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January 2021
Eileen's Lesson
I once had a medical procedure and as customary, just prior, the physician went over all the potentially horrible things that could happen as a result of the procedure.
He then followed with the famous, “Do you have any questions?” I asked if any of those items he listed had ever happened to him. His response was telling. He said, “Any doctor who tells you that nothing has ever gone wrong in a procedure is either lying or has not performed enough procedures.” Excellent reply.

One of my favorite interview questions is “What is your biggest professional mistake and what have you learned from it?” My goal is two-fold. I want to learn how the person has grown, but I also want to know that the person admits they have made mistakes. A person who says they have never made a mistake is either lying or simply just doesn’t have enough work experience.

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How to Manage Your Stress When the Sky Is Falling

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Appropriations Act Permits Midyear FSA Elections

The Consolidated Appropriations Act allows participants to roll over all unused amounts in their health and dependent care flexible spending accounts (FSAs) from 2020 to 2021 and from 2021 to 2022, and to change their FSA contribution rates.

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Gov. Hogan suspends some unemployment insurance increases

Gov. Larry Hogan has signed an order protecting Maryland businesses from "substantial or sudden increases" in their unemployment taxes caused by having to furlough or lay off workers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Montgomery County, MD Amends Ban-the-Box Legislation

Bill 35-20 expands the scope of the previous legislation by prohibiting background checks until after a conditional job offer has been extended, and redefining “employer” in Montgomery County.

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