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'...
In a recent account shared on Lifehacker, freelance writer Rebecca Fishbein described her experience working from home for a full year. She noted several upsides to the laid-back life of couch-consulting. She doesn't have to deal with a commute, she rarely puts on real pants or shoes, and she can...
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....
For many office workers, “working from home” has replaced a day spent recovering under the covers. In a recent NYT article on "The Death of the Sick Day," respondents flooded the comment section to say that it had been years - even more than a decade - since they had taken a sick day. Ind...
Have you ever felt that time off wouldn’t be worth it because the planning and preparation effort — not to mention mountain of catch-up work — would be so overwhelming? If so, you’re not unusual. More than 50% of Americans take less than their allowed vacation time each year. Some reasons...
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...
When someone says they “don’t have enough time,” what they really mean is they don’t have time for the stuff they really want or need to do. But in the end, it's always a matter of reorganization. Nobody can create more time out of thin air. We're all limited to a fixed 24 hours per day and ...
When was the last time you went to a shopping mall? For many Americans, it’s been years — and in many communities, they’ve been shuttered for good. But don’t rush to declare the death of retail. Americans have started shopping more — in old-school stores. From the garden section at Walm...
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...