The FMLA is the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. It is the main federal law that employees in the United States rely on when they need an extended period of time off from their jobs for maternity leave, or extended sick leave, or in order to care for an ill family member. Even though most workers will either need this sort of leave at some point during their careers or will know someone who does, there are some things that most people just don't know about this law. Here are just a few facts that you may not have known:
There’s no question that if you are looking for a job, you should be leveraging LinkedIn. As the most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn is not just a place for you to look for listings and connect with colleges, but the number one place recruiters go to head-hunt for candidates that they think might be the best fit for a job at their company -- even for jobs that haven’t been listed yet.
Browsing on Craigslist for a new job recently? You may have seen ads for jobs such as "Social Media Ninja" or "Keyboard Rockstar." At first glance, you may have no idea what these jobs actually do -- are they looking for someone skilled in karate, or perhaps even with a record label?
Getting along with co-workers people can be hard, especially during the holiday season, which offers a particular challenge: how to avoid eating everyone's leftover candy, home-baked treats, and edible gifts, without alienating team members.
Who wouldn't want to work from home, possibly in their pajamas, rather than deal with the stress of a commute and the inflexibility of a normal corporate schedule? Unfortunately, scammers know this, and create opportunities that are anything but. If you're interested in telecommuting full-time, but aren't lucky enough to have an employer who would consider a WFH arrangement, it pays to know how to spot the fakes and frauds among the genuine job listings.
Recently, billionaire investor Mark Cuban declared that fixing the student debt crisis is the most important thing our government can do to restore the national economy. His idea: cap federal student loans at $10,000 per student, per year. Few would argue that student loan debt isn’t a problem of epic proportions, but Cuban’s explanation of the crisis and his solution resulted in mixed reactions.
There is no guarantee that your body language alone will get you a job -- you have to have the right educational background and skill set, too. However, when you are competing for a position with other candidates who look as good as you on paper, subtle interactions during your interview can make significant differences. Avoid mistakes and look your best for your soon-to-be employers.
Hey, did you forget something? No, it's not your anniversary, and it's not your boss's birthday. (Probably.) It is, however, Halloween, and if you don't have a costume yet, the good news is that you don't need to panic. You can make an excellent Halloween costume without even leaving your office building, just by using the stuff you've already got on hand.
Your manager wants to meet with you and has set up a time with your local HR contact. There’s been a complaint against you about some action or behavior that violates company policies. Whether or not you're guilty, your employer is required to conduct an investigation, and you may or may not have anybody on your side. This is surely a bad situation to be in, but knowing what to expect and how to handle your case could help.
Some days, you’re too busy to eat lunch, and even when you do get a chance to eat, you don't always get a break to do it in. If you generally wind up eating at your desk, sandwich in one hand while you type emails with the other, it's time to change your ways. Reserve a little time for a real lunch, and you'll be healthier, happier, and more productive.
One-on-one meetings are a critical component of communication at the office. It's one of the few moments of the week you get to check in with your employees on both a personal and professional level. As your schedule is likely packed, this half hour or hour is important to make sure your team stays on track -- but the time can fly right on by. So how can you make the most of this time?