Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Astronology - Save the Home, Keep the Employee

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Volume IX
Issue 26
February 24, 2009
Dear Andrew,

Astron Solutions provides high-quality, low-cost, innovative human resources consulting services to organizations like yours. Call us for advice, innovative program design, and user-friendly Web/PC based software.

Fact or Fiction?
Fact or fiction: Australia has maternity leave, but has banned a similar practice for the birthing of new pets.


"Pet-ernity" has been introduced to Australia. This allows folks to take a special leave allowance to take care of newborn puppies and kittens. The policy has been enacted by Virgin Mobile, ONLY if you've been with the company for more than 2 years. The policy doesn't allow pet-ernity for other animals, such as snakes, turtles or fish. What are you waiting for? Go adopt a newborn kitten and enjoy the week off!

You can read the full article here.
The Astron Road Show
March is right around the corner, Old Man Winter is hopefully just about done pestering us with the bitter winds, and Astron is starting to hit the road. The next event for Astron Solutions will be the CUPA-HR Conference held in Somerset, NJ on February 27th for their New Jersey Chapter Meeting. Astron is a sponsor of the event. National Director Jennifer C. Loftus and Technology Supervisor Brendan Williams will be there meeting and greeting those in attendance. For more information on this conference, click here.

Astron's next event is the Capital Regional Human Resource Association's 2009 Conference and Marketplace on March 19th in Albany, NY. Look for Astron's exhibit booth in the main lobby. National Director Michael Maciekowich will be there meeting and greeting with attendees. For information on this event, please click here.

As promised in last issue, Astron Solutions has teamed up with Bond, Shoeneck & King, PLLC to give presentations regarding the latest changes in labor legislation. National Director Mike Maciekowich will present these seminars along with the BSK team lead by Partner Lou DiLorenzo. From March 24th through the 27th, and March 31st, Astron and BS&K will be in upstate New York giving presentations. Then on April 2nd and 3rd, we'll be in New York City and Long Island. For more information on upstate New York dates, locations, and how to register, please click here. For more information on New York City and Long Island dates, locations, and how to register, please click here.

Well, that's what we have for the coming month. More events will be announced as we get more details.

We hope to see you there!
Save the Home, Keep the Employee

dollarsignsBy Richard L. Virgilio, SPHR

Home ownership has always been touted as "The American Dream." Sadly, this dream is slipping away not only from many people who were "almost there," but also many who "just barely made it" or "made it but the breaks are going the wrong way." The consequences of losing one's home are on a par emotionally with losing one's job. As HR professionals, we can help keep our employees from making difficult choices about their financial positions in relation to their homes. These decisions can negatively affect the workplace; worse, force employees to leave just to relocate to where they can better afford to live, perhaps away from the area of their current employment....more

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