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The arrival of summer temperatures can leave some employers unsure about how to set dress standards that are both in line with the company image and in compliance with the law. The tips below may be helpful.
Make Sure Dress Code Policies are Clearly Communicated
An employer's dress code will more likely be observed if it is communicated in a clear and unambiguous manner, including:
Be Conscious of Non-Discrimination Laws
Federal law generally permits employers to establish dress codes which apply to all employees or to employees within certain job categories. However, employers subject to laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Uniform Policies Must Comply with Wage and Hour Laws
Uniforms present unique challenges for employers. Generally, if an employer requires that employees wear a particular color, such clothing would not be a uniform. However, if a specific type and style of clothing is required or if clothing containing the employer's emblem or logo must be worn at work, such clothing would generally be considered a uniform.
If an employer requires its employees to bear the cost of their uniforms, their wages may not be reduced below the required minimum wage or overtime compensation.
Note: Be sure to comply with any applicable state and local laws, and consult with an employment law attorney to identify issues that may be unique to your workplace.
Cut sugar for pain relief and you'll build a better diet.
The message is clear: Less sugar means better health. You may already know that excess sugar has been linked with heart disease, diabetes, dementia, asthma, and skin disorders. But did you know that ditching sugar may relieve chronic pain? “Sugar in any form — be it honey, corn syrup, white sugar, and so on — increases insulin levels in your body, which tells your body to make inflammatory markers, and those markers cause pain,” explains Brenda Powell, MD, an integrative medicine specialist and fellowship director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine.
Picture a cut on your skin. Now picture that cut becoming infected. It’s red and tender, swollen and hot. That same reaction is what happens when you eat sugar. Now that’s not so sweet, right? But we’re not just talking about foods that actually taste sweet. All simple (stripped) carbohydrates — white rice and white flour, for example — are seen by the body as sugar. The same goes for all those gluten-free baked goods made with corn starch, rice flour, and potato starch. “They’re terrible for your health,” says Dr. Powell.
So what should you eat as part of an anti-inflammatory diet? Lots of fruits and vegetables! Even though there’s some sugar in fruits and selected vegetables, there’s loads of fiber too, so your body breaks them down more slowly and there’s no inflammatory reaction. You can add whole grains such as brown rice, barley, or farro for energy, and lean protein for building muscle, but don’t overdo it, warns Dr. Powell. Picture your plate at every meal, and make sure you have a healthy ratio: two-thirds fruits and vegetables and one-third protein and grains, including nourishing fats. With a delicious diet full of fruits and vegetables, you won’t even miss the sugar!
Meet Dr. Powell and other Cleveland Clinic experts at our Women's Wellness Week retreat, November 10-17, 2016, on beautiful Captiva Island. You'll learn how to improve your health and happiness through exercise, nutrition, stress management, Energy Medicine, and more. View the brochure, complete program, price packages, and online registration process by visiting www.clevelandclinic.org/wellnessretreat.
With Independence Day right around the corner, firework safety is top-of-mind.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds people that fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.
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Ahhh…summer! The sun and warmth, lush greenery, and adventures with family and friends are a stellar recipe for relaxation. So why, oh why, can sleep be elusive during this easy, breezy time of year? In a word…or rather, two: light and heat. Exposure to natural light is essential for a normal circadian rhythm (your body’s sleep/wake clock), but the extended daylight during summer can throw things off. The result: you’re not tired at bedtime. To trick your brain into winding down, perform a slight of hand by using blackout shades in the evening. Dim the lights in your home at night, too, and don’t forget to power down your screens, which can contribute to insomnia anytime of year! Onto the next summer sleep hurdle: the heat and humidity. Research has shown that dry, cool air (60 to 68 degrees) is ideal for sleep. That doesn’t fit well with the dog days of summer. Air conditioning is one solution, but a short, cool shower before bed, a cool bandana, lightweight PJs, and a good old-fashioned fan in your bedroom also work great. With sound sleep at night, you’ll be able to truly enjoy the bright, sunny days of summer.
IBC is now offering a wide range of Risk Management courses at our office located at 412 Water Street, Sioux City. You can register on our website or call 712-277-2424 to sign up! Aaron Iacino, Risk Manager, will lead all of the following courses.
2016 Training Schedule
B.I.T & Basic Pistol Shooting Instructor 4/22 7AM-9PM $275.00
Refuse To Be A Victim 4/30 10:00AM-4:00PM $20.00
Personal Protection Outside The Home Instructor 5/5-6 8:00AM-5:00PM $275.00
B.I.T. & Home Firearm Safety Instructor 5/13 8AM-7:00PM $100
Range Safety Officer 5/20 9AM-7PM $100.00
B.I.T. & Chief Range Safety Officer 5/27 9AM-11PM $300.00
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry Course 6/2-3/2016 8:00AM-3:00PM $200.00 Per Person
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Course 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 8:00AM-5:00PM $500.00 Per Person
Molded Frame Scaffold Competent Person/Erector Course 6/17/2016 8:00AM-5:00PM $250.00 Per Person
Refuse To Be A Victim 6/24/2016 12:00-4:00PM $20.00 Per Person
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Industry Course 7/7-8/2016 8:00AM-3:00PM $200.00 Per Person
OSHA 15 Hour Disaster Site Worker Course (7600) 7/21-22/2016 8:00AM-5:00PM $300.00 Per Person
HAZWOPER 8 Hour Annual Refresher Course 7/29/2016 8:00AM-5:00PM $125.00 Per Person
OSHA 30 Hour Construction Industry Course 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24 $500.00 Per Person
Powered Industrial Truck (Fork Lift) Operator Certification Course 8/12/2016 8:00AM-4:00PM $125.00 Per Person
Active Shooter Survival Tactics Course 8/19/2016 2:00-4:00PM $25.00 Per Person
Boom lift Operator Certification Course 9/13/2016 8:00AM- 4:00PM $125.00 Per Person
HAZWOPER 24 Hour Course 9/19-21/2016 8:00AM-5:00PM $240.00 Per Person
Scissor lift Operator Certification Course 9/23/2016 8:00AM- 4:00PM $125.00 Per Person
Skid Loader Operator Certification Course 10/6/2016 8:00AM-4:00PM $125.00 Per Person
Heavy Equipment Operator Certification Course 10/19/2016 8:00AM-4:00PM $125.00 Per Person
Mini Excavator Operator Certification Course 10/21/2016 8:00AM-4:00PM $125.00 Per Person&am