On the heels of news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating links between the 5-Hour Energy drink and 13 deaths over the past few years, the product’s manufacturer is defending the safety of its caffeine-loaded “shots” when users follow the guidelines as directed on the bo...
No matter where Americans stand on the health care debate, everyone can agrees on the obvious fact that costs have been rising at alarming rates for decades now. Health care now makes up 18 cents of every dollar spent in the U.S.; compare this to 1970, when it was 7 cents for every dollar. This beg...
Often, injured workers involved in a workers' compensation claim will receive notice from the Department of Labor and Industries instructing them to schedule and complete an IME exam. The reason cited by L&I, as well as many other private insurance companies, is that the IME allows a doctor othe...
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published information on work-related deaths in 2011, highlighting the three occupations with the highest fatality rates. Workplace Fatality Many are surprised to learn that among fishermen killed on the job, rates have been cut nearly in half since 2009. Unf...
Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed titled “When You’ve Had One Meeting Too Many,” and to no one’s surprise, the article shot straight to the top of the most-read and most-emailed list. Carson Tate, who runs a management consulting firm, wrote the piece after working with one too many ...
Many are surprised to learn that hotels can be a dangerous place to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, hotel worker injury rate stands at 5%, making it the highest level of injury among all service industry workers. Hotel room cleaners have substantially higher rates of inju...
“Gay troops can fight for the country and be maimed or killed, but they can't be scouts?” Aaron Belkin, a Political Science scholar at San Francisco University and author of “Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire” recently published a thought-provokin...
Trends in the job market show an increasing number of men entering jobs traditionally dominated by women: teaching, nursing, dental assisting, bank telling, reception work and waiting tables. The shifting terrain of the American labor market is driven by many factors, including financial issues, qua...
Over 40 million American workers receive no paid sick leave. These individuals must work when ill or take unpaid days off, which can cause financial hardship, and, sometimes, dismissal. As a recent editorial in the New York Times argues, “the best way to address this workplace and public health pr...
One of the questions that drives a perennial wedge between liberal and conservative thinkers is the role of hard work versus luck in an individual’s success. Conservatives tend to celebrate financial success as a fairly reliable consequence of talent and exertion. Liberals, on the other hand, remi...