• Employee Monitoring: Justifiable Security Measure or Overly Orwellian?
    Remember that time you worked yourself into a hypochondriac frenzy, and wound up spending the whole afternoon at the office surfing WebMD and trying to figure out if people get cholera anymore? As it turns out, Bill the IT guy — or even your CEO — may have been assessing your risks at the same time in a very different way for very different reasons.
  • Working Dads Who Spend More Time With Their Kids Are Happier
    Hey, working dads. Yeah, you! Do you want greater job satisfaction, a happier household, less bickering with your wife, and praise from your co-workers? Seem too good to be true? Well, a couple of new studies show that you actually can have your cake and eat it, too – you just have to spend more time with the kiddos. Read on to see what we mean.
  • NYU Student Starts Petition to Combat Rising Tuition
    Nia Mirza is a future college student who should be happy, proud, and excited to be accepted into New York University's (NYU) freshman class in the fall. Instead, she is reeling from the most recent tuition hike that will cost Mirza and her family $71,000 for just her first year. In exasperation, she started a petition on to pressure NYU to roll back the increase.
  • 6 Tricks to Get You the Salary You Deserve
    Whether your goal is a raise after 10 years in the same position or you're a potential new hire preparing a counteroffer, talking about money can be uncomfortable, and salary negotiation is an art. To help you master it, here is a roundup of research- and expert-based tips and insights to equip your negotiating toolkit.
  • Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: Fair Pay by Nixing Salary Negotiations
    After a jury recently dismissed her discrimination suit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao said, "If I've helped to level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital, then the battle was worth it." In her current job as interim CEO of Reddit, she's fighting to narrow the gender wage gap by ending salary negotiations during the hiring process.
  • 6 Great Reasons to Bring Your Kids to Work With You
    Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 23rd and with summer vacation fast approaching as well, now might be a great time to start making plans. Or, since April break is well underway for a lot of kids, maybe now is the right time to bring your littles to work with you! Assuming your company is open to it, here are a few really great reasons to consider making the visit happen.
  • Ivar's Restaurants Up Minimum Wage Ahead of Seattle's $15 per Hour Mandate
    Ivar's, a seafood chain based in Seattle, deals a little differently with the usual problems facing restaurants. For example, most companies, faced with the challenge of generating PR, just whip up more creative ads. A few years ago, Ivar's did that ... and then put them at the bottom of the ocean. The organization put out the rumor that their late founder, Ivar Haglund, had placed billboards under Puget Sound. The signs, which were supposedly placed in 1954, bore slogans like: "Ivar's Chowder. Worth surfacing for. 75¢ a cup." Ivar's latest trick is no hoax: while some business owners have protested Seattle's minimum wage hike to $15 an hour minimum wage, the restaurant is rolling out a new, higher wage structure to staff before the phased deadlines.
  • Laid Off? This App Aims to Help You Beat Depression
    Social media has an amazing ability to connect people; however, with that comes both good and bad. The bad part is that anyone and everyone has the freedom to voice whatever opinion their little hearts desire, which promotes cyber bullying and allows other negativity to spread online. The good part is, the convenience and connectivity of social networks allow like-minded people to communicate, share, and help one another. One psychologist and MIT grad student, Robert Morris, used the positive aspects of social networking to formulate a site incorporating crowdsourced cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help users "debug" their negative thoughts and overcome depression.
  • #SameOutfitDifferentDay: Could a Woman Get Away With the Zuckerberg Uniform?
    Mark Zuckerberg wears the same work clothes every day: jeans, a gray t-shirt, and a hoodie. Sometimes, he adds Ray-Bans and sandals. In a recent New York Times article, he explains his rationale behind his look: "I'm in this really lucky position where I get to wake up every day and help serve more than a billion people. I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything, except how to best serve this community." But could a woman in a similar position of power do the same?
