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  • 3 Ways to Maximize Your Lunch Break

    Instead of eating at your desk, taking a little break and getting some fresh air during the day may help relieve stress and reduce afternoon fatigue. Make the most of your lunch break. Following are just three ways you can maximize your time off in the middle of the day.
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  • 3 Things Employers Won't Tell You About Social Media

    By now, we've all heard stories about people being fired for their social media use, either because they got caught tweeting on the company time, or because they said something outside of work, that tarnished their employer's brand. But there's more to the perils of social media than just saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Here's what your employer knows about social media that might surprise you.
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  • Work at Home? Here's How to Avoid an Audit

    The Consumerist has a helpful list of tax tips to follow to avoid being audited by