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Al’s Perspective

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My View: “Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”.

2019 218

Gross Up – Key Words & Phrases

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What is the meaning of. Gross Up”? Everyone is legally permitted to try to avoid taxes – I did not say “evade” taxes – or to pay as little as permissible, in any legal way available to them. For employees, the most common opportunity to do so is when they incur work-related expenses that may require them to pay taxes on some of the reimbursement.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“So much has been given to me, I have no time to ponder what has been denied.” ” – Helen Keller. Helen Keller was left blind and deaf by an illness at age two.

2019 130

Mother’s Day

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“God could not be everywhere and. therefore he invented mothers.”. – Jewish Saying. To every mother, grandmother, and great grand-mother out there, THANKS. Today is Your Day. It’s even named after you.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” ” – Stevie Wonder. First of all, Stevie Wonder is, for me, one of the true Wonders of the World. There is something nearly beyond human in his music and lyrics. Last week I listened to a podcast about music. Someone mentioned that Stevie Wonder had agreed to appear at a charitable event for a small charity, and to do one song. The charity was more than thrilled.

2019 100

Did You Know That. Employer-Paid Moving Expenses are Now Taxed as Employee Income?

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Yes, the 2018 “Tax Reform” law in the U.S. made employer-paid and employer-reimbursed relocation costs – even when your moving is requested by the employer – income to the employee, and thus taxed to the employee? Yikes!

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.” ” – Simone Weil. This observation upon the human experience is, to me, extremely profound, near universal and very powerful.

2019 130

Cinco de Mayo

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To All Our Friends. Who Celebrate. Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo literally translates from Spanish as “Fifth Day of May.”

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ” – St. Francis of Assisi. Boy, oh boy, do I love this quote.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“You can’t be what you can’t see.” ” – Marian Wright Edelman. This quote is a keen observation of the fact that your vision for yourself, to a degree, may be limited by your experiences, if you permit that to happen.

2019 130

Happy Easter

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To All our Friends Who Celebrate Easter: The Essential Message Of Easter is Hope. Is there any better Message to Celebrate? Happy Easter! 2019 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

2019 130

A Passover Thought

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To All Our Friends Who Celebrate. Passover: May your Matzoh Balls be light. May your Horse Radish be strong. May your Wine be sweet. May you never forget how precious is Freedom from Oppression and Slavery, the meaning and lesson of this wonderful Holiday. Have a Zinsict Pesach! 2019 Alan L. Sklover.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Fashion is made to become unfashionable.” ” – Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel was the legendary orphanage-raised French fashion designer who founded the iconic Chanel brand. She is credited with freeing women from the constraints of staid fashion.

2019 130

“No Re-Hire” Clause in my Severance Agreement – Why??

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Question: My employer was purchased by a competitor, and a large group of us were chosen for layoff. As part of the severance offer, I have to sign an agreement. One of the sections of the severance agreement has the title “No Re-Hire; No Application.”. It says that I will never again “seek to regain employment by the Company or any company that is affiliated with the Company.”. I haven’t done anything to deserve this, and so I am wondering why they would take that attitude toward me.

2019 100

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“I’m going to take the high road because the low road is so crowded.” ” – Mia Farrow. It is so, so tempting to “fight fire with fire,” to throw back at others the “bricks” they throw at you. I’ll admit it: I share temptations to “honk when I am honked at.”

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.” ” – Ernest Hemingway. Don’t let the starkness – or darkness – of this quote hide its living message: Don’t forget to have some fun. Don’t ever stop doing things simply for the fun of it.

2019 153

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“I like gardening – it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.” ” – Alice Sebold. This is one quote I heartily endorse.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.” ” – Cheryl Richardson. It is so, so true.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“A slim settlement is worth more than a fat lawsuit.” ” – Yiddish Proverb. Let this lawyer of 36 years tell you the truth: this proverb is quite wise. Or, as one lawyer once defined a lawsuit for me: “A lawsuit is a $200 court filing fee and a dream.”

2019 130

Saint Patrick’s Day

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To All Our Friends Of Irish Descent, and All Who are Blessed with the Irish Spirit: “May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold — And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.” ” Happy St. Paddy’s Day. from All of Us at. SkloverWorkingWisdom.com.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” ” – Dale Carnegie. Hey, Al. easier said than done.” Yes, I know that.

2019 130

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“The time has come to worship with our lives as with our lips, in the streets as in the sanctuaries.” ” – Maurice Davis.

