Article from WTHR 13 at https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/bloomington-brewery-begins-no-tipping-policy/531-81268d3a-bf39-4ddb-8cc2-d69aba1f1c3f
After an especially challenging year in the restaurant and bar industry, a brewery in Bloomington is making a big change that impacts its servers, bartenders and customers.
Switchyard Brewing Company implemented a "no tipping" policy two weeks ago. So now, if you buy a beer from the tap, you don't have to tip.
Customers were a bit surprised at first, said the brewery's hospitality director, Kyley Memmott.
"Definitely a shock," she said. "No one's used to that."
Customers see the switch right on the first page of the menu with the reasons why, including what owner and Switchyard Brewing president Kurtis Cummings calls tipping's "classist, racist and sexist history."
"It literally kept me up at night because of this issue in the service industry," Cummings said. "I felt like we weren't doing everything possible as a company to take care of our coworkers and our staff."
The Monroe County Community School Corporation has been named to the 3rd annual list of America’s Best-in-State Employers by Forbes and ranked second in Indiana.
Forbes and Statista selected America’s Best-In-State Employers based on an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations.
The surveys were administered using a series of online panels and provide a representative sample of the U.S. workforce.
The ranking is published on the Forbes website.
OSHA updated its guidance for employers to reflect recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. A summary of that guidance is provided below. (For a more comprehensive version, visit https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus.):
Facilitate employees getting vaccinated (with benefits like paid time off to get vaccinated and recover). Businesses with fewer than 500 employees may be eligible for tax credits under the American Rescue Plan Act if they provide paid time off from April 1 through September 30.
Instruct any workers who are infected, unvaccinated workers who have had close contact with someone who tested positive, and all workers with COVID-19 symptoms to stay home from work to prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
The 1st Annual Catholic Charities Bloomington Golf Scramble for Mental Health is Friday, October 15th at Cascades Golf Club (3550 N Kinser Pike, Bloomington, 47404)
Teams will play a 9-hole best ball scramble. Prizes will be awarded for lowest team score, longest putt, longest drive, & closet to the pin. Hors d'oeuvres and awards will follow golf. Entry is $300 for a team of four (4). Sponsorships are also available. For more information visit bit.ly/ccbgolf
Blue & Co., LLC is proud to announce the following employee promotions, effective August 1, 2021. We congratulate these individuals on achieving the next level in their careers here at Blue & Co., and we wish them continued success.
Carmel, IN Office
Desiree Allen has been promoted to Senior Accountant.
Shelby Gremelspacher has been promoted Manager.
Rachel Zickmund has been promoted Manager.
Thomas Wagner has been promoted Manager.
Columbus, OH Office
Andrew Davidson has been promoted Senior Accountant.
Matthew Rush has been promoted Senior Accountant.
Stacey Basalla has been promoted Senior Accountant.
Robert Evans has been promoted Principal.
As employers, it is imperative to understand that we STILL remain in the midst of a pandemic. Indiana is seeing a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases. The Delta variant is highly contagious and requires everyone’s attention.
We do know vaccines protect workers and help business reopen and stay open safely.
Employers can ask employees about their vaccine status or require proof of vaccination. That is not a HIPAA violation. HIPAA Rules do not apply to employers or employment records.
Any mandatory workplace vaccination program must meet standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act of being “job related” and “consistent with business necessity” – as well as provide reasonable accommodations. Employers also cannot apply the vaccination requirement in ways that treat employees differently.
Hoosier Hills Credit Union is taking its community support for Ellettsville to a new level. The Credit Union is planning to donate $10,000 to three charitable organizations in Ellettsville, home to HHCU’s newest Service Center location. Charities selected are: the Boys & Girls Club of Ellettsville, Pantry 279, and The Villages of Indiana/Ellettsville.
What’s unique about the Ellettsville Donation Drive is that the Credit Union is asking the community to go to its website at https://hoosierhills.com/ellettsville-donation-drive/ to donate to one or more of the chosen organizations. HHCU’s donation to each group will then be based proportionately on how much the community contributes to each entity through the giving site from August 16 through September 30.
For example, if an organization receives 50% of the community donations, HHCU will donate $5,000 of the $10,000 total to them, or if they receive 20% of the donations, HHCU will donate $2,000 to them and so on for each of the three organizations.
SCORE South Central Indiana wins the SCORE National Award and Regional Recognition
SCORE South Central Indiana wins the SCORE National Award and Regional Recognition for the highest volunteer engagement in 2021. SCORE South Central Indiana volunteers help small business owners in South Central Indiana's 16 counties, and the difference shows! In 2020, the volunteers of SCORE South Central Indiana assisted 21 new businesses start and provided a total of 464 small business client mentoring sessions to the communities in our 16 Indiana County coverage area.
This impact and recognition is determined through SCORE’s annual nation-wide engagement survey, conducted by independent professional services surveyor PricewaterhouseCoopers. The survey was taken by volunteers of the chapter as well as the clients served through mentoring and workshops throughout the year.
WFIU and IU Jacobs School of Music to Co-host Swing in September Concert Series
WFIU Public Radio and the Department of Jazz Studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will partner to co-host the Swing in September concert series.
Four free, family-friendly jazz concerts will be held every Friday in September at 6:30 p.m. in Dunn Meadow on the Indiana University campus.
The concert series kicks off on Friday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. with the Midcoast Swing Orchestra, followed by Organism on September 10, Rachel Caswell on September 17, and the IU Jazz Faculty on September 24. The concerts will be emceed by WFIU hosts Mark Chilla, David Brent Johnson, and William Morris.
Regency Multifamily closed on the purchase of Element at the Mill, a 130-unit apartment community in Bloomington, IN, on Thursday, August 19th. The property is located just half a mile north of Adams Village Apartments, another Regency Multifamily community, and will be known as Adams Village at the Mill. This addition will bring the total
number of apartments at Adams Village to 450.
Adams Village at the Mill consists of studio, 1, and 2-bedroom apartment homes. The apartments feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryer, and luxury vinyl flooring. As part of the Adams Village community, residents will have full access to the clubhouse and all amenities at Adams Village. These amenities include a swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center, leash-free dog park, indoor golf/game simulator, party room, and Starbucks coffee bar.
“Strategically, this property fits us perfectly, and its proximity to Adams Village allows us to provide these residents with an amazing amenity package,” said Teresa Kelnhofer, President and CEO of Regency Multifamily. “We have a long history in Bloomington, Indiana, and we are excited to add to that portfolio.”
For more information about Adams Village, go to AdamsVillage.com.
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