By now you’ve probably heard about the Wells Fargo scandal, where the bank relentlessly pressured its employees to open new customer accounts, resulting in millions of “sham accounts” opened to meet unrealistic quotas.  Last month customers filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo, a...
Good news for American workers: new federal overtime rules are going into effect at the end of the year. Back in 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to draft now overtime regulations that would live up to the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, while simplifying rules ...
In a widely-circulated article this summer, Jynne Dilling made a radical proposition to American workers who take fewer and fewer vacation days, and feel increasingly guilty when they do: go beyond the sanctioned 2-week vacation and expand your time away to a full 3 weeks. As she points out, th...
For bosses who want to spy on employees at work, it’s never been easier – or more commonplace – than it is today. But the practice has HUGE drawbacks. Despite the fact that some companies justify employee monitoring as a way to make their operations run more smoothly, it can actually damage m...
As business writer Jo Confino recently argued, having a meaningful job doesn’t automatically translate into personal happiness. In fact, the truth often works the other way around: it’s our personal happiness and fulfillment that gives work its sense of purpose. Confino recalls meeting se...
The bill requires contracts for projects and payment within 30 days of completion. When it comes to a timely paycheck, freelancing sucks. Freelance workers often don't get compensated with the same regularity that salaried, or even hourly, workers do. Instead, they may have to follow up with a clie...
Every institution needs rules. But companies don't need to be shortsighted and lazy in their efforts to maintain and ordered, functioning workplace. Most of us can understand the temptation to draft up binders and binders of guidelines and regulations. Travis Bradberry, author of the bestselling ...
Walmart employees are protesting over the 15 days leading up to Black Friday with the aim of raising the retail giant’s minimum to $15 an hour, reports Reuters. While the 15 days for $15 is a catchy tactic, those labor activists are also fighting for expanded full-time opportunities and better ben...
Recent studies indicate that breastfeeding moms aren’t getting the accommodation they need at work—although there's something they can do about it. Pumping milk at work is one of the worst indignities of new motherhood. The woman is hiding away in some tiny windowless closet, breasts out,...
. “Ask for what you want.” This job advice is so rarely acted upon that it deserves endless repeating: “Tell people what you want, and then go out and get it,” said Eileen McDonnell, the CEO of Fortune 1000 insurance firm Penn Mutual. In a recent interview, McDonnell shared how surprised she...