This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. The Swedish welfare system has a generous attitude towards parents, with lengthy parental leave for newborns and flexibility with working hours as the child grows older. Another big bonus is a special benefit offering temporary parental leave when a child is ill. This is known as Vård av Barn (VAB), and you'll also hear it used as a verb, in Swedish (vabba) or among English-speakers in Sweden: "Mathias is vabbing today." Employers cannot refuse you this time off if your child is unwell, but there are a few things you need to know about VAB and how it all works. When can I take it? You can take VAB to care for an unwell child if they are aged between eight months to the day before their 12th birthday. As well as using VAB to stay at home while your child is ill, you can take it if you're accompanying them to a doctor, dental or other health-related appointment. However, if you've … [Read more...] about Working parents in Sweden: what you need to know when your child is sick
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Cash-back services sound too good to be true. You get money back when you shop online at many, if not most, stores? And there are no strings attached? Yeah, right.Yeah, right! These are the real deal, and in fact if you're not using a cash back service every time you shop, you're leaving money on the table. Now playing: Watch this: Double-dip on your cashback credit card 1:40 Cash back 101They work like this: Suppose you're shopping for a laptop and eyeballing a Lenovo. Normally you'd go to Lenovo's site, choose your model and check out -- same as you would for any other product at any other store.To score extra cash back (and I say "extra" because I'm assuming you're already using a cash-back credit card), you simply detour to a cash-back service -- let's say Ebates -- and then proceed to Lenovo. Choose your model, check out like normal and you're done. If you happened to do that today, you'd have scored not only a coupon code good for 20 percent off, but also a cash rebate … [Read more...] about The 5 cash-back services you need to try
The international cloud market is dominated by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, while the e-retail space is usually controlled by Amazon or local parties. But it's no secret that Chinese giant Alibaba wants a piece of both markets as well. Central Europe, which is still a cloud frontier, is its battleground of choice. On almost every list of leaders for public clouds, Amazon is in top spot, with Microsoft second, and Google third. The big exception to that hierarchy is in China and, by extension, Asia. In its home market of China, Alibaba reigns supreme and, according to figures from Synergy Research Group, that gives them a runners-up spot for the entire Asia and Pacific (APAC) region. The online retail market shows something similar, with either Amazon or a local party ahead of the pack, and Alibaba playing some role with its AliExpress platform. However, given the global status quo for the cloud, even a huge company like Alibaba would have issues getting its foot in … [Read more...] about Is Poland the opening Alibaba needs to break grip of Amazon, Microsoft, Google on cloud?
By Carrie Mason-Draffen | December 31, 2018 at 12:46 am I was told that I had to work on the weekend or I would be written up. The person normally scheduled to work the weekend said he couldn’t this Saturday but could work Sunday for overtime pay. That doesn’t work for me. As a single dad, I have court-ordered visitation with my kids four days a month. I will miss out on a whole day with them because of the situation at work. On top of that, I will not get paid for working Saturday. I will get paid time off instead. That means I will miss out on overtime even though working on a weekend will put me over 40 hours for the week. We work a 35-hour week. By the way, on our time sheet the company lists hours worked but over a two-week period. So time worked in any one week is not viewable. Is any of this legal? Your questions are related to several aspects of labor law. Let’s start first with time off for the visitations. I’m afraid the news isn’t … [Read more...] about Dad needs help with overtime
Overview Although it remains illegal at a federal level, marijuana is one of the most exciting growth industries in the US as it becomes legal in some states, attracts investment, and becomes a vertical that can utilize multiple technologies ranging from the internet of things to cloud to analytics. In a majority of US states, medical marijuana programs serve as a natural alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals for treating numerous conditions, like neurological and psychiatric disorders, pain control, and cancer. And marijuana has the potential to be the next big legal recreational substance after tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine. Canada has been among the countries leading the way to develop the marijuana industry. The byproducts of marijuana being grown and processed in industries that have real economic potential include hemp fibers for clothing, upholstery, and other fabric use, as well as sources for biofuel, cooking oils, and green plastics. New research shows that … [Read more...] about Marijuana means business: Everything you need to know about the cannabis industry