The world is filled with noise, both literal and metaphorical, and there are times when everyday distractions make it difficult or impossible to focus on the task at hand. Consider that, on average, employees check their e-mail 36 times an hour and spend 2 hours each day just recovering from distractions. For many, those disruptions […]
Working mothers who return to the workplace after childbirth and wish to pump breast milk recently received enhanced legal protection when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislation requiring employers to provide paid lactation breaks and private locations at the worksite.
Working from home isn’t necessarily for everyone. While some people thrive in the flexibility and independence working from home can offer, others crave greater human interaction and may struggle to stay focused amid all the potential home distractions. In this post, we provide some strategies for avoiding those distractions.
In recent years, there has been an increase in remote working, which, in turn, has created a rise in shorter employee vacations. In the past, employees often opted for extended weeks of vacation time so they could get away from the office and spend some much-needed time at home.
OfficeTeam recently released a survey exploring the true nature of the lunch hour in America. The findings show a landscape where lunch breaks are shorter, fewer workers take them, and when they do, over half use it to surf the net or social media.
Many people today lead inactive lifestyles, and the rates of obesity have been increasing for years. Many chronic conditions can result from or be exacerbated by a lack of physical activity—which means that individuals and employers alike may suffer.
Ah, Labor Day. Family barbecues, a trip to the beach, your last chance to wear white, time spent napping and binging on Netflix, or just a simple day of relaxation. However you spent the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed some rest from your labors. As an employment lawyer and a mother, the word “labor” […]
by Michelle Dougherty With the recent emphasis on the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) regarding employers’ affirmative duties to pregnant employees, it is important for employers to remember that they also have obligations when employees return to work after childbirth. Specifically, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers have […]
by Boyd Byers Pop diva Lady Gaga affectionately refers to her fans as “little monsters.” But she recently became acquainted with a big monster― the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Jennifer O’Neill, who worked as Gaga’s personal assistant, sued the pop star’s company, Mermaid Touring, Inc., for FLSA violations. She says she was continuously on […]
Last week, I had occasion to return to Chicago, which was my stomping grounds for nearly a decade in the 1990s and early 2000s. While I was there, I spent time with a former colleague, reminiscing about the good old days. We were both still in our 20s when we began working together nearly 20 […]