarily from my paycheck and given to a labor union. I did not want to join a… Read More Putting Public Sector Unions to Bed
There is a persistent wage gap in America between what women and men earn. There are two theories explaining the wage gap. One is overt discrimination by employers. The other is societal norms, mores and expectations that influence women’s choices. Choices are type of work, working conditions, scheduling flexibility, proximity to home. The “Mommy Factor”… Read More The Wage Gap
Behavioral scientist, Christine Porath, has been researching incivility in the workplace and its costs for 20 years. She and other researchers find that everyday workplace impoliteness spreads like a virus. When people encounter rude behavior it makes them more likely to respond in kind (or unkind). It’s a vicious cycle. Porath also makes recommendations to… Read More Workplace Rudeness: notice it, report it, document it, measure it, penalize it, remove it!
A spring of 2015 study revealed that 71% of workers are actively seeking or open to a new job and 90% of new hires actively searched for their new job. Of course with the advent of social media and online job advertising, looking for a new job has never been easier! Nevertheless, it is a… Read More Majority of Workers Seeking New Job in 2015
Employer arrests for hiring unauthorized workers are substantially down, dropping from 179 charges against employers in 2013 to 27 charges in 2015. The Obama administration’s near discontinuation of worksite enforcement means that employers now face little risk in hiring illegal workers. An estimated 8 million unauthorized workers are in the U.S. labor force. Enforcement has… Read More Workplace Immigration Laws and Stats
The activist Obama administration is working Overtime! The DOL has proposed a new Salary Test Level for determining exemption from the FLSA. This means employees making less than a certain salary amount are eligible for overtime pay. This also means they have to report their hours, receive permission from supervisors to work outside of normal… Read More New Overtime Salary Test Has Huge Implications
Dear Fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives:I am a strong fiscal conservative and Republican. It is time to pivot on social issues! If we don’t, Republicans won’t survive and our fiscal priorities will be gone forever and maybe even our country. So, therefore, please PLEASE show leadership and pass ENDA! Today the Supreme Court said marriage is… Read More Support ENDA Now!
A lot of noise lately about retail establishments making their employees work on Thanksgiving Day. The critics lament that it should be a day for families to be together and the retailers are money hungry and insensitive to employee needs by remaining open for business. Well, how about all of the other workers in America… Read More Working on Thanksgiving — It’s a Good Thing
U.S. charities give billions annually to those in need. It is no surprise that the Gates foundation rates #1. In 2013 the Gates foundation gave $3.2 billion to charities around the world. The second largest giver was the Ford foundation. The third largest giver was the Walton foundation (Walmart). So you are wondering, where does… Read More America — A Generous People
Although most people know Sarah Josepha Hale as the author of the poem, Mary Had A Little Lamb, she also has a legacy of writing on women’s issues and campaigning for a national day of Thanksgiving. Prior to the Civil War, Hale was troubled about the nation’s lack of unity. She believed that a day… Read More Our National Day of Thanksgiving …. and Unity
I just heard the President say that if he wanted to make more money he would join a union. Bad advice. The best way to improve your worth in the employment market place is to get an education. Don’t join a union. Join an employer who pays based on performance, effort, skill and education required.… Read More Minimum Wage or Join a Union or
Few jobs are actually paid minimum wage. Most workers get $10 an hour and way more. So the hype about the minimum wage hike is a political poke to Republicans to make them look mean and make Democrats look caring. Most employers with federal contracts are already paying employees $10.10 or more, so the EO… Read More Minimum wage hike won’t matter much.
I am recovering from a nasty post holiday cold. Since I am retired, I did not have to make that dreaded, guilt filled, phone call to the boss “I’m sick and not coming to work”. So that’s a relief. A good way to get the flu or cold is to be a teacher, nurse, store… Read More How To Get The Flu At Work
The best bosses and leaders get results by generously giving credit where credit is due. Jack Welch wrote about the “generosity gene” today in his LinkedIn blog. Welch writes: “You’ve seen the generosity gene in action and maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to experience it – a boss who’s overjoyed when you nail an… Read More Generosity at Work
In response to rising costs and mandated changes brought on by the PPACA (Obamacare), a growing number of U.S. organizations are dropping health coverage for retirees or replacing it with subsidies to retirees to purchase plans through the individual market, according to an Aon Hewitt survey. I personally experienced this exact change when 3M Company… Read More U.S. Companies Drop Health Coverage