Employment Law Consultant (12-19-19)

Articles exploring workplace trends selected by an employment law attorney and counselor with a focus is on the prevention of workplace disputes and the development of workplaces which support civility and health.

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Published every Tuesday and Thursday.

Holiday schedule: I will not be posting this Blog on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (Christmas Eve) or on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (New Year’s Eve)


Good Thursday morning.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Best wishes for a merry Christmas.  “The History of Christmas” from History.

HAPPY HANUKKAH: Hanukkah 2019 celebrations start December 22, 2019 and end December 30, 2019. From History, “Hanukkah”

  HAPPINESS: With the approach of the holidays, a  bit of  good news, from Blue Zones,, “Science Says Celebrating Holidays Could Make You Happier” Comments?

  REFLECTIONS 2019:  With the approach of the New Year it is time reflect back on events of the past year. Here’s one interesting  retrospective from The Pew Research Center, “19 striking findings from 2019” Comments?

STRESS:  Stress: good and bad. From the BBC (Worklife) “Is stress good or bad? It’s actually both” Comments?

NEWS SOURCE: Where do you go for the news of the day? From The Pew Research Center, “Trusting the News Media in the Trump Era” Comments?

EDUCATION BENEFIT: Looking for ideas on providing educational opportunities to your workers? From HR Executive, “Employers zero in on education benefits” Comments?

FEWER STUDENTS: The number of students attending college is declining. Why does it matter? From NPR, “Fewer Students Are Going To College. Here’s Why That Matters” Comments?

★ HOMELESS: Have you noticed more homeless people sleeping in public places? From NPR, “Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case To Ticket Homeless For Sleeping In Public Spaces” Comments?

WOMEN LEADERS: A comment on women in leadership positions by Barrack Obama, from the BBC (Asia), “Barack Obama: Women are better leaders than men” Comments?

WORSE CASE: Planning for the unthinkable, from SHRM, “California Employers Should Start Working on Violence-Prevention Plans” Comments?

★ DANGEROUS BIRTH: Did you know that the United States ranks as one of the most dangerous developed nations to become pregnant and give birth? From PBS, “700 new moms die each year in the U.S. Could Medicaid help?” Comments?

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