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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Sklover Working Wisdom

“How did things ever get so far? I don’t know. It was so unfortunate, so unnecessary.” ” – Don Corleone, “The Godfather”. It happens to everyone, every once in a while: a difference becomes a dispute becomes a war. “It It is so unfortunate, so unnecessary.”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” ” – Chinese Proverb. Oh, sure, this saying is quite common and often considered trite. But, too, it is important to keep in mind in these difficult times. Take a positive step instead of being angry at those who take negative ones. Engage in an act of kindness instead of being angry at those who hate. Do what’s right instead of being upset at those who do what is wrong.

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Al’s Perspective

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

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Independence Day

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“The bravest things we do in our lives are usually known only to ourselves.”. – Peggy Noonan. You might not have thought about it, but Lady Liberty always stands by herself. The quest to be free, and to help others be free, is first and foremost an internal quest.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“There is no one luckier than he who thinks himself so.” ” – German Proverb. This is a pure and penetrating insight into the power of perspective. We can pity ourselves, we can enjoy ourselves, or we can empower ourselves, simply by how we choose to see ourselves.

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“HR says my PEP (Performance Enhancement Plan) is not a PIP. True?”

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Question: Two weeks ago I received from my manager a document with the title “Performance Enhancement Plan.” It basically says that I am not performing satisfactorily (which is untrue), and unless I immediately improve drastically in vague ways (like “make me feel confident in you”) in 60 days, I could get terminated.

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Memorial Day

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“It is not where you serve, but how you serve.” ” – J. Rubin Clark. If you have not visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., please consider doing so. It is not flashy or grand, but simple and direct, like the men and women it honors.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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On This First Day of Ramadan

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– A Message for All our Friends Who Observe This Holy Month: As the crescent moon is sighted, and the holy month of Ramadan begins, may Allah bless you and your family with happiness and grace you with warmth and peace!! 2019 Alan L. Sklover All Rights Reserved. Commercial Use Prohibited

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“Be a voice, not an echo.” ” – Albert Einstein. We all have our own unique experiences, our own unique perspectives, our own unique special “gifts” to share with others. Together, they comprise our own unique voices. The toughest part is listening to it ever so intently, and discovering what that “voice” is, and what it sings. While we are tempted – even encouraged by some – to “echo” the voices of others, your own special gift is your own unique voice.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I lived through this horror, I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ” – Eleanor Roosevelt. All I can add to this true wisdom by a truly valiant woman, one who has championed human rights her entire life, is that I wholly agree with her. This quote was transmitted by Gloria G.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Father’s Day

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.”. – Jim Valvano. All dads know the truth: being a father is all about giving. This is the day you hope to hear, just this once, “Thanks.” Hold on to that thought; it may be a year before you hear it again. Like my son, Sam, once told me, “Father’s Day is just like Mother’s Day, only I don’t have to buy a present.” Oh, well…being a father is still my favorite hobby.

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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.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“How do kids spell ‘love’? – Unknown. In this hectic, demanding, time-squeezed life we live, it is increasingly the case that we give to those at work, and shortchange those in our personal lives, especially the little ones, who need our time and attention. It’s tough to choose, but it’s also important to pause and think about how we can accomplish both. Are there not times that could be given more to children and less to work?

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“Lawyer on Contingency Fee?” – Who “Swallows” the Expenses?

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“Be careful who you trust – The devil was once an angel”. – Unknown. ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES : Wendy hired an attorney to represent her in a lawsuit against a former employer. Her agreement with the attorney said that attorney would represent her on a “contingency” basis, meaning that the attorney would be paid only if the lawsuit was successful, and then he would be entitled to 1/3 of the proceeds.

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.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

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“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts.” ” – Larry Ellison, Founder of Oracle Corporation. Whether you “see things others don’t,” “dance to the beat of a different drummer,” are “ahead of your time,” or have a rather odd “vision” of how things work, or should work, you are almost by definition a “nut.”

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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.

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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”?

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We’re pleased to offer another new “Model Letter”:

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Request for “Tax Gross Up” for Reimbursed Relocation, Education, Travel or other Workplace Expense. If your employer requests that you incur an expense related to your work, with the assurance that you will be reimbursed for it, that reimbursement might just be treated as income, and you might have to pay tax on all of it, or part of it. This result is often required by federal tax law, and at other times by IRS regulations.

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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.

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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.

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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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