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Brevity Is the Soul of Wit

President Woodrow Wilson was once asked how long it took him to prepare his speeches, and his answer was quite telling. “That depends on the length of the speech,” said Wilson. “If it is a 10-minute speech, it takes me all of two weeks to prepare it; if it is a half-hour speech, it takes me a week; if I can talk as long as I want to, it requires no preparation at all. I am ready now.”


Can You Require Exempt Employees to Take Unpaid Furloughs?

If business is down, you may be considering asking employees to take a short furlough—say, one week without pay—as a means of cutting costs without cutting jobs. Is this permissible for your exempt employees?