Temp- tation                                                                   October  2016 
In this issue
FLSA OT Rule Challenged 

As the deadline for the new FLSA overtime rule approaches, 21 states (including Wisconsin) and 50 business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, 
have filed lawsuits against the Department of Labor to challenge the constitutionality of the rule.  

The rule, set to take effect on December 1, 2016, increases the amount that an employee must be paid to qualify as "salaried" from $23,660 to $47,476.   

Temptation Trivia 

Two months ago the world lost comedic acting legend (and Milwaukee, Wisconsin native) Gene Wilder.  


In one of his best known films, Wilder played the grandson of a famous "mad scientist" who is compelled to continue his grandfather's experiments.  


What is the name of this classic horror/comedy film, and what is the name of Aerosmith's top 10 song that was inspired by a line from the movie?  


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: Herbert Morrison was the radio journalist who spoke the immortal words, "Oh, the humanity," during his reporting of the explosion of the Hindenburg airship in 1937.   

Tracey Miller 
Branch Manager
20 years
Andrea Turnquist
Senior Staffing 
Stevens Point
9 years    

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Fun Facts 

Since 1936 there have been multiple reported sightings of a "werewolf" in both Jefferson County and Elkhorn, Wisconsin.  

The creature is said to be between 7 and 8 feet tall, covered in dark brown fur, and have a face similar to that of a dog.  

Many of the sightings in Elkhorn, Wisconsin have occurred on Bray Road, which lead to the creature being nicknamed the "Beast of Bray Road."  


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Unemployment Insurance Updates   
Lower Tax Rate Schedule for 2017 Rates
The UI trust fund exceeded the $900 million threshold  needed to trigger a lower UI tax rate schedule for 2017.  

The UI balance was $980 million on June 30, 2016, the statutory date for measuring  the balance used to determine the required tax schedule for the following year.  The lower tax rate schedule is expected to reduce the total tax burden on covered UI employers by an estimated $38 million in 2017.  

Pre-employment Drug Testing
Under a new UI initiative, Wisconsin employers may report the name of anyone who either fails or refuses to take a pre-employment drug test that is a condition for an offer of employment.  Failing or refusing to take a pre-employment drug test is treated as a refusal of suitable work.  

If the claimant fails a pre-employment drug test and agrees to undergo drug treatment and complete a skills assessment, they can continue to collect UI benefits while they address the underlying barriers preventing them from being work-ready.  
One Minute Ideas
Networking tips
Use social networks prior to the event - Use Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks to find out who else is there.  Look at their profiles to find common ground, and introduce yourself.
Concentrate on making a few strong contacts - Networking, like so many other things, is about quality over quantity.  Instead of trying to meet everyone in the room, focus on 3 or 4 people and really get to know them.  These stronger relationships always pay off, and continue to blossom long after the event.
Be an "introducer" - A good networker brings new people into the circle and introduces them. They'll remember you for it and pay it forward in the future.  Of course, you'll have to be good at remembering names to do this.  Try using a new contacts name a lot when you first meet them, this will keep it in your memory longer.
Never, ever let people stand alone - Don't ever let anyone stand by themselves.  No one likes being left on their own at an event. We've all been there, standing in the corner, shuffling, uncomfortable.  If you see someone on their own ask them to join your group.  You know you'd appreciate it if someone did the same for you.

   Amanda Webb - www.spiderworking.com     
Cream-Filled Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
Cookie Ingredients
3¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Filling Ingredients:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon-sugar coating:
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
Dash of allspice
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together. Set aside.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium high speed until fluffy about 2-3 minutes.
Blend in pumpkin puree, beat in egg, and then add vanilla. Slowly add dry ingredients on low speed just until combined. Cover and chill dough for an hour.

To make the cream cheese filling, blend cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla together. Chill for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350, and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and spices for the coating and set aside.

To make the cookies, take a tablespoon of the cookie batter. Flatten it like a pancake and place a teaspoon of the cream cheese in center. Form another tablespoon of the cookie batter into a flat pancake shape and place on top of the cream cheese. Pinch the edges together sealing in the cream cheese. Coat both sides with the cinnamon sugar coating and place on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.

Flatten the cookies with a heavy-bottomed glass.

Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes or until the tops start to crack. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack. Enjoy!


Inspirational Quote
 Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.   - Jack Canfield