Archive for August, 2013

back to school tips

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Back-to-School is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized for the new school year. Here are some sure fire tips for starting off the school year on track.

Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your after school activities, weekend commitments, class assignments and projects so you can “visualize” your available time to get your homework and studying done. Include a row in the planner for “Organizing” so that you can plan your locker, knapsack and binder clean outs. Maintenance is key to getting AND staying organized.

Make a to-do list every day. Put the hardest or longest task at the top and do that one first. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you have tackled the hardest “to-do” first. You will also tackle those difficult tasks with a “full tank of gas”.

Set achievable goals. You are more likely to be complete your tasks if they are broken down into manageable parts. It is much easier to write one paragraph for your essay in an afternoon than it is to complete the entire term paper. Check your planner for available pockets of time and schedule accordingly. Setting unrealistic goals sets you up for failure.

Free Gifts. Free periods and study halls are gifts! Use them! Focus on your assignments and to-do list in your planner.

Keep your work with you. You can always get an assignment done whether you are on the bus after an away game or at a doctor’s appointment. Be mindful of your time robbers!

Organize your environment. It is just as important to have your bedroom, study area or back pack organized. Organizing these zones will help you stay on schedule and focused. By keeping your areas organized you will avoid the dreaded “I am looking for that science lab to hand in and I have no idea where it is!”

School holidays: Use your down time during school breaks or conference days to get a jump start on your long term assignments and projects. Better to work on these important assignments when you don’t have the extra pressure of homework, activities, etc.

Set up a special organizing system that works for you. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of papers, homework sheets, handouts, etc. that take over your school life. Use a master binder, accordion file or individual notebooks or folders to corral papers. Make sure the system is easy to use and maintain.

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big box woes

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Separate Lawsuits Charge Office
Depot Failed to Pay Proper
Overtime and Properly Address
Worker’s Sexual Harassment
Office Depot has offered to pay close to
$104,300 to three former assistant managers
for its failure to pay proper overtime
wages, according to the law firms who
represented the employees in a lawsuit
filed against the Florida big box.
The claims arose under the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) and asserted that Office Depot violated the
FLSA by failing to pay all wages due and owing to them and other
assistant managers for working more than 40 hours a week.
After an adverse ruling from the court, Office Depot agreed to
pay the three workers who had joined the lawsuit, to avoid challenging
the claims or litigating the case, the law firms said in a
press release.
The full number of Office Depot assistant managers who were
subject to the pay procedures at issue in the litigation is not
known, the law firms added.
Meanwhile, in Houston, Maria Brito, a former Office Depot employee,
is seeking a jury trial for a case in which she charges
her complaints about a co-worker sexually harassing her led to
her termination, according to a report published in the Southeast
Texas Record.
Office Depot employed Brito as a packer in its Houston warehouse
in Houston and according to the suit, she began to experience
sexual harassment from another employee in September 2012.
Brito reported the behavior to a superior, but was reportedly told
that she and her presumed aggressor “needed to get along,” the
original petition says. The suit further recalls an incident in October
2012 in which the co-worker “raised his fists while walking
towards her in a hostile manner.”
Office Depot fired Brito in December 2012 on grounds she
touched a female employee, according to the Southeast Texas

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