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Esther Lombardi

Esther Lombardi writes about women at work, productivity and time management strategies, and breaking news. She has more than 15 years of professional writing, editing, and publishing experience, as well as a master's degree in English.  Esther is a full-time freelancer, who draws upon her background to give you fun and compelling stories. To her, the story and the vehicle(s) of expression are important, but sometimes it's just as essential to explore those areas just outside one's comfort zone. She loves to jump head-first into that deep ravine, and discover where her parachute will take her.

Most Recent Posts by Esther Lombardi
  • 5 Reasons to Take Vacation for the Holiday

    'Tis the holiday season, which means that the people you know (and work with) are likely taking one of two approaches: They are either working more than ever; or they are taking lots of time off to be with their families and enjoy a well-deserved break. Here's the thing, though. More of us seem to be in the group of those who are working too hard and not having much fun. In fact, 40 percent of us don't take all of our vacation days each year.
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  • State Supreme Court Hands Down $188M Judgment Against Wal-Mart

    Hot on the heels of the recent Supreme Court decision against Amazon workers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just upheld the 2007 judgment for $188 million against Wal-Mart Stores, in Braun v. Wal-Mart Stores. The class action suit affects 187,000 workers, who worked for the company between 1998 to 2006, and centers around Michelle Braun and other Wal-Mart employees, who claimed that they were not compensated for working off-the-clock, as well as through meals and breaks.
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  • 4 Productive Ways to Spend Your Time in Line

    With the latest Supreme Court decision, some workers will find themselves standing in more security-screening lines at work, and for longer, and without pay. So, what do you do when you're stuck waiting to go through a checkpoint?
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  • Supreme Court Rules Against Amazon Workers: No Pay for Standing in Line

    The employee security-screening process doesn't have a reputation for being a pleasant experience. You've probably heard some of the horror stories, with long wait times and lost (or mistakenly taken) items. Perhaps the worst part about the experience for workers is that it's dead time -- you don't get paid for standing there, and you can't get that precious time back.
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  • 5 Job Search Tips for Pregnant Job Seekers

    Pregnant and unemployed. The words alone may make you want to cringe. After all, being either pregnant or unemployed could represent a stressful situation in your life. Taken together, it's just a bit scary. All the "normal" concerns of being jobless instantly become intensified when you're looking for a job while also preparing for the delivery of your baby. Just because it's more complicated doesn't mean that it's impossible to find a job that's perfect for you.
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  • 5 Ways to Fight Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination

    Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving a pregnant woman and the claim of workplace discrimination. According to court documents, Peggy Young requested a weight-lift restriction of 20 pounds from UPS, based on a doctor's recommendation, when she became pregnant in 2008. Instead, she was put on unpaid leave, without benefits.
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  • Top 5 Secrets for Better Productivity

    When it comes to making the most of your time at work, it's not just about choosing the right productivity apps. Truly productive people know how to accomplish more within the constraints of time, space, and resources. With these tricks, you can be everywhere at once -- or at least make it seem like you are.
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  • 5 Productivity Apps to Save Time and Sanity

    You have a mountain of work to do, and only a finite amount of time to accomplish it all in -- and the realities of the workplace and personal responsibilities get in the way. Fortunately, there are a myriad of time- and sanity-saving apps that will make your productivity levels skyrocket.
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  • 6 Unusual Ways to Land a Job

    Whether you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been in the job market for a while, there are times when you have to get creative to pursue your professional goals. If the tried-and-true methods aren't working, perhaps it's time to try something a bit more daring.
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  • 7 Tactics to Avoid the 'Overqualified' Blues

    Until now, you may have believed that it was a good thing to have lots of skills and an over-abundance of job experience. After all, you've worked hard over the years to build that portfolio and to earn every line on your resume. In the sometimes-backwards world of the job hunt, that gold-plated resume may actually be sending up red flags to your prospective employer.

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