Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Just because your employer pays you as a salaried employee, that doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to overtime.
The Department of Labor has very specific guidelines as to what employees are classified as exempt and not required to be paid overtime. These are based on job duties, responsibilities, and skills. This is NOT based on if you are paid hourly or a salary.
If for example, you are any sort of manual laborer, then you are most likely supposed to be paid overtime, regardless if your boss pays you a salary or hourly. Here is what the DOL defines as exempt for overtime and it’s very specific.
2. In the US, reports on all nursing homes inspected by Medicare are available online.
Nursing homes often present themselves well but aren’t always great places. When considering a placement for a loved one, check the facility safety reports first.
Every nursing home that accepts federal Medicare or Medicaid funds must be inspected at least yearly by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in addition to state and local agencies. To see the history of a specific facility use medicare.gov‘s Care Compare page or use ProPublica’s Nursing Home Inspect tool for a more general view.
Note that it doesn’t include retirement communities or assisted-living facilities, since these don’t fall under Medicare’s coverage.
3. The correct tire pressure for your car is located on a sticker in the driver’s doorjamb, NOT on the tire itself.
The “max pressure” printed on the sidewall of your tires is not the pressure you should be filling your tires to. That’s the absolute max, not the operating pressure.
The pressure printed on the sticker typically on the driver’s doorjamb is the correct fill pressure, usually, about 32 PSI +/- 4 PSI depending on the vehicle. It might also be in the owner’s manual, under the hood, and/or on the dang old internet. Also if you put a different type or size of the tire than the vehicle intended, the ideal pressure likely changed.
Overinflated tires increase brake distance, reduce traction, reduce the lifespan of tires, and risk blowout which may reduce the lifespan of passengers. It also greatly affects handling, so if it seems your car is steering like it is standing up on its tippy toes, check that tire pressure.
4. If you suddenly experience a distortion/ blur in the center of your view field that won’t let you see details or read and can be seen even with your eyes closed, you are most likely experiencing scintillating scotoma. You shouldn’t stress, but rather prepare for the following minutes.
It can be a very rough experience to randomly have a blind spot in front of you, and if you suffer from hypochondria or panic attacks this can easily trigger them, especially if it blocks you from looking up information about it. Anyway, it’s better to know ahead.
It will pass in 20 – 50 minutes, hopefully not followed by a migraine. You should stop whatever you’re doing (especially driving or operating machinery!!) as your sight will only get more obstructed before it gets better. Find a place to sit or lay down with your eyes closed. You’ll have a bit of photophobia, so don’t force your sight, that will only get you a nice headache for the rest of the day. The spot will eventually slip away and you’ll be able to continue with your stuff.
5. The Be My Eyes app – helping visually impaired people with everyday tasks.
Be my eyes is an app where anyone who is visually impaired can call for assistance from a sighted person to help with everyday tasks.
Our world is structured around sight so sometimes simple tasks of life can be a challenge. Things like reading the instructions on a canned product, or using an interface with no distinguishing feel on each option, like a microwave input or digital screen. The app uses video calling to enable visually impaired people to connect with others to help them with what they need.