Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sexual Orientation in Springfield

As a college student, my employment law and managerial courses focus on Federal law rather than state or local laws. To compensate for this, I keep an eye on local and state news to help keep me up-to-date on new or pending laws so that I can respond intelligently to interview questions regarding laws that are unique to Missouri or Springfield. I was browsing through the local newspaper online when I ran across an editorial piece that discussed an issue that the Springfield City Council has been asked to reconsider.
city hall, springfield, missouri
"City Hall, Springfield, MO" by Al Turner CC By-NC-ND 2.0

Friday, March 22, 2013

Miscommunication and Perception of Prejudice

Michael Belk, a.k.a. "Ethical Behavior Boy" wrote an article about cultural diversity in the workplace. In response to his article, I wrote an article arguing that structural discrimination, the neutral policies that unintentionally harm or impede minorities, is a major barrier to diversity in the workplace. Within 24 hours of publishing it, I nuked it. Why? Because the one comment I received on the post was a personal attack, and that comment made me realize that my argument was wrong.

Friday, March 15, 2013

"If You Don't Have Anything Nice Constructive to Say..."

A couple of weeks ago I was reading Victorio Milian's article, "You Should be Fabulous!" in which he shared some of his mother's wisdom with readers. Reading Victorio's article made me reflect on some of the wisdom that my mom shared with me when I was little. The first phrase that came to mind was, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. While this philosophy served me well as a tactless and brash child, it did not serve me well as a more tactful and empathetic adult.
"Flower Face" by Enokson CC By 2.0

Friday, March 8, 2013

Common Myths About the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

During my time working for multiple employers, participating in discussions on HR Toolbox, and attending college courses, I have run across several employment-law related myths that address issues such as overtime, time away from work, and schedule changes. While these myths are excellent examples of fair and equitable employment practices, employers are not required by law to implement them.

Friday, March 1, 2013

A Week in my Life

I don't normally write round-up posts, but it's been an eventful week, and I thought I'd share what I've learned this week.
"Book Addiction" by Emily Carlin CC By-ND 2.0