Temp-tation                                                              November 2013 
In this issue
HR Humor
Smokers' Rights
Temptation Trivia
Fun Facts
UC Law Changes
One Minute Ideas
HR Humor
A new hotel employee was asked to clean the elevators and report back to the supervisor when he was done. When the employee failed to appear at the end of the day the supervisor assumed that, like many others, he had simply not liked the job and left, however, after four days the supervisor bumped into the employee, who was cleaning in one of the elevators. "Have you been cleaning these elevators for four days?" asked the supervisor. "Yes sir," said the employee, "It's a big job - there are over forty of them, two on each floor, and sometimes they are not even there."
Refusing to Hire Smokers... 
Is it Legal?  
While there is no federal law that protects smokers, there are 29 states (including Wisconsin) where it is illegal to refuse to hire people just because they smoke (although you can turn them down for other, legitimate reasons).

Temptation Trivia 


Now a standard feature in most cars, this device first was placed in cars sold to the public in 1973.


Name the device, and the make and model of the first car (for sale to the public) that incorporated it.  


If you know the answer, call your local branch office.  The first person in each market to call with the correct answer will get treats delivered!  


Last issue answer: The album that has spent the most weeks on the Billboard top 200 charts is "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd.       

Carrie Weber
Staffing Specialist
13 years

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Fun Facts 

Most people know that Harry Houdini and Frank Lloyd Wright were from Wisconsin, 

but here are a few more famous names that you may not know were Wisconsinites:  


Douglas MacArthur

Willem Dafoe

Heather Graham

Orson Welles

Gene Wilder

Gary Burghoff


Tom Wopat

Les Paul



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Unemployment Law Changes

Recent changes to Wisconsin's unemployment law become effective January 5, 2014, and bring good and bad news for both employees and employers. 

Substantial Fault:

Effective with decisions issued on January 5, 2014 and later, the department will consider a two-tier standard for disqualifying claimants who are discharged. A claimant will be disqualified if they are discharged for misconduct or for substantial fault connected with their employment. An employee's behavior may constitute substantial fault when the employee violates a requirement of the employer, but the violation does not rise to the level of misconduct. Substantial fault does not include: minor violations of rules unless the employee repeats the violation after warning, unintentional mistakes made by the employee or not performing work because the employee lacks skill, ability, or was not supplied the equipment.

Quit Exceptions:

Currently, Wisconsin law allows benefits for claimants who quit if their circumstances fall within one of the 18 exceptions. As of January 5, 2014, eight of those quit exceptions are eliminated and four of the remaining exceptions are modified.

Increase in Weekly Benefits:

Effective January 5, 2014 the maximum amount of weekly benefits an unemployment claimant may receive will be increased from $363 to $370. The minimum amount will stay at $54 per week.

Change to Requalification:

Currently, when a claimant is disqualified from receiving benefits as a result of quitting a job or refusing an offer of suitable work they must earn 4 times their weekly benefit rate in employment covered by the unemployment program and at least 4 weeks must have elapsed since they quit or refused suitable work. Effective with decisions issued January 5, 2014 and later, a claimant must earn 6 times their weekly benefit rate in employment covered by unemployment to requalify for benefits after a quit or refusal of suitable work.

One Minute Ideas
Re-Evaluate the job before hiring
If you're going to grow your company or achieve excellent levels of performance in your business unit, it's going to be a lot easier if you hire top performers to begin with, rather than if you have to be consistently pushing and pulling average performers to new levels.
Before you even place your first help wanted ad for a vacant position, you should do the following:

Re-evaluate the mix of responsibilities assigned to the position. 

Consider if the current people are assigned to the most appropriate positions.

Prioritize the "must have" qualifications for the job; the "important" qualifications, and the "helpful, but less important," qualifications.

From Bob Adams' "Streetwise Business Tips"
Easy Chicken and Biscuits

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of potato soup
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen vegetables, thawed
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 package (7.5 ounces) refrigerated biscuits (10 biscuits)

Heat the oven to 400�F. Heat the soups, milk, cheese, black pepper, and poultry seasoning in a saucepan. Stir in the vegetables and chicken. Pour combined ingredients into a 3 quart baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir. Top the chicken mixture with the biscuits. Bake for 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 5


Inspirational Quote
"Great leaders are like the best conductors.  They reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players." - Blaine Lee