• 4 Legal Decisions That Fell on the Side of Workers in 2015
    Some of the legal decisions that were made in 2015 didn't do much to help workers. For example, Wisconsin was added to the list of Right-to-Work states this year. Many feel that these laws, which change how unions collect fees from the workers they represent, hurt unions and the middle class. In other disappointing news, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Integrity Staffing Solutions vs. Busk case, mandating that companies are not required to compensate workers for the time they spend in security-screening at the end of their shifts – or for any task that's not an "integral and indispensable" part of their job, for that matter. But thankfully, the legal news for workers wasn't all bad this past year. So, let's focus on the good, shall we?
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Company Should Give You Paid Leave
    This election cycle, paid family leave has become a major campaign issue, drawing attention to the fact that many other countries mandate paid leave, so why not the U.S.? Critics say laws requiring employers to offer these benefits would hurt small businesses and hamper economic growth. Here's why it's actually in your employer's best interest to give you paid time off, including sick time and family leave.
  • 4 Surprising Facts About Retirement and How We're Getting Ready For It
    There is no shortage of reminders urging you to prepare for your retirement in advance – even in your 20s, as far in advance as you possibly can. These days, people are also considering other kinds of preparations that go beyond finances. For example, there's a move toward emotionally preparing for retirement, which seems like a good idea since new research has linked depression with retirement, especially for men.
  • When Is the Best Time to Negotiate Salary?
    What do entry-level workers and executives have in common? To get the salary they deserve, they both need to negotiate. That's bad news if salary negotiation makes you uncomfortable, but the good news is this: by negotiating pay, you're almost certain to earn more over the course of your career. However, timing is everything, so let's talk a little bit about when to ask for the salary you deserve.
  • SCIENCE: Why Do We Go to Work When We're Sick?
    There is a real, dumb reason we go into work when we're sick, and it's super scientific. We broke down analysis by the researchers at the University of East Anglia to help us understand this madness.
  • How Important Is Cost of Living When Considering Relocation for a Job?
    If you're pondering relocation to a new city for a job opportunity, you're probably hoping to make more money. But, determining how far your salary will go in your new town can be kind of tricky. We all know that cost of living is a factor to evaluate when considering a job offer, but is it more important than salary? Here are a few things you should know.
  • Is the Ideal Vacation Even Possible for US Workers?
    Did you take a vacation this summer? Do you wish you could've taken more time off? As fall draws near, so do the feelings, for many, of slight remorse caused by a summer spent mostly indoors, most often at work.
  • 5 Things to Negotiate, Other Than Salary
    The words "compensation" and "salary" are often used interchangeably, as if they are synonyms, but that isn't the case at all. It's important to remember (particularly during negotiations) that salary is just one aspect, one part, of the compensation you'll receive from your employer.
  • Could Salary Transparency Close the Gender Wage Gap?
    Little by little, cultural taboos in the U.S. are being eradicated. With each passing generation, we grow increasingly comfortable with discussions that would have stunned those who came before us. However, there is one remaining taboo in our society that is going just as strong as ever: money. We don't talk about money, not with our friends, often not even with our families. And, sharing our salaries with our co-workers? Well, that feels completely out of the question. But, there might be something to gain from talking about pay with our colleagues and getting a little honest with each other.
  • Incredible Company Perks: Top 5 Swag and Service-Based Perks
    Imagine penciling "manicure" between "conference call" and "team meeting" on your to-do list, and letting your boss deal with cleaning your house. Or, if whimsy is your thing, think about what it would be like to rent a kitten for your cubicle, or get unlimited free Snickers for the rest of your career. At some companies, perks like these aren't just the stuff of daydreams – they're employees' real-life, workaday experience.
  • Women Over 65 Are Twice as Likely to Live in Poverty
    The gender wage gap is a persistent problem that's taking a long time to solve. The fact is that on average, women earn about 78 cents for each dollar brought in by men. And, new data suggest that this is having a significant effect on the state of women's finances in retirement.
  • Incredible Company Perks: Top 3 Cash Rewards
    As PayScale has reported in the past, the crazy perks that employers sometimes offer to lure potential hires or satisfy existing ones can be unusual and/or extremely valuable. While it goes without saying that you'd be hard-pressed to find an employee willing to work without monetary compensation — it's called a "job" for a reason, after all — some companies have advanced the ever-escalating incentives competition even further by offering cash-based benefits on top of existing salaries or wages. From hiring bounties and quitting bonuses, a staff liquor fund, and even a budget to overcome your fears (seriously), here's a list of the top cash-based incentives that employers have implemented in order to stay competitive in attracting quality talent.
  • The 5 Worst States for Teachers
    Whether you're new to the profession, or a master veteran to the science/art, you probably know that teaching is a very difficult job. The curriculum, rules and regulations, and "best practices" are ever-changing so you can never get too comfortable. The money isn't great – to say the least. Not to mention that, on any given day, the work itself is seemingly endless, very difficult, and largely underappreciated (and/or misunderstood) by society at large.
  • 'Silicon Valley' Illustrates Why Salary Transparency Is So Important
    HBO's hit comedy, Silicon Valley, always features pitch-perfect parodies of the tech industry, but this week's episode, The Lady, focused on a topic near and dear to PayScale's heart: salary transparency. This most recent episode not only entertains, but illustrates what happens when employees don't know why their employer pays the way it does.
  • 7 Reasons You Must Take a Vacation, Even If You 'Can't'
    Many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to take the vacation time that is coming to them and get away from the office for a while. There are always a million reasons why "taking a vacation is impossible right now." Work is too busy, you have a presentation/meeting/client on the horizon that you can't miss, etc. Some folks even proudly proclaim, "Oh, I never use my vacation time," as if that's a good thing. But, in a lot of ways, it's not. Maybe this list of reasons that you simply must take a vacation, even though you "really can't right now" will help to convince you.
  • Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Women and Money Talks
    A new study finds that women are more likely to discuss medical issues and other taboo topics with others than talk about money matters. We’ll examine the reasons why women are so tight-lipped about talking dollars and cents, despite their keen financial habits.
  • The 10 Most (and 10 Least) Profitable Undergraduate College Degrees
    Of course, you could make your millions after earning your bachelor's degree in English or art history, but if high earning potential is your post-graduation goal, you'll want to target your educational plans accordingly. (Hint: think STEM.)
  • State Legislators Attempt to Shut Down Paid Sick Leave for Pennsylvania Workers
    In December of 2014, a task force in Philadelphia that was formed to study the issue of the benefits and pitfalls of paid sick leave came to its conclusion: Paid sick leave is necessary. Now, two Pennsylvania state senators are announcing their intent to propose legislation to preemptively prohibit mandatory paid sick leave for employees. Two steps forward, three steps back.
  • Unemployment Is Down, So Where Are the Wages?
    If you've been waiting for a fatter paycheck to find you in 2015, so far the news has been discouraging. Unemployment rates are down, which is exciting news, but we still haven't seen an improvement in wages. Here's why a lower unemployment rate hasn't translated to higher pay -- yet.
  • Obama Pushes Paid Leave for Americans
    Yesterday, President Obama signed a memorandum directing federal agencies to give employees up to six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child -- that's a "benefit he wants to extend to all American workers" with the Healthy Families Act, according to The New York Times. It's also long overdue. While the Family and Medical Leave Act provides for 12 weeks of unpaid leave, that magical "paid leave" is discretionary.

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