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May 11, 2012 Should Congress Move To Ban Employers From Demanding Employees’ Facebook Passwords? Is it a big enough invasion of privacy to warrant government intervention?

QUOTE: If your future employer or current boss asks you for your Facebook password, it might soon be against the law. That’s because there is new national legislation against the practice of employers demanding access to employees’ personal accounts....“People have an expectation of privacy when using social media like Facebook and Twitter,” said Representative Perlmutter.

Oct 04, 2011 Tracking factory slaves across Asia

QUOTE: We traveled to Cambodia planning to tell the story of an escape from modern-day slave labor but what we found were tales of more women trapped in debt-bondage in Malaysia. In Cambodia, we found the women who had escaped, but we also learned about dozens of other workers stuck in similar circumstances, unable to get home unless they paid off their "debt" to a recruitment agency.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 25, 2011 Can you get fired for cursing at work?

QUOTE: While it's commonplace to curse once in a while and may even help you build a bond with co-workers, there's a fine line to when and how you curse...Companies where employees are constantly in front of customers are especially harsh when it comes to foul language

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 16, 2010 On Lying About Your Salary in Job Interviews

QUOTE: In her post, Ms. O’Hara implied that her little white lie was justified and quoted a colleague as saying that everyone bumps up their old salaries somewhat when applying for new jobs.

New York Times
Jun 03, 2010 Report Warned Wal-Mart of Risks Before Bias Suit

QUOTE: More than six years before the biggest sex discrimination lawsuit in history was filed against Wal-Mart Stores, the company hired a prominent law firm to examine its vulnerability to just such a suit....found widespread gender disparities in pay and promotion at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores and urged the company to take basic steps — like posting every job opening and creating specific goals to promote women and minorities — to avoid liability.

New York Times
May 19, 2010 Whistle-Blowers Become Investment Option for Hedge Funds

QUOTE: Informants who turn in tax cheats have to wait years to get their share of any reward from the I.R.S.’s recently expanded whistle-blower program. So hedge funds, private equity groups and other big investors...agreeing to buy a percentage of those future payouts in exchange for a smaller amount upfront to the whistle-blowers.

New York Times
May 14, 2010 A Toolkit for Women Seeking a Raise (Your Money)

QUOTE: Even now, when women represent half the work force, they’re still paid considerably less than men — and part of that pay gap may be a result of what happens at the salary negotiation table. That’s assuming that women make it to the table, since research shows that they are less likely to ask for raises. Even when they do, their requests may be perceived as overly demanding or less agreeable.

New York Times
Oct 16, 2009 Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole: Workers Who Fail Medical Tests Could Pay More

QUOTE: By more than doubling the maximum penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the [new healthcare] legislation could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol,

Washington Post
Oct 02, 2009 Dark and Bitter: Food workers increasingly exist in a legal limbo with no protections for wages, benefits, job security, or life and limb. Why are employers like Hershey off the hook?

QUOTE: In this new world, workers are paid only when needed. There are no more messy layoffs -- merely the end of an assignment. All the risks are shifted to workers. Staffing agencies often tout their services as giving employees flexibility and variety, but [Nik] Theodore's research shows they are worse off by many measures.

American Prospect
Sep 06, 2009 How to Negotiate a Severance Package

QUOTE: As the national unemployment rate nears 10 percent, many Americans are doing something they had never imagined they would do: negotiate a severance package.

Washington Post
Jun 23, 2009 Choosing the right side after an acquisition isn't always obvious

QUOTE: A merger/acquisition can sometimes make you feel like you're trapped in an episode of "Turf Wars Gone Wild"

Jun 12, 2009 IT staff snooping HR and layoff lists, taking data with them

QUOTE: In a recent survey conducted [by Cyber-Ark Software] on network admins and other IT staff, more than a third admitted to snooping into HR records, layoff lists, customer databases, and M&A plans.

Ars Technica
Aug 03, 2008 Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching (WORK & FAMILY)

QUOTE: In a budding trend some employment experts say is invasive, companies are stepping up electronic monitoring and oversight of tens of thousands of home-based independent contractors. They're taking photos of workers' computer screens at random, counting keystrokes and mouse clicks and snapping photos of them at their computers. They're plying sophisticated technology to instantaneously detect anger, raised voices or children crying in the background on workers' home-office calls. Others are using Darwinian routing systems that keep calls coming so fast workers have no time to go to the bathroom.

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Jul 16, 2008 John McCain Can't Read This Column

QUOTE: I hate ageism. I really do. Assumptions made about people because of their age (young or old) drives me nuts....McCain recently admitted to The New York Times that he currently has other people go online to get him the information he needs...

PC Magazine
May 21, 2008 Health and Your Career: Is Your Weight Affecting Your Career?

QUOTE: overweight people who have experienced weight-based discrimination in the workforce. While many victims of the bias have suspected their appearance has been hurting their careers, two new studies analyzing decades' worth of research show just how pervasive the problem is.

