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Moms to the Rescue: How to Begin Once It is Time to Return to Work

Are you one of the unsung heroes of the pandemic?  You know, a mom who had to ditch a promising career so your kids would not be home alone?  Have you spent the last year deciphering math mats with your child, wrangling the unemployment system, and soothing your stressed-out significant other?   If it feels like you time-warped to the sixties, that’s because …

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Are You in the Weeds on Marijuana Drug Testing?

What do the new drug testing rules and long-term marijuana users have in common?  Confusion, paranoia, and poor judgments!  [i] [ii]   Remember when drug and alcohol policies in the workplace used to be cut and dried?   A candidate or employee’s positive test meant refusal, dismissal, or a last-chance rehab at the employer’s discretion.  Now, with newly legal pot-friendly states popping up every month, hiring managers …

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Could these Biden Regulations Help or Hurt Your Small Business’s Bottom Line?

President Joe Biden signed more executive orders (EO) on his first day than the previous three presidents combined, the most ever by his third week.  While 15 of 42 actions are aimed at fighting the coronavirus, the remaining orders, proclamations, and memos (see the difference here) affect labor, HR policy, employment, immigration, resources like power and water, and supply chains.  …

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Are Employers Competing with Government Enhanced Benefits

The hardest work in the world is being out of work.   So said Whitney M. Young, the civil rights leader who fought to end employment inequity.  Today, 10.7 million Americans are experiencing this hard work because of COVID shutdowns and the slow economy.  Fortunately, last year jobless workers received much-needed economic relief through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic …

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Start Your New Job with a Clean Financial Slate!

January is a hot month for hiring.  If you are starting a new job, you may feel that excited, jittery sensation imagining how this opportunity will transform your life, career, and finances.  Before you get carried away imagining how you will spend your first paycheck, why not give some thought to building a healthy and secure financial future? Discover Your …