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New SC law latest to ensure pregnant women won’t face discrimination in the workplace

August 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Young pregnant woman at work with her associates. South Carolina just became the 22nd state to enact a law to protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace.

By Mark A. Stevens
Chief Marketing Officer

A new South Carolina law will prohibit any Palmetto State business with at least one employee on payroll from discriminating against employees with medical needs arising from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Following the enactment of the S.C. Pregnancy Accommodations Act, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has updated its Employment Discrimination notice. The notice reflects a new protected category for employees. HR departments should make sure proper signage is posted in common areas about the new law.

Jillian Sanchez, operations director for Strovis Payroll & HR, said state posting requirements for the new law went into effect on Aug. 1.

“To show compliance with this recent change,” Sanchez said, “all businesses in South Carolina with at least one employee on payroll must display this updated posting in their locations.”

Clients of Strovis Payroll & HR are able to receive routine updates when state laws require compliance.

“We are here to make sure our clients stay informed,” Sanchez said. “Clients who participate in our ‘Poster Compliance Program’ automatically receive notices about changes in state law that require postings. It’s one of the many benefits of engaging Strovis for all your payroll and HR needs. We help you stay up-to-date on changes in state employment laws.”

Lawmakers have been working to bring the law to fruition for some time in South Carolina, which made history as the first Southern state to pass a law specifically to prevent discrimination against pregnant workers, state Rep. Beth Bernstein wrote in an op-ed published in The State newspaper.

“Businesses will share in the benefits, too. Many accommodations cost little or nothing to employers: allowing more frequent bathroom or food breaks, permitting coworkers to assist with heavy lifting, providing a stool to sit on rather than standing for hours at a time. Such practices reduce workforce turnover, increase employee satisfaction and productivity and save money on workers’ compensation and related costs. By giving women the flexibility to work while they are pregnant or breastfeeding, we are encouraging their continued contribution to the economy while safeguarding a workplace environment that values their well-being.”

South Carolina is the 22nd state, as well as Washington, D.C., to adopt a law to enhance pregnancy accommodations.

For more information about Strovis payroll and HR services, go to You can get a quote and/or schedule a demo here: StrovisQuote.

Since 1998, Strovis has been a leader in payroll and HR services. Based in historic Georgetown, South Carolina, the company has served clients in 32 states and also operates two other divisions: Strovis Benefits and Strovis Insurance, an independent agency providing both personal and commercial insurance needs.

For more information about Strovis, call 1-888-220-9684. Watch a testimonial video here: Strovis Video.

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How sweet it is! Strovis and Chamber honor Gilbert’s Ice Cream in Pawleys Island

August 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm

By Mark A. Stevens
Chief Marketing Officer

It was a sweet Thursday morning at Gilbert’s Ice Cream when Strovis and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce presented the Pawleys Island shop with the Business of the Month Award.

The family-owned business has been serving customers its homemade ice cream since May 2017.

The Business of the Month Award honors Chamber-member businesses for being leaders in the business community, and Strovis is proud to serve as the official corporate sponsor. A special 7-foot-tall banner is displayed at the chosen business throughout the month, signifying the establishment as an award-winning Chamber member. In addition to the banner, a special framed certificate is also presented to the honored business.

Strovis President Allen Altman and Strovis Payroll Operations Director Jillian Sanchez attended the Aug. 2 presentation and thanked Gilbert’s for being a Chamber of Commerce member.

Gilbert’s Ice Cream is a family-owned business that prides itself on premium ingredients. All of the shop’s ice cream is handcrafted in its kitchen, along with a selection of tempting baked goods. Maryland transplants Bob and Deborah Gilbert and daughter, Angela, operate the shop. Angela and Deborah attended classes at St. Louis school to learn what it takes to make the best ice cream.

There are plenty of flavors and toppings at Gilbert’s Ice Cream in Pawleys Island. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

The shop offers a variety of ice-cream flavors – everything from the traditional vanilla and chocolate to specialty creations such as Southern Bourbon Butter Pecan, Grape Sorbet and Lemon Blueberry.

The Gilbert family also boasts a good sense of humor. Customers can pick up a logo-emblazoned T-shirt with this mantra on the back: “A balanced diet is a cone in each hand.” And customers always get a chuckle when choosing what type of cone they’d like for their ice cream. On display are chocolate-dipped cones, a “Cool Blue” cone and, just for laughs, a pine cone still on a broken tree branch.

Customers can enjoy an ice cream at Gilbert’s and also take home a T-shirt with this funny saying on the back. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

It’s all part of the family-friendly environment at Gilbert’s. In fact, this summer, Bob, Deborah and Angela are getting help behind the counter from grandchildren Kadyn Cadeño and A.J. Cadeño, both in their teens.

“It’s been great being here in Pawleys,” Deborah said. “People are very inviting. It’s a very tight community here in Pawleys, which we love. We like being part of a community, and business has grown. It’s been great.”

It’s all fun and ice cream at Gilbert’s — customers get a chuckle when choosing the homemade cones. Bet you’ve never thought about a pine cone while at the ice-cream shop before! (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

The family chose Pawleys after an extensive search of the coastal region.

“We’ve vacationed in Myrtle Beach a lot with our kids when they were younger,” Bob said. “We liked the area. When we decided to make a move, we explored from the Grand Strand all the way down to the South Strand, and this is where we decided to be because of the size of the community, the traffic and the people, generally.”

The shop is open seven days a week from noon until 10 p.m. Tourist season from May until September is the shop’s busiest time, and the family closes the shop during the winter off-season and enjoys some travel and vacation time of their own.

“We had retired from our jobs,” Bob explained, “and we wanted something seasonal so we could take lengthy time off in the off-season. So this is what we’ve done.”

The entrance to Gilbert’s Ice Cream, located at 10080 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)

For now, though, it’s still part of the busy tourist season in Pawleys, and with only family working behind the counter at Gilbert’s, every day is special, both Bob and Deborah said.

“It’s been great having the grandkids here, and they’re learning,” Deborah said. “They’re also enjoying being able to eat all the ice cream they like.”

The shop’s homemade ice cream features local ingredients and are made fresh.

“We make our ice cream in small batches,” Bob said, “so it doesn’t sit in gallon tubs for a month at a time. We make ice cream every day. We rotate our flavors. We have three or four special flavors every week. We want people to come back and try different things.”

“We do it all right here,” Deborah adds. “We make our own cones. We make our own ice cream. All of our baked goods. A lot of our sauces.”

And, Bob interjects, “The lemons in the lemon ice cream are right from my backyard. Whenever it’s possible, we try to use local ingredients.”

The Business of the Month Award honors Chamber-member businesses for being leaders in the business community, and Strovis has served as the official corporate sponsor since 2017.

For more information about this Chamber-honored business, call 843-314-0472 or visit the website

Strovis has founded in 1998 and has served clients in 32 states. The company has three divisions: Strovis Insurance, Strovis Payroll & HR and Strovis Benefits.

To find out more how Strovis can help your company with payroll, benefits and/or insurance needs, go to

A side patio at Gilbert’s offers patrons an outdoor area to enjoy ice cream in the summertime. (Photo by Mark A. Stevens)



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