Dec 03, 2007 From Stand in Long Island Slavery Case, a Snapshot of a Hidden U.S. Problem

QUOTE: The law is probably best known for its focus on prostitution and child-sex traffickers; yet in the last few years, in a few highly publicized cases like the Sabhnanis’, federal and state task forces set up to deal with sex trafficking have also begun to focus on the exploitation of domestic workers.

New York Times
Nov 23, 2007 Careers Give India’s Women New Independence

QUOTE: The new opening has hardly rubbed away old restrictions. As they wrestle with new uncertainties and new choices, many young Indian women are embracing the changes tentatively, tinkering for the time being with the customs of the past.

New York Times
Sep 05, 2007 Exhibit A in Painting Court as Too Far Right

QUOTE: The business community is scrambling to fight what would be the first legislative initiative of the Democratically controlled Congress to overturn a decision by the emerging conservative majority on the court, headed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.

Washington Post
May 16, 2007 Controversial CEO to Leave Smithsonian Business Ventures

QUOTE: Gary M. Beer, the founding chief executive of the Smithsonian's business unit and architect of a controversial deal with Showtime Networks Inc., has announced plans to leave amid internal and congressional inquiries into his management, expense account and promotions of a female subordinate...The era of Small and Beer was marked by corporate-style compensation, executive-rich expense accounts and deals with private partners that clashed with the scholarly, public-sector ethos of the 160-year-old institution.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2007 Fear Of Firing: How the threat of litigation is making companies skittish about axing problem workers

QUOTE: THESE WORKERS WIELD A POTENT WEAPON: They can force companies to prove in court that there was a legitimate business reason for their termination. And once a case is in court, it's expensive. A company can easily spend $100,000 to get a meritless lawsuit tossed out before trial. And if a case goes to a jury, the fees skyrocket to $300,000, and often much higher. The result: Many companies today are gripped by a fear of firing. Terrified of lawsuits, they let unproductive employees linger, lay off coveted workers while retaining less valuable ones, and pay severance to screwups and even crooks in exchange for promises that they won't sue.

Apr 16, 2007 When a layoff is the reward for experience: Circuit City's move to replace veteran employees with cheaper workers results in anguish and lawsuits.

QUOTE: Although large-scale layoffs have become a fact of life in corporations – Citigroup announced last week that it is cutting 17,000 jobs – the move by Circuit City has attracted particular attention and, in some circles, criticism and anger. What sets this layoff apart from most others is the fact that some of the best employees are being replaced. That raises questions about the role and value of experience in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 27, 2007 Consultant Warns of Web 2.0 Risks: Security vendor Clearswift says employees pose security risks by discussing work issues on social media Web sites

QUOTE: Security vendor Clearswift has advised companies to review or implement security policies and procedures around web 2.0 applications after a survey found that 42 per cent of company employees aged 18 to 29 had discussed work-related issues on social media websites.

Aug 01, 2005 A Canadian Telecom's Labor Dispute Leads to Blocked Web Sites and Questions of Censorship

QUOTE: Telus, the leading telecommunications company in western Canada, does not typically block its subscribers' access to particular Web sites. But the company did play censor when it came to two sites related to its current labor dispute.

New York Times
Feb 03, 2005 Army Considers Extending Reserve: Move Would Help Meet Iraq Demand

QUOTE: Massing enough troops for another rotation in Iraq will be "painful" and may eventually require the Pentagon to adopt policies that would extend the two-year limit on the mobilization of reserves, a senior Army leader told Congress yesterday.

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2005 The Weblog Question

QUOTE: As more professionals create Weblogs, those opinion-filled Web sites ... the complexities and questions are beginning to surface.

Jan 27, 2005 Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS: White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel Policies

QUOTE: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.

Washington Post
Jan 24, 2005 Gray Matter and Sexes: A Gray Area Scientifically

QUOTE: Has science found compelling evidence of inherent sex disparities in the relevant skills, or perhaps in the drive to succeed at all costs, that could help account for the persistent paucity of women in science generally, and at the upper tiers of the profession in particular?

New York Times
Mar 17, 2003 Employers who pay sexes unequally targeted in bill

QUOTE: ...women make only 76.3 percent of what a man earns for doing the same work...A proposal pending in the [Illinois] state Legislature...would stiffen penalties for employers...who don't pay men and women equally for performing the same duties.

Chicago Sun-Times
Feb 16, 2003 Wal-Mart Faces Lawsuit Over Sex Discrimination

QUOTE: An ambitious discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest employer, accuses it of favoring men over women in promotions and pay.

New York Times
Feb 10, 2003 Wal-Mart takes hits on worker treatment

QUOTE: At the pinnacle of its success, the [Wal-mart] company is fending off critics who say Wal-Mart discriminates against women, underpays workers and uses illegal tactics to kill unionization efforts.