2019 130

Voluntary – Key Words & Phrases

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Be on the lookout for. Voluntary,” as in “Voluntary Departure,” “Voluntary Resignation” or “Voluntary Waiver”. You’re quite likely to find the word “voluntary” in several work-related legal documents. If you do notice it, that word may be very advantageous to you.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity.” ” – Amelia Earhart.

2019 130

TRENDS @ WORK – Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”

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Bully Boss’ed is the New “MeToo”. It’s a trend, and a growing trend: the workplace is becoming more uncivil, at times hostile, and more often than we’d like, downright brutal.

2018 179

Did You Read about Glassdoor.com.?

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Wall Street Journal Analysis: “Companies Game Glassdoor Rankings”. According to a recently published report by The Wall Street Journal, there’s good reason to doubt the credibility of Glassdoor employer rankings that so many employees use to decide which employers to work for.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The second kick of the mule can’t teach you anything more than the first kick should have.” ” – Farmer’s Proverb. Walking behind a mule is a dangerous mistake, and can result in a kick you won’t soon forget. Hopefully, you will have learned its lesson, and will not forget it.

2019 130

Chinese New Year

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On This First Day of the Chinese New Year. – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Ancestry: Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Never hesitate to charge hell with a bucket of water.” ” – Liz Carpenter. Aide to President Lyndon Johnson). sometimes it just takes near-crazy dedication, zeal, and enthusiasm to achieve your goals, even the biggest ones. People tell you that your dreams “Can’t be done”?

2019 130

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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“When I marched in Selma, I felt my legs were praying.” ” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Every now and then there appears a person who reminds us of our highest aspirations.

2019 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“In my last job it was dog-eat-dog. In my present job, it’s the exact opposite.” ” – Mitch Daniels. President, Purdue University. At work, so often we think “On my next job, things will all be better.

2019 130

Happy New Year

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To All of Our Blog Readers, Friends, Clients and Colleagues: “Our BEST WISHES for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful NEW YEAR”. Thank you so very sincerely for making 2018 – our ELEVENTH year of publication – successful beyond our expectations.

2019 130

Happy Kwanzaa

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Kwanzaa is derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanzaa,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” ” It is a celebration of family, community and culture of those of African descent worldwide, celebrated from December 26 through January 1 of each year.

2018 130

Merry Christmas

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To all our Readers, Friends and Colleagues, regardless of faith: Our Best Wishes to You and Your Family for a Very Merry Christmas. This holiday is one we have all come to identify with as a time of joy, a time of giving, a time of wonder, and a time of warmth.

2018 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“A nick here, a nick there. pretty soon you are bleeding to death.” ” – Arthur Ashe, Pro Tennis Player (describing the tennis style of John McEnroe). Everyone has their own way of “negotiating.”

2018 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reason. They just couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.” ” – Jay Leno. In this “holiday season,” let’s remember that “holiday” is derived from “holy day.”

2018 130

New Feedback

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Lately we have received a lot of wonderful feedback. hope you don’t mind our sharing one recent example with you: Dear Sklover Team, I recently found your website, and used its information and guidance.

2018 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better.” ” – John Updike. At work, whether engaged in simple or complex tasks, as part of mundane or artistic assignments, put care into what you do.

2018 130

Happy Hanukkah

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On This First Night of Hanukkah – A Message for all our Friends, Regardless of Faith: Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of “the light,” the miracle that it exists, and the miracle that it endures. Each of us can be a “light unto the world” in our own lives.

2018 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” ” – Lucy Larcom. Whether it is the temperature outside, or the way others seem to treat you, the cold can make you feel downright uncomfortable, and tempted to withdraw inside yourself.

2018 130

Job Security Secret: If you hear “At Will,” think “Unless Otherwise Agreed” (“U.O.A.”)

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Job Security Secret: If you hear “At Will,” think “ Unless Otherwise Agreed ” (“ U. Whenever an employee talks about having no Job Security, they almost always mention that they are only an “at will” employee.” The discussion should not end there. Most people know that “at will” employment means that either the employer or the employee may end their work relation at any time. It is a kind of harsh freedom for each party to end the work relation.

2019 100

For Thanksgiving Day:

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“On many holidays, we celebrate our independence. On Thanksgiving, we acknowledge our dependence.”. – William Jennings Bryan. 2018 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

2018 130

Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When someone tells me ‘no’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It simply means I can’t do it with them.” ” – Karen E. Quinones. I can attest to having this experience maybe 100 times in my life.

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