Temp- tation                                                              September  2016 
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Time Off to Vote
With the presidential election less than two months away, it's time to start thinking about how to handle employee requests for time off to vote.

Depending on the employee's work schedule it may not be possible for the employee to vote before or after work, but in Wisconsin employees are entitled to take up to 3 successive hours off of work to vote during a time when the polls are open.  Although polls in Wisconsin are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm every election day, employees are still allowed by law to take time off during the work day if they so desire.    
They must notify their employer before election day, not on election day, and the employer may designate the time of day the employee is allowed to take off of work.  Wisconsin law does not require that employees be paid for the time off.  

Temptation Trivia 

The name Herbert Morrison may not be commonly known, but a 3-word phrase this radio journalist spoke in response to witnessing an aviation disaster is still remembered, and often quoted, nearly 80 years after the tragedy. 


What is the immortal 3-word phrase this journalist spoke, and what was the aviation disaster he was describing?


If you know the answer, call or e-mail your local branch office by noon this Friday.  One winner in each branch will be chosen at random from those that answered correctly, and that person will get treats delivered!  


Last issue answer: The animated sitcom "The Simpsons," about to begin airing its 28th season, got its start in 1987 as animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.       

Amy Pal
Staffing Specialist
Fond du Lac
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Harley-Davidson launched a line of bicycles in 1917 in hopes of recruiting customers for its motorcycles. Besides the traditional diamond frame men's bicycle, models included a step-through frame "Ladies Standard" and a "Boy Scout" for youth. The effort was discontinued in 1923 because of disappointing sales.


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Proposed Bill Would Make Salary History Questions Unlawful 
Legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job 
applicants to provide a salary history will soon be before Congress. The bill's aim is to even the playing field amo ng men and women and minorities doing
substantially the same work.

"Women and minorities often face discrimination in the job application process and in salary negotiations," said Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., in a news release.  She is introducing the bill with co-sponsors Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. 

Pay disparity is compounded when an employer bases a job candidate's wages on that person's previous salary history, according to Norton's office.  

"Many [women and minorities] carry lower salaries for their entire careers simply because of wages at previous jobs that were set unfairly," Norton stated. "Our bill will require employers to offer salaries to prospective employees based on merit, not gender, race or ethnicity."

One benefit of knowing a job applicant's current salary, according to a point-counterpoint article in the April 2016 issue of HR Magazine, is that it lets the hiring manager know if a candidate's current salary exceeds what he prospective employer is able to willing to pay.  

Kathy Gurchiek - SHRM.org
One Minute Ideas
How to Stop Worrying
Worrying can be helpful when it spurs you to take action and solve a problem. But if you're preoccupied with "what ifs" and worst-case scenarios, worry becomes a problem of its own. The good news is that chronic worrying is a habit you can learn how to break. You can train your brain to stay calm and collected and to look at life from a more positive perspective.
Accept uncertainty: The inability to tolerate uncertainty plays a huge role in anxiety and worry. Thinking about all the things that could go wrong doesn't make life any more predictable. So if you want to stop worrying, start by tackling your need for certainty and immediate answers.
Create a worry period: Choose a set time and place for worrying. During your worry period, you're allowed to worry about whatever's on your mind. The rest of the day, however, is a worry-free zone. If an anxious thought or worry comes into your head during the day, make a note of it and postpone it to your worry period. Postponing worrying is effective because it breaks the habit of dwelling on worries in the present moment. As you develop the ability to postpone your anxious thoughts, you'll experience a greater sense of control.
Challenge negative thoughts: As you examine your worries and fears, you'll develop a more balanced perspective. Stop worry by questioning the worried thought. What's the evidence that the thought is true or not true? Is there a more positive, realistic way of looking at the situation? Is the thought helpful? What would I say to a friend who had this worry?
Take care of yourself: A healthy, balanced lifestyle plays a big role in keeping anxiety, fears, and worry at bay. Reach out for support from others, adopt healthy eating habits, limit caffeine and sugar, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.
Adapted from "The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You" by Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D.
Easy Slow Cooker Chili
1 T vegetable oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 (10.75 ounce) cans tomato soup
2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes (with liquid)
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
4 T chili powder
1 t red pepper flakes
1 T garlic powder
1 T ground cumin
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
Salt to taste
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until evenly browned; drain.  Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey, tomato soup, kidney beans, black beans, and onion.  Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt.  Cover, and cook 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.


Inspirational Quote
 A player who makes a team great is more important than a great player.  Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, that's teamwork.  - John Wooden