Dec 22, 2002 Shhhh! Late Shoppers Buy Online @the Office

QUOTE: ...a new breed of office shoppers is logging on from work, using coffee breaks, lunch hours and even time on the clock to cram an order under the wire.

New York Times
Nov 10, 2002 Dressed To Shill: Lawsuit Challenges Rule That Salesclerks Must Buy Designer Clothing

QUOTE: ...contends that the company crossed a line in requiring the staff to wear the clothes, buy them at a 65 percent retail discount and update them twice a year, even if it meant going into debt.

Washington Post
Oct 28, 2002 Firms Face Challenge In Capturing Departing Employees' Know-how

QUOTE: Do workers who provide detailed information on how they do their jobs dig their own graves? That's how some experts see a proposal put forth by Hamilton Beazley, co-author of Continuity Management: Preserving Corporate Knowledge And Productivity When Employees Leave (John Wiley & Sons, August 2002).

Oct 15, 2002 When Workers Organize, China's Party-Run Unions Resist

QUOTE: Local officials set up the group as an experiment, hoping it would help them manage the thousands of migrants from the countryside who had taken factory jobs in town. And for three months, it seemed to flourish.

Washington Post
Oct 08, 2002 Tech firms target workplace downloads

QUOTE: Technology companies Macrovision and Websense are teaming up to root out illegal MP3s, movies, games and other copyrighted material on employees' work computers.

Aug 08, 2002 Perdue Settles Suit for {$10} Million

QUOTE: Perdue Farms Inc. agreed yesterday to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit for failing to compensate workers for time spent putting on and taking off protective gear.

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2002 Case of Princess and Maid Reveals Failing of New Law

QUOTE: ...a niece of King Fahd, does not have to be in court to face accusations that last December in Orlando she pushed her maid down a flight of stairs, a Florida prosecutor said.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2002 UPS Doesn't Deliver for Part-Timers

QUOTE: [UPS's] new five-year deal with the Teamsters shows that, in a stumbling economy, employers again have the upper hand...

Jun 25, 2002 Suits Say Wal-Mart Forces Workers to Toil Off the Clock

QUOTE: intense focus on cost cutting had created an unofficial policy that encouraged managers to request or require off-the-clock work and avoid paying overtime.

New York Times
Jun 11, 2002 Business Wins Again in Disabilities Ruling

QUOTE: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that the Americans With Disabilities Act does not require employers to hire people whose own health or safety would be put at risk by performing the job.

Apr 29, 2002 Court Says That Seniority Has Precedence Over Disability

QUOTE: Today's ruling declared that an accommodation sought by a disabled employee is generally not reasonable when it conflicts with seniority rules.

New York Times
Apr 27, 2002 Boston's Fine Restaurants Serve Up a Food Fight: Some Wait Staff Sue Over Practice Of 'Pooling' Tips

QUOTE: ...servers involved in these lawsuits say they were forced to hand over all their cash tips to management at the end of each night. Then, without their input, the money was pooled and divided among servers, bartenders, busboys, food runners and some managers...

Washington Post
Apr 10, 2002 Update your Internet use policy to stop download abuse

QUOTE: Users who download and store MP3 collections on company equipment and network not only hog bandwidth but also are exposing your network to security breeches and your company to copyright infringement liability.

Mar 03, 2002 Wait a Minute. Didn't Enron's Employees Ride That Stock UPC

QUOTE: Why are Enron's employees, who helped perpetrate one of the great corporate frauds of all time...deserving of reparations...

Washington Post
Jan 08, 2002 Supreme Court Narrows Reach of Disability Law

QUOTE: The Supreme Court narrowed the reach of a landmark disability rights law Tuesday, ruling that an assembly line worker with carpal tunnel syndrome was not entitled to special treatment on the job.

New York Times
Dec 03, 2001 Taking Precautions--or Harassing Workers?

QUOTE: Arab Americans say employers are violating their rights...

Nov 16, 2001 Security Bill Is Criticized by Those It Would Displace

QUOTE: ...some members of the industry do not plan to sit quietly and allow the government to take over their contracts, which have been valued at $330 million. Mr. Quinn said some companies were considering seeking compensation from the government for federalizing their work force.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2001 Baseball's Minor Infractions: in Latin America, Young Players Come At a Bargain Price

QUOTE: ...what are the responsibilities of the U.S.-based teams that conduct business in poor, often-corrupt societies and of an industry that wields enormous power over a vast pool of unsophisticated teenage ballplayers?

Washington Post
Sep 25, 2001 Survey Reveals That Employers Filter E-mail to Avoid Legal Action

QUOTE: Wary of Legal liability, employers are increasingly taking action to clean up employees' e-mail...

Sep 01, 2001 Every Employee's Guide to the Law

ABSTRACT: The indispensable legal handbook "for anyone looking for a job, holding a job, or leaving a job" has now been substantially revised and updated to include new laws and regulations.

Random House

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