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  • Are Forced Wellness Incentive Participation Programs Illegal?
    While some people are now obtaining health insurance through other means under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans still get their coverage through their employer. As the cost of health insurance premiums continues to rise, more insurers and employers are beginning to offer wellness incentive programs. The general idea is that if you participate in a wellness program, you pay a lower premium. The program is supposed to increase your wellness, decreasing the cost of your medical expenses and thus the cost of your insurance. But now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is cracking down on some wellness programs that have gone from being voluntary to involuntary.
  • 3 Lessons for Employees From the Ray Rice Case
    You almost surely have heard of the Ray Rice scandal. In a nutshell, for those who have not followed the story, Ray Rice was a player for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. Earlier this year, he was criminally charged for a domestic violence incident involving his then fiancé (now wife) in an elevator. The NFL suspended him for two days. Now, months later, a copy of the surveillance video from the elevator was released. After the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice and the NFL has suspended him indefinitely.
  • Costco Allegedly Tells Female Employer to Be Friendly to Her Stalker
    Costco, one of the nation's leading retail warehouse chains, stands accused of sex discrimination. The Glenview Announcements reports that a lawsuit filed in Chicago this week accuses Costco of creating a sexually hostile work environment.
  • A Brief History of Women's Fight for Equal Pay
    As long ago as 1776, Abigail Adams implored her husband to "remember the ladies" while drafting the Constitution. John Adams was not easily swayed, asserting that men "know better than to repeal our masculine systems." Women have been fighting for the right to be treated as equals ever since, including the right to be paid the same as men for similar work. The following is a brief history of attempts to ensure equal pay for women in modern times.
  • 15 Things Working Moms Who Breastfeed Have to Think About (and 4 Tips to Make It Easier)
    Returning to work post-baby poses more problems than a newbie mother might anticipate, especially if she chooses to continue breastfeeding. Here are some tips to help pumping at work not be such a dump.
  • Food Lion Accused of Religious Discrimination
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Food Lion, a supermarket chain, stands accused of workplace discrimination based on religion. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a discrimination lawsuit against the chain claiming that it fired a Jehovah's Witness because the worker requested days off due to his religious beliefs. In the suit, the EEOC is seeking back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
  • What to Look for in an Internship (and 3 Red Flags)
    One argument in the growing debate about whether interns should be paid is that too many companies benefit from the free labor of interns. This goes against the grain of what an internship experience was originally designed to be: an important part of the intern's education. One way to address this is to examine the quality of the internship. Here is what to look for and what to avoid.
  • 3 Signs That You're Getting Fired
    Sometimes, you can just feel the tension in the air. Something is wrong, you don't know what, but it is making everybody uncomfortable. Then you get fired, and feel blindsided. Often, the signs that you were about to be let go were there all along.
  • Continuing the Sandwich Wage Theft Trend
    Red Eye, a Chicago news weekly, reports that yet another fast food submarine sandwich chain franchise has been accused of cheating its workers out of the wages to which they are entitled. This time, the center of the allegations is a Jimmy John’s franchise.
  • Are Unpaid Internships Slave Labor?
    The rising tide of lawsuits filed by unpaid interns for violations of labor laws are evidence that some businesses consider interns to be exploitable, free labor. There are reasons that interns are traditionally unpaid, but it may be time for this to change.
  • Suit Claims Subway Franchise Made up Fake Employees to Avoid Paying Overtime
    The Huffington Post reports that a man is suing a Subway franchise, alleging that rather than paying him the overtime he was due, his boss created fake employees.
  • Where Wal-Mart Is Paying More Than Twice Minimum Wage
    If you need a job making $15 to $20 per hour, would you apply at Wal-Mart? If you live in Williston, North Dakota, you just might. The very fact that a company known for underpaying its workers is offering such wages has started some interesting conversations about minimum wage.
  • Looking for a New Job? It Could Get You Fired
    Sick of your current job, and thinking about looking for something better? Then you may want to save up enough to pay your bills for a few months, just in case your job searching gets you fired. While many people think they can only be fired for looking for a new job if they do it on their current company's time, that couldn't be further from the truth. Put simply: it is perfectly legal for an employer to fire you for the sole reason that you are looking for a new job.
  • Facebook Can Get You Fired
    Sometimes, we like to think that freedom of speech gives us the right to say what we want to our friends without having to face any consequences. Unfortunately, the law does not see things that way. Our freedom of speech, provided by the First Amendment, only protects us from the government preventing us from speaking our minds. So while you can't go to jail for saying your boss is a pain in the neck, you can certainly get fired for it.
  • Should You Share Your Salary With Your Co-workers?

    Salary transparency is hot right now. More companies are revealing what workers make, in the hopes that it will increase trust, improve productivity, even minimize the gender pay gap. But that doesn't meant that sharing salaries is totally without peril for employees.

  • Higher Minimum Wage Correlates With Job Growth
    One of the biggest arguments against raising the minimum wage has been a pay hike's potential impact on job growth. Many business groups argue that employers won't be able to hire more people if they can't offer low wages. However, recent data from the Department of Labor shows that this might not be the case. Twelve of the 13 states that raised their minimum wage since the beginning of the year have experienced more job growth than lower-wage states.
  • What to Do Right After You Have Been Fired or Laid Off
    It’s Friday morning and there is an eerie feeling going around the office. People seem on edge, and your boss is communicating with you via sternly worded emails that are direct and to the point. Some of these emails may even criticize your recent job performance. You may even know that you’ve made a serious mistake, or you may have been the target of an unruly supervisor or manager who has made your life extremely difficult for weeks, months, or even years. All the signs add up to the last email of the day telling you to come up to the human resources manager’s office, where he or she informs you that your employment with the company is being terminated. What now?
  • Obama Wants Paid Maternity Leave for Working Families
    At the White House Summit on Working Families last month, President Barack Obama said that working families in this country should have paid maternity leave.
  • America Still Lags Behind the World in Maternity Leave
    According to the World Policy Forum, the United States of America, Suriname, and Papua New Guinea have something in common: they are the only nations that do not require employers to provide paid maternity leave.
  • The Best and Worst States to Be a Working Mother
    Some states offer new parents and families additional protections in the workplace, on top of federal protections. Many, however, do not. How does your state stack up?