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Serendipity is not your traditional style newsletter. It is Angel Logan's unique way of reaching out to her readers and friends – to stay in touch, to give updates on her writing career, and to share a few of the personal and professional pearls of wisdom that she has acquired along her journey. It is great to have you here, and Angel hopes you enjoy reading this month’s Serendipity.
It seems that the ground hog and Mother Nature have joined forces before we receive our early spring and have decided to give us a run for our money with the blizzard of 2013, as well as a few other snow storms. Some places have received so much snow that their city or town's snow budgets have run out, because in only a few weeks, the cost for snow plowing and removal have exceeded the typical allotted budgets for an entire winter season. Not to mention, all of these storms keep hitting every weekend. Let's hope that spring is truly around the corner.
Speaking of weekends ... I'm sure you've heard the US Postal Service's announcement about the end of Saturday mail delivery starting in August. I'd like to say that I'm surprised by this, but clearly, this is the beginning of what I wrote about in my February Serendipity issue. If this isn't a good enough reason to start utilizing the US Postal Service retail locations more, I don't know what is. I realize that many think that losing Saturday mail delivery is not a big deal, but if we continue to take these services for granted, we will eventually lose home delivery completely. If we can write and send an email, we can write and mail a printed letter with a stamp. It may be a slower process, but why are we in such a hurry? Didn't someone famous say that patience was a virtue?
Here is another saying, "We learn something new every day." Well, I have recently learned something about business that has shocked me. I'm sure that you've heard about businesses hiring unpaid interns in exchange for academic credit, giving college students real work experience, while providing businesses with volunteer work for a few hours a week ... a win, win situation ... uhhh, not so much! According to federal labor laws, this is not a permitted practice at all. Yes, a company can hire an unpaid intern in exchange for academic credit, but it isn't that simple. There is a list of criteria that a "for-profit" company must meet, to make this a legal practice or the business can be fined for violating labor laws. The amazing thing is that many do this daily and don't realize that it is illegal. The general idea of this law is that "for-profit" business interns must not be doing any work that benefits the business. This experience should be an educational tool for the interns, with close and constant employee supervision. An unpaid intern cannot be hired to do the work that a paid an employee would do. Of course, I'm para-phrasing the criteria, but I think you get the point. You must be asking yourself ... why hire an intern if it isn't going to benefit your business? That is the point ... the intern isn't supposed to benefit the business, the business is supposed to benefit the intern. This applies to work in general, not just internships. The labor laws state that any "for-profit" businesses with people working under a volunteer basis are in violation. I tried having interns a couple of times previously, but I guess it is a good thing that it didn't work out and I didn't benefit from the experience, because Angel Logan is a "for-profit" company and I would have been in violation. Yes, we do learn something new every day!
Finally, due to a recent system migration, the company that hosts my online site is addressing some residual technical issues. Unfortunately, the Angel Logan site has been down for a couple of days. They hope to resolve the issues soon. Until then, I apologize to anyone who has visited the site during this time. Please give it a few more days and visit again. If you have any questions in the meantime or would like to reach me, you can email me directly at: email@example.com.
As always, thank you everyone for your love, friendship, and unyielding support during the past seven years. I look forward to more years with all of you! Talk to you next month.
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