Not according to Nancy Leppink, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, who has taken to the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor to respond to criticism of a ruling she issued this summer.
Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Veterans Day, Halloween and Valentine’s Day are holidays to most, but for elected officials they are something more–an opportunity to issue press releases, website posts, tweets and other announcements.
As professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure that the individuals we work with on behalf of our organizations or clients know that they enjoy our respect. And, it works both ways. If you show respect, you can gain respect.
At the start of 2011 a number of factors set the table for an unprecedented and unpredictable legislative season. Twenty-one state legislative chambers changed majority control from Democrat to Republican, and Republicans picked up 11 Governorships. States were facing huge budget shortfalls. And no one knew what effect the Tea Party movement would have on getting things done in the legislatures. So looking back – how did these factors affect the productivity in the state legislative chambers?
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Attending these meetings is a big commitment of resources, and perhaps more important, your time. As you think back on the Group meetings you attended, did they help set the stage for a successful 2011? And, what value are you returning to your organization in exchange for all of those airline miles you accrued? Now is the perfect time to take stock of the Groups work you performed this summer.
Plastic bag bans, fast-food menu labeling requirements, and taxing of bottled water are all issues being considered in some state legislatures, and even in Congress. But what do these issues have in common? They all originated at the local government level.