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Welcome
Last month marked Equal Pay Day, a day that recognizes gender inequality in the workplace. In light of this, this month’s issue features articles that take a closer look at the gender disparity that still exists and the steps woman can take toward greater workplace parity. Finally, the last half of the issue takes a look at the recent deliberation in the political arena and the impact it has on business.

How to be a Great Female Leader and Mother
Despite the distance that women have traveled to see greater equality in the workplace, statistics still show that women have a long ways to go. In fact, April 17 was Equal Pay Day — the day that represents how far women have to work into the following year to earn what men do in one year’s time. While today, more women are working than ever before, they are still failing to reach the top of industries or stand shoulder-to-shoulder with men in terms of wages. In addition, juggling professional aspirations with motherhood can be tough. We explore ways women can better control their destiny in both arenas.
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JOBS Act: Leap Forward or Step Back?
On April 5, President Barack Obama signed in the new JOBS Bill, which makes it easier for startup businesses to get on their feet. Not only does the bill allow start-ups to utilize crowd-funding to raise the necessary resources, but it also loosens up previous legislation that made it difficult for small businesses to get started. Despite the uncharacteristic amount of bipartisan support this bill saw, critics remain wary of the bill and the consequences of removing safeguards we’ve put into place.
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The Lunch Break Debate
In an interesting turn of events, California, known for being a workers’ rights state, ruled in favor of employers in a case that concerned employee breaks. The courts upheld that it is no longer the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees take their lunch breaks, rather employees can work through their breaks if they choose to. As a result, employers can allow their workers more flexibility and are relieved of what was once a large burden.
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April Jobs Report
In the latest jobs report, the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.1% but our economy saw the lowest number of added jobs in the past six months.
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  Go Figure  
  21%
Number of senior management roles held by women according to a Grant Thornton 2012 report.
 
 
  What Do You Think?
How many women are in management positions at your company? Weigh in
• Fewer than 5
• 5-10
• More than 10
• Other
 

Management Matters
At one point or another, the time could come where you are faced with the decision to hire an ex-boy/girlfriend. For many, this will seem like a no-brainer, as relationships usually end for very blatant reasons. However, for others, the answer might not be such an obvious ‘no,’ especially if the relationship ended on a positive note. No matter what the case is, hiring an ex will usually end badly for several reasons. Read more.

Safety Rules
Slips, trips, and falls are no laughing matter. In fact, these types of injuries are the leading cause for emergency room visits and account for 15 percent of accidental deaths. As both an employer and a professional, you need to be aware of steps you can take to prevent these types of accidents and how to incorporate them both at work and in the home. Read more.

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