The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became law in our state as of February 11th. This law requires all public and private employers to provide paid and unpaid earned sick and safe leave to eligible employees. According to the new law, an eligible employee can use earned sick and safe time for medical needs, such as, employee or family members mental and physical illness, injury, or medical visits including preventive care. As well, the law provides for maternity or paternity leave (to bond with a child). Other reasons for time-off include recovering from domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking (including […]

Women & Retirement Planning

Having been raised primarily by my mother, I’ve witnessed the many challenges that women can face when planning their finances. Whether it’s raising a child and working full time (or multiple jobs), coping with financial distress after a divorce, earning less than their male counterparts, or planning for a longer retirement, women often find themselves playing catch-up. Although equal pay has been the law since 1963, women are still paid less than men – even with similar education, skills, and experience. The National Women’s Law Center estimates that women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar a man was […]

Where Do I Start?

  When you started a new job, how were you introduced to your new role? What do you think should be included in that introduction? How long do you think that introduction should last? When an individual starts a new job the first few weeks feel like a trial run on both sides. The company is seeing if this hire is still a good fit for the position and the employee is checking to be sure they want to continue with the role. This is where the concept of onboarding is crucial. Onboarding is the process in which new employees […]

Dress for Success

Have you ever caught a glimpse of what an individual was wearing and asked yourself “what makes them think that was a good idea?” You probably have. Now, one would imagine that most of these poor decisions would not make it to the front door of a recruitment office, right? Well, sometimes that’s incorrect. There’ve been occasions where we have refused to conduct interviews because the candidate presented to the office with less-than-appropriate attire. One memorable example was a candidate for a bedside clinical position presenting themselves in a t-shirt and animal-print leggings. We really need to consider the impression […]

Tax Withholding Changes

  As a result of the tax law changes late last year, the IRS has published updated income tax withholding tables (Irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/n1036.pdf). Due to these changes, you might see that your net income has increased over the past month. While normally a good thing, this change could create a situation in which you owe the government money when filing your 2018 taxes. In a previous article, I suggested getting a rough idea of how the tax changes may impact your bottom line. Now that the withholding tables have been changed, I think that getting an estimate of your 2018 tax […]

Joy’s Journey Through the Workplace

We recently met with one of our openly transgender employees and decided it would be fantastic to feature her in one of our articles. For us, it was a unique opportunity to write about a topic we had never done before. Our employee was excited to discuss her journey with us. It was so refreshing to meet someone so transparent, so resilient, and so positive. Joy began relaying her story to us by taking us back to 2007. She had been working at a major furniture retailer as a customer service manager. At that time, before disclosing to her vice […]

Bringing Just Culture to Your Workplace

An employee is running late and parks out front of the office building, runs inside to punch the time clock, and then returns to their car to park in their assigned area, The employee arrives to their department ten minutes after their shift starts. Sound familiar? We’ve all experienced the situation where we are disciplined for an action or behavior that we may or may not have full control over. Maybe we’ve also experienced the other side of the table – doling out the punishments rather than receiving them. It certainly is easy to take control of one, two, or […]

Tax Time Shortcuts Tips to make April 15th feel like July 4th

By now you should have received your W2 or 1099 forms for all the work you’ve been paid for in the past year, more than $599.99, and other forms of income. That’s right it’s tax season. So why would a tech article talk about taxes? Today most taxes are submitted electronically by either the taxpayer or a tax preparer. There are several things you can do to electronically prepare your taxes. First, I recommend scanning your documents into a PDF format, or downloading them from your employer’s website, or other places you get tax documents. The IRS accepts electronic documents […]

My 2¢ on Bitcoin

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is an open-source, digital currency. That means that pretty much anyone can help create (or mine) Bitcoins and it’s only used for electronic payments. Because the currency is all digital, it’s not tied to a country and can pass quickly and anonymously as payment between people or people and companies. Where can you use Bitcoin? You can use Bitcoin as online payments to other people and there are some ATMs that can be used to withdrawal your Bitcoins in exchange for local currency. There are also some companies – such as Expedia, Virgin Galactic, Overstock.com, Zynga, […]

How to Salvage Potentially Damaging Office Situations

This week we were able to salvage a potentially damaging office situation with a client group. In a team meeting where the main topic was engagement and communication, a supervisor was sharing his point of view with the audience (of almost 50 people). As he was speaking, he kept using the phrase “when I was just an employee.” As we were standing in front of the group, we could see some raised eyebrows and concerned facial expressions. Quick to see this reaction, we were able to nip this in this in the bud by asking the speaker to clarify his […]