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The Crap Shoot Episode 17 - Culture #3: Office Politics!

11/29/2021
REDBALLOON MERCH HAS DROPPED! And just as exciting, we've also dropped our take on office politics in this week's episode of The Crap Shoot! Can you think of anything more disruptive or detrimental to your workplace than office politics? Good news - Andrew lays out three tips to help you make the...

The Crap Shoot Episode 16 - Introducing the Marketplace!

11/22/2021
RedBalloon Marketplace is a gateway that will connect customers with shops, services, and freelancers who stand for freedom! This is a fantastic way to find pro-freedom businesses - especially ahead of the holidays. And if you're a freelancer or you've recently started your own company, this is a...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #13 - Criminal History

11/17/2021Laura
Good news for freedom-loving employers and job seekers: we have a temporary reprieve from the Biden administration s vaccine mandate. Meanwhile, for your edification and amazement, here is an actual question from a blue state employer.Q: One of my employees was arrested for shooting several peopl...

The Crap Shoot Episode 15 - Culture #2: Communication!

11/15/2021
Communication: it's probably something almost everyone can improve. The same goes for communication in the workplace! Effective communication is foundational to a positive company culture. Today, we highlight four things that managers should intentionally communicate to their coworkers in order t...

Company Culture: It Starts with YOU

11/12/2021Andrew Crapuchettes
Your company culture is more important than you think!The difference between a successful company and an exceptional company - the kind that builds a lasting legacy - is company culture. Peter Drucker once said that Culture eats strategy for breakfast (personally, I prefer eggs and bacon). In oth...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #12 - An Update on OSHA's Vaccine Mandates

11/10/2021Laura
Last week, OSHA issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), requiring private employers with over 100 employees to implement vaccine mandates. The ETS does allow companies to offer an alternative to the vaccine, in the form of masking and weekly COVID testing.What can freedom-loving employers ...

The Crap Shoot Episode 14 - Culture #1: It Starts with You!

11/08/2021
Happy Monday! Today, let's talk about a very important topic: company culture. Culture helps determine whether your company will sink or float. It determines whether your employers stick around for 20 years, or leave after 2. A good company culture will put employees first, allow flexibility for ...

REDBALLOON STATEMENT ON OSHA VACCINE MANDATE

11/05/2021
Statement by RedBalloon CEO on Defying OSHA Vaccine Mandate RedBalloon will serve as a modern day underground railroad, connecting employers who want workers with employees who want to work, regardless of vaccination status. (MOSCOW, ID) Today, RedBalloon CEO Andrew Crapuchettes released the foll...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #11 - Popcorn Round 1!

11/02/2021
Thanks to all of our RedBalloon followers who have sent in questions. Below I answer several recent questions in short, popcorn style. Please keep your questions coming!Q: Do you think the Biden s vaccine mandate will apply to 1099 workers, since they are not considered employees ? If that is the...

The Crap Shoot Episode 13 - How to Build a Business!

11/01/2021
Hooray! You've successfully started your own business... now what? Statistics show that the first five years in business are the "survival years" - the period in which most businesses will succeed or fail. So how do you make sure your business survives? RedBalloon CEO Andrew Crapuchettes has a fe...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #10 - Texas and Vaccine Mandates

10/27/2021
Question: I own a small business in Texas. We subcontract on federal government projects, which means we are under the Biden administration s vaccine mandate. Now Governor Abbot is saying we can t have vaccine mandates. What do we do?Response: Several states, including Texas, Arkansas, and Montan...

The Crap Shoot Episode 12 - How to Start a Business!

10/25/2021
We'd bet almost everyone has thought about starting their own business. And with mass waves of layoffs due to COVID-19 and unconstitutional medical mandates, you might be more compelled than ever to start out on your own! But where to begin?Well, we have good news... RedBalloon CEO Andrew Crapuch...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #9 - Business Owners and Vaccine Mandates

10/20/2021Laura
Question: I am a business owner with over 100 employees. I support the freedom to choose whether to take the COVID vaccine. At the same time, I don t think it helps my community or my employees if we are shut down for violating Biden s vaccine mandate. What can I do? Response: Federal vaccine man...

The Crap Shoot Episode 11 - Econ 101!

10/18/2021
Happy Monday! Today, we want to take you back to high school with a refresher on basic economics. Our economy works so well when supply and demand push against each other naturally - but when they're artificially manipulated, our economy can run into major problems that affect all of us. Learn mo...

RedBalloon Rising #6

10/15/2021
What a week! We posted a job on our own site for a Head of Customer Service last Thursday and have received over 25 amazing applicants. I think this is a testament to the community of people that we are blessed with on RedBalloon.work. We have heard the same thing from other businesses who are ov...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #8 - The Vaccine and Severance

10/13/2021
Question: My employer has given me a deadline to get the vaccine or be terminated. If they fire me, am I entitled to severance? What is a standard severance amount?Response: For most employees, there is no automatic severance. Severance must be negotiated. Some executives have the star power to n...

The Crap Shoot, Episode 10 - Meet the Team!

10/11/2021
Happy Monday! We've all heard the phrase, "Teamwork makes the dream work!" That especially rings true in business, where different personal strengths among your team combine to make your company even stronger. We all have strengths and weaknesses - the key is combining your team's strengths to fi...

RedBalloon Rising #5

10/08/2021
Another week in the books, another win in the books. I was blessed to participate in several media events this week that helped spread the word about the Freedom to Work movement. A couple highlights were our feature with Kennedy on Fox Business, which boosted our message to yet another nationwid...

Ask the Labor Lawyer #7 - The Vaccine and Leaves of Absence

10/06/2021
Question: My employer is requiring me to get vaccinated by next week. I don t want to rush into a decision, but if I don t comply by the deadline I will likely be fired. How do I buy myself more time?Response: If you want to postpone a threatened termination, one option is to take time off. In th...

The Crap Shoot Episode 9 - Hire a Vet!

10/04/2021
This week, we want to highlight a group of true American heroes that deserve recognition - our military and veterans! Our brave service members put their lives on the line to fight for our freedom - but now, they're finding that the very government they protect is turning its back on them, simply...