Workplaces have to make rules—that’s a given.  But is it necessary that they be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order? Many of us can understand the temptation. As any company grows, so does our difficulty maintaining standards. There are numerous instances where people cross a li...
The first week in the new Trump White House kicked off with a breakfast "listening session" including major American business executives. For the most part President Trump promised traditional Republican incentives of lower taxes and less regulation. But the conversation also included threats to im...
How should we address job loss caused by automation? Offer a universal basic income? Put the brakes on technological development? Cut back on the workweek? Provide more education — or change the very nature of education? Raise the minimum wage — or lower it? These questions are becoming more and...
Can employers ban the hiring of workers based on their hairstyles? According to a recent ruling by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the answer is yes.  In ruling on a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, refusing to hire someone with dreadlocks has been deemed legal...
You may have heard this week that Amazon.com will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store early in 2017 called Amazon Go. If successful, the  formerly online-only retailer would corner even more of our shopping dollars by siphoning business from traditional supermarkets and big-box stores. But why...
Uber has been ordered to pay $100 million to drivers seeking to be classified as employees, finally settling lawsuits threatening the company’s on-demand business model, which has historically depended on independent contractors. Just yesterday the popular ride-hailing company announced it will b...
The robots are coming! The robots are coming! The White House is concerned that robots are coming to snatch low-wage jobs. In a report to Congress last week, White House economists predicted that there’s an 83% chance that workers making under $20 per hour will lose their jobs to robots. E...
Richard Clem has found himself in a stinky situation. He just filed a lawsuit against his employer for passing too much gas at work. The 70-year-old man worked at Case Pork Roll Company of Trenton, New Jersey. According to court documents he was let go in February 2014 for excessive flatulence. Cl...
A recent submission to “Workaholic,” the New York Times career advice blog, posed a question that will probably sound familiar to many workers out there. The anonymous advice-seeker asked the following: “I work in communications for a large health care company, and I love the essence of what I...
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably heard about the bombshell report the New York Times ran last week on the brutal work conditions at Amazon.  The story detailed a cut-throat work culture (marathon conference calls on Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving, criticism from bosses for spotty...