Tackling Tough Issues: Paid Sick Leave Time

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Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Every once in a while on MommaJam, we tackle tough issues facing parents today.

This week, we are talking about the new Paid Sick Time Law that went into effect July 1.

We spoke with Human Resources Expert Nancy Saperstone at Insight Performance, Inc., located in Dedham, about how the law helps parents.  Before the July 1, millions of full and part time workers were not eligible for paid family sick time.  If you got sick or your kids got sick, you had to take time off on your own dime.  Small businesses owners might say, “Hey, that’s how we roll, we can’t afford to pay sick time.”  But, many part time workers are parents who are also taking care of children and let’s face it, kids get sick all of the time.  And, they have to go to the doctor and dentist for strep tests, flu shots and routine check ups.  This new law ensures all workers at companies with 11 or more employees can accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked for a maximum of 40 hours, per year.  The law applies to full time, part time, seasonal and temporary workers.  If you’re at a company or own a company with 10 or less employees, you still get the sick time, just not paid.

Setting up payroll and updating handbooks might be tricky and time consuming.  Insight Performance helps companies comply with the new law and set up the program.  All businesses have to be in full compliance by Dec. 31, 2015.

A special thanks for Nancy Saperstone for discussing the new Paid Sick Time law.  If listeners have questions or comments about this topic, please send me email or ping me on Facebook.

November 10, 2015 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

Boo! Adorable Halloween Costumes for Kids

Too Cute! Baby Halloween Costumes from Pottery Barn Kids

Too Cute! Baby Halloween Costumes from Pottery Barn Kids

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM with the South Shore Morning News hosts Lisa Azizian and Rob Hakala.

With the seventh film being released in December, Star Wars characters are some of the most-popular costume options for this Halloween.  According to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Halloween Consumer Top Costumes Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the Star Wars franchise made the list for adult, kids and pet costumes this year.

October 22, 2015 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Burtons Grill October Harvest Menu is Delicious

Burtons Grill Fall Harvest MenuBurtons Grill has a new October Harvest menu featuring Harvest Salad, cozy Butternut Squash Soup, Cider Roasted Chicken and savory Pumpkin Ravioli. 
 
You can order the fall seasonal menu all day now and several original dishes – fan faves – are back on the menu.  Burtons Grill fans will be very happy!

All Dishes and Drinks at Burtons Grill are made with locally sourced ingredients, when available.

October 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Burtons Grill on WATD-FM: New B Choosy Kids’ Menu Everyone in the Family Loves

Summer Kids

Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM with the South Shore Morning News hosts Lisa Azizian and Rob Hakala and special guests from Burtons Grill Hingham.

Special guests in the studio this week are Stephen Slicis, general manager, Leah Famularo, brand ambassador and Brian Whalen, the new executive chef – all at Burtons Grill Hingham, located at the Derby Street Shoppes off Rt. 3’s exit 15.

We talk all about the NEW B Choosy Kids’ Menu, which is the best kids meal and deal on the South Shore.  And, this summer, kids eat free on Sundays at Burtons Grill.  Moms get a break in the kitchen, plus a delicious, healthy, inexpensive meal for the whole family.  

Children ages 12 and younger can select lunch and dinner options from more than 25 healthy ingredients – all based on USDA nutritional guidelines – such as salmon, chicken, burger or steak.  The B Choosy Kids’ Menu also has new Fizz drinks and ice cream sundaes for dessert.

This summer, take Sundays off and let Burtons Grill feed the kids for you.  Get a complimentary B Choosy Kid’s meal with the purchase on an adult entree.

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

 

August 13, 2015 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM

MommaJam Dreams

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

 

July 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

Burtons Grill Dishes About its New Summer Menu

MommaJam on WATDToday, we have special guests in the WATD studio for a “foodie” edition of MommaJam.  Burtons Grill Hingham treated us to a feeding frenzy to sample the new summer menu, and it’s a keeper!  Hands down the surprise hit was the Black Bean Burger.  You might not normally order this type of dish – lured by more colorful items like the Fish Tacos – but trust us, the Black Bean Burger is delicious and worth the order.  In this segment, Lisa Azizian tries to get the secret recipe from Top Chef Brian Whalen, so click below in to hear if he does the big reveal.  

Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM with the South Shore Morning News hosts Lisa Azizian and Rob Hakala.

Joining us in the studio is Burtons Grill Hingham General Manager Stephen Slicis, who is the nicest man in the universe.  If you frequent Burtons Grill, Stephen is the big guy who walks around making sure everything is running smoothly.  If you have a “square plate,” a.k.a. a food allergy or gluten-free lunch or dinner, Stephen will deliver it to your table.  We love talking to Stephen and hearing about his charity work and community service.  Huge heart on this guy!Burtons Grill Drinks

Also joining us Leah Famularo, brand ambassador and all around amazing Burtons Grill gal.  Leah talks about Tuesday night’s Flight Night, a must go-to for moms this summer.  If you need a night off from the kids and want some girl-time, go to Burtons Grill on a Tuesday night to sample three different wines per flight, plus crostini and cheese.  You will not be able to resist the salads or fish tacos or salmon or scallops or anything.

Top Chef Brian Whalen is in the house, too, offering up details on Burger Night and much more.  Go behind the scenes to hear what he has to say about Burtons Grill’s new summer menu.

Tune into MommaJam every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.  Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

 

July 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

Brian Lies Brings Bats in the Band to Life at SSC’s Wacky Wednesday Concert Series

Bats in the Band Click the arrow below to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM with the South Shore Morning News hosts Lisa Azizian and Rob Hakala.

We talk about Brian Lies performance at the South Shore Conservatory’s Wacky Wednesday concert series at the Jane Carr Amphitheater in Hingham, a beautiful outdoor concert hall that is ideal for kids to rock ‘n roll every week in July.

My listeners know how important I believe it is for kids of all ages to see and meet book authors and illustrators.  Brian Lies is a best-selling New York Time author and took the time to sign autographs and talk with ‘lil guests after the show.  It’s a great experience for youngsters.  The music was beautifully conducted by Plymouth Philharmonic’s Steven Karidoyanes.  Many SSC faculty performed music and/or sing as characters.

Tomorrow on MommaJam, we are giving away a 4-pack of FREE tickets to next week performance by Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys.  Tune into MommaJam Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET live on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.

Listen live on the radio dial at 95.9 or from your iPhone or iPad device or desktop.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

July 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

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