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Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

Before The FLSA, Labor Conditions Were Like This

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938. It establishes a minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and child labor standards affecting full-time and part-time workers. For the past 80 years, this law has...
How to Create an Apprenticeship Program

How to Create an Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship programs prepare workers to compete in today’s changing economy. It’s a great idea to implement a program in your workplace because it’s a win-win-win situation that benefits employers, employees, and workforce systems.

Exploring IKEA’s New Parental Leave Program

Exploring IKEA’s New Parental Leave Program

Starting Jan. 1, 2017, all Ikea employees will receive up to four months of paid parental leave. Regardless if employees are paid hourly or by salary, working in the stores or in the corporate offices, male or female, regardless of sexual orientation or even giving...
3 Tips for Being More Productive Every Day

3 Tips for Being More Productive Every Day

At times, we all get distracted by random bouts of chaos in life. We need to get back on the wagon and back to being successful again. To be more productive in your life, you must stay motivated and focused. Push yourself to keep going and do not get easily...
The Challenges Female Entrepreneurs Continue to Face

The Challenges Female Entrepreneurs Continue to Face

Today’s business landscape is extremely different from the past. Women are beginning to find their voice in the business community. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, there are currently 9.1 million women business owners in the...
The 5 Steps of Effectively Managing an Unhappy Email

The 5 Steps of Effectively Managing an Unhappy Email

In the age of digital communication, employers and managers often find themselves fielding complaints from employees over email. While this may not seem like a strange fact, for anyone born before the dawn of the internet, learning how to effectively manage these...