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2014 YMCA Golf Classic

2014 YMCA Golf Classic

On July 14, friends of the YMCA of Dane County came together for a common cause at the YMCA Golf Classic at Maple Bluff Country Club.

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I hate working out. I have a treadmill. I have a weight machine. I have a room dedicated to working out. And I hate doing it. It’s boring. I would much rather play a pickup game of basketball or go hiking or go for a bike ride. Problem is, by the time I can get a workout in, it’s late at night.

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Must employees be paid for time spent prepping for the workday?

Many employers have employees who must arrive at work before their official start times to get their workstations ready. For example, a call center employee who works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. may need to arrive at work in the morning with enough time to boot up a computer, log in to company systems, and otherwise be ready to take the first call at 9 a.m. so that he or she will be considered “on time” per the company’s rules.

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A business friend of mine recently returned from a “mini retreat” where all electronic devices were completely turned off or put away. The goal was to have three days away from the “overload” that seems to follow this person all day long, both at work and at home.

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10 things you should know about Wisconsin’s new trust code

On Dec. 13, Gov. Scott Walker signed the New Wisconsin Trust Code (WTC) into law. With an effective date of July 1, 2014, the WTC fundamentally changes the law that governs Wisconsin trusts — both trusts that existed before July 1 and that have been created afterward.

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As I am sure many of you know, there often comes a time in a career when a person is having difficulty hitting his or her required targets. Or worse yet, he or she is put on a performance improvement plan (PIP). This is certainly not a situation anyone wants to be in. However, it does happen. After repeated warnings, coaching, and follow-up, the individual is just not performing up to the required standards.

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