  • Sarah Thomas Earns Her Stripes as the NFL's First Female Referee
    There's a new face calling the shots for the National Football League and her name is Sarah Thomas – oh, and she just so happens to be the first female full-time referee in the history of the NFL. Read on to learn more about how Thomas began her professional journey and what fans think of her new, history-making promotion.
  • Highest Unemployment Rates by City
    To sum up the current unemployment status with just one number would be unfair. (Although, if we did, it would be 5.5 percent. Things are definitely looking up!) But unemployment data can't be boiled down quite that easily. Unemployment may be the lowest it's been in quite some time, overall, but the rate varies so widely that one number alone can't tell the tale. States and regions experience different economic realities, and the unemployment rate varies greatly by ethnicity as well.
  • Is Your Salary About to Increase?
    If you're looking for some good news about the economy after last Friday's lackluster jobs report, try this on for size: the latest data indicates that more Americans are quitting their jobs, which means two things: 1) an immediate boost in pay for many workers voluntarily hopping from one job to another, and 2) an increased sense of confidence that workers can find a better job somewhere else. All of this could finally translate to an increase in wages, even for employees who stay put.
  • 5 Reasons Why Criticism Is a Girl’s Best Friend
    Criticism can be extremely damaging, especially for career-oriented women who have been conditioned to care too much about what others think. In her article for The New York Times, author and business coach, Tara Mohr, says, "I often encounter women who don't voice their ideas or pursue their most important work because of dependence on praise or fears of criticism." We're here to try and encourage women to overcome this fear and learn to embrace criticism. Here's how.
  • Is Not Being Pregnant a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification for Exotic Dancers?
    A bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) is a defense to most types of discrimination. If the employer can show that the very nature of the job actually requires the characteristic that is leading to the otherwise illegal discrimination, the employer will have a defense. For example, airlines have argued unsuccessfully that being what was then called a "stewardess," now called a "flight attendant," required employees to be female. In a similar situation, a Georgia court has now addressed whether being "not pregnant" is a BFOQ for exotic dancers.
  • Rich Kids Graduate From College, Poor Kids Don't
    Getting a college education increases a person's income earning potential. In 2013, Americans whose households made over $108,650 in 2012 were more than eight times more likely to have graduated from a bachelor’s-degree program than Americans whose households made less than $34,160. Go back to 1970, and the higher-income group was five times more likely to have earned a bachelor's degree. The trend indicates that a college education has become more and more important to financial health and success. The problem is that the high cost of education makes finishing a bachelor's degree much harder for the nation's poorest students.
  • Minority-Serving Community Colleges Receive Less Funding
    Inequality is perpetuated in sneaky, hidden, ways. We've moved past some of the more obvious forms of oppression -- at least, on a good day -- but more subtle practices and policies continue to have a big impact.
  • 5 New Career Paths That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago
    The workplace is changing, thanks to new technologies and new ways of thinking about work. If you're looking to venture into semi-uncharted territory in hopes of a brighter career trajectory, then you may want to consider one of these five new careers.
  • What's Happening to Casual Friday?
    Ah, the much beloved workplace tradition of casual Friday. Who doesn't love the opportunity to take a break from the painful shoes and the stuffy suits -- or even the boring business casual? Getting a day off from driving up that dry cleaning bill, and having the option to wear jeans and sneakers, is pretty great stuff as far as most people are concerned. But, are casual Fridays changing right before our eyes?
  • PayScale's VIP Blog Roundup: Old School Skills, Salary Negotiation Don'ts, and Lies Happy People Don't Buy
    How can you tell a happy person from, well, everyone else? Often, it's that they spend less time tracking what other people think, and more time paying attention to their own goals. This week's roundup includes the false assumptions happy people don't make, plus a post on why we should thank our high school teachers for those classes we hated, and tips on what to avoid when negotiating salary.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 126,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Unchanged at 5.5 Percent
    This morning's report from the Department of Labor was a relatively grim one, reflecting 121,000 fewer jobs added than predicted by economists, and the lowest job creation numbers since December 2013. Employment rose by 126,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent.

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