Covid-19 Reminder Posters and advise in blog.
Bryant Staffing and our team are working hard to protect your health and well-being. While many questions regarding the novel coronavirus remain unanswered at this time, there are practical, commonsense ways for you to take care of yourself, protect others, and monitor latest developments.
Based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bryant Staffing recommends that employees:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Not to wear a face mask unless you show symptoms respiratory illness, including COVID-19
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (if soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)
The CDC is currently asking people returning to the U.S. from the countries identified by the CDC as high risk (Iran, China, Italy, South Korea) to self-quarantine for 14 days. The CDC has also identified Japan and Hong Kong as an elevated risk. Please adhere to this self-quarantine should you travel to these countries and let your recruiter know upon your return. If you return from a country not on this list but are feeling ill please do not go to work and contact the Bryant Staffing Office immediately.
Employees who have questions or concerns regarding this information, should speak with their recruiter.
To learn more about the novel coronavirus and keep up with the latest developments, see the About Coronavirus Disease 2019 and CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions and Answers webpages. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
- The Leftovers
Did you know the first-ever TV dinner came from Thanksgiving leftovers? In 1953 a worker at Swanson ordered too many frozen turkeys (260 tons too many to be exact) so a company salesman named Jerry Thomas had the idea to create a packaged dinner on aluminum trays. After an assembly line of women scooped turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes onto the trays, the TV dinner was born!
- The Holiday
We bet you didn’t know that the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb” is also the person responsible for making Thanksgiving an official holiday. After petitioning the government for 17 years, writer Sarah Josepha Hale finally convinced Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to make it a national holiday that took place every year on the fourth Thursday of November.
- The Date
However, Thanksgiving hasn’t always taken place on the fourth Thursday in November. In 1939, FDR moved the holiday up one week to help boost retail sales during the Depression. So many people complained that it was eventually moved back to the original date in 1941. The Thanksgivings between those years are referred to as “Franksgivings” still today.
- The Parade
Every year millions of Americans tune in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, but did you know that the parade has European origins? In 1924, the store’s immigrant employees decided to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season like they would have in their European homelands—with a parade with knights, jugglers and clowns. The balloons weren’t introduced until 1927.
- The Football
Millions of Americans tune in to watch football on Thanksgiving every year and it all started because the owner of the Detroit Lions wanted to promote the game in his baseball-obsessed city and convinced NBC to broadcast the game. Ever since that first NFL broadcast in 1934, the Lions have played on every Thanksgiving except during WW2. The Dallas Cowboys joined in on this NFL tradition in the 60s and America has had its post-dinner plans figured out ever since.
- The Friday After Thanksgiving
Ironically the name “Black Friday” was supposed to keep people from not going shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Even though Black Friday is now one of the biggest shopping days of the year, in 1966 the Philadelphia Police Department started referring to the day of shopping deals as Black
Don’t Slip Up, be like me and Go Slow…
- Do walk slowly and consciously when snow or ice is present, and use handrails if available.
- Don’t ever run or exit your vehicle haphazardly
- Do Look where they’re stepping and anticipate slippery surfaces. Black ice – sometimes called clear ice – often appears early in the mornings, in shady areas, or where the sun shines during the day and melted snow refreezes at night.
- Do not listen to music or talk on a cellphone while walking. Also, workers should keep alert for any vehicles and snow removal equipment.
- Do watch for wet floors when entering the workplace, as co-workers may have tracked in snow and slush.
- Do look up for snow or ice that may fall or break away from awnings, buildings and windows.
- Do wear boots or overshoes with grip soles
- Don’t wear shoes with leather or plastic soles or high heeled shoes
- Do carry any items in a backpack or cross-body bag to maintain balance
- Don’t carry or swing heavy loads while working
- Do stay alert, aware of your surroundings, & focused
Don’t get stranded out there.
Don’t Forget to Prepare Your Car
Get your car ready for cold weather use before winter arrives.
- Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
- Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
- Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
- cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries;
- food and water;
- booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
- compass and maps;
- flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
- first-aid kit; and
- plastic bags (for sanitation).
As the leaves fall and the days get shorter, autumn can lead to challenging driving conditions that last into winter. Plus, if you’re the parent of a teen driver, it’s essential to teach him or her to be smart and stay safe behind the wheel. Here are some tips and tricks for fall driving safety.
Where Did the Road Go?
As you’re enjoying the scenery, be mindful of the road – it may suddenly vanish. It’s not uncommon for heavily wooded back roads to completely or partially disappear under fallen leaves.
What you can do: If your view of the road becomes obstructed by leaves, slow down enough to get your bearings, but avoid slamming on your brakes. If you’re around other drivers, increase your following distance to give yourself more time to react.
As folks clean up their yards, those giant piles of leaves can sometimes spill onto the road and conceal hazards. It’s easy for leaves to cover up potholes, large branches, animals and sometimes even children playing in them.
What you can do: It’s best to resist any urges to drive through piles of leaves – it could turn into a mountain of problems. Parking on piles of leaves can also be an issue as heat from your car could potentially spark a fire.
Slippery as Ice
Fall rains and heavy morning dew can make leaves on the road as slippery as ice. Plus, that cool fall air can lead to frosty mornings and icy spots on the road, particularly on bridges and in shady spots. Later into the season, black ice also becomes a concern, which is hard enough to see without a layer of leaves covering it up.
What you can do: Slow down if you’re driving in wet fall conditions, especially on those back roads. Consider building some extra time into your drive so you don’t have to rush it.
The sun will be lower in the sky during the rush hours this time of the year, which means sun glare can be an issue for drivers. It’s not uncommon for the sun to blind drivers, causing unexpected traffic slowdowns.
What you can do: Keep a good pair of sunglasses in your car (but take them off before it gets too dark) and have your sun visor ready to use.
Deer mating season begins in late October and lasts through November. That means deer in rut may become more active than usual and lose awareness of their surroundings. Plus, loud noises and flashing lights can cause unpredictable behavior and prompt deer to run into traffic.
What you can do: Be extra mindful of deer crossing signs and while driving through wooded areas. Slow down if you spot a deer farther down the road. Since they typically travel in herds, one deer is usually followed by more.
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Gov. Christie on Thursday signed into law a bill that sponsors say will lead to less pay discrimination in the workplace in New Jersey.
The legislation prohibits employers from punishing workers who share information about job titles and pay with fellow employees.
“If we are serious about pay equity, we have to allow workers to freely discuss their job conditions,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck. “By allowing employees to ask their coworkers about their salaries, benefits or working conditions, we open a door for those who believe they are being treated unfairly to learn the truth and get their fair share.”
Christie, a Republican, conditionally vetoed an initial version of the bill last year, saying it was too broad in scope. Both houses of the Democratic-controlled Legislature voted earlier this summer to accept his changes.
“This law will still help employees fight against pay discrimination,” said Sen. Linda Greenstein, R-Mercer. “If the employees know they can ask each other about their salaries or benefits, they will discuss more freely these topics and discriminatory practices will be harder to hide.”
The new law goes into effect immediately.
Gov. Christie signed a bill today that will ban New Jersey companies from forcing workers to hand over user names or passwords to their social media accounts.
Under the legislation (A2878), companies will be fined $1,000 if they request or demand access to workers’ or potential employees’ accounts on websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Workers also get the option to sue for money lost if they are not hired or lose their jobs or promotions because of an employer’s prying. Companies that violate the law a second time face a $2,500 fine. Law enforcement agencies are exempt.
“I have been reading more and more about how businesses and corporations, and schools as a matter of fact, are requiring your Facebook information,” state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), a sponsor of the bipartisan measure, said last year. “They’re not entitled to that. You’re entitled to some privacy.”
Christie conditionally vetoed the legislation in May, saying the “well-intentioned bill” was too “broad.” He sent it back to the state Legislature with recommendations that he said “more properly balance between protecting the privacy of employees and job candidates, while ensuring that employers may appropriately screen job candidates, manage their personnel, and protect their business assets and proprietary information.”
The state Assembly approved the revised measure a few weeks later and the Senate signed off on it earlier this month.
The law takes effect in four months.
Governor Takes Action on Minimum Wage: please click on this link for the most recent action on the Minimum Wage bill:
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Hurricane Sandy has impacted employers and employees in several different ways. Many have lost income due to the effects of the disaster and are searching for ways to compensate for this loss. Employees and self-employed individuals may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). This is a Federal program that provides payments to people in a Federally declared disaster area who have lost work or income due to the disaster. Because DUA is Federally funded, your unemployment insurance taxes will not be impacted if you have employees who qualify for assistance. Applications should be filed as soon as possible and by the deadline of December 3, 2012. For further information please refer to