Companies really don’t like having their dirty laundry aired in public. And they’ve come up with a lot of legal tools to ensure that employee disputes never see the light of day in open court. One of them is a mandatory arbitration agreement that many workers sign when they’re hired, which r...
Adequate rest and meals breaks are one of the most basic workplace rights, helping ensure that employees not only don’t burn out, but they can reach their potential day in and day out. For dangerous jobs, particularly when they affect the public, regular breaks are all the more important. That'...
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage may have been a win for workers trying to make a living in an increasingly expensive city, but other wage challenges that have accompanied its implementation make clear that the fight for fair compensation isn’t over. That was made clear in a $2.4 million settleme...
Diners at Seattle's Melting Pot location may have noticed more than just menus, glassware and fondue on their tables during recent visits: management has also been serving up notices of a 3-4% price hike at their restaurant, a surcharge they say is used to cover higher minimum wage costs in Seattle....
It's clever, but also a troubling sign of Japan's labor priorities. Researchers at the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute have built HRP-5P, a humanoid robot that can do a large number of construction tasks during labor shortages or in the case of serious hazards. The pr...
If you want to get a light penalty for committing a crime, you’re better off cheating employees of their earned wages than stealing a pair of designer shoes or the latest electronics off the shelf at your local retailer. That’s what a recent report shows in the Demos research brief, The Ste...
If you want to remain competitive as the global job market changes under your feet, there are three important things to remember. Much of what you learned in college is of limited use, the majority of future jobs don’t even exist yet, and a large percentage of current jobs remain vacant because th...
Despite the good press Nike has enjoyed recently from its partnership with social activists Colin Kaepernick, the athletic apparel company is still struggling in its relations with women. Four former female employees are now suing Nike for gender discrimination, according to a class-action lawsuit f...
Last month, Bloomberg reported that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has amassed a fortune worth $150 billion. That is the largest amount in modern history, and mind-boggling however you look at it. Bezos is the only hecto-billionaire on the planet. He is worth two million times more than the average Ameri...
With summer vacation upon us, teachers across America are scrambling to make ends meet. These are no longer the "off" months they were in years past. Now, teachers have to take side jobs to pay the bills. The data on pay rates is quite alarming. Teachers now make 24 percent less than the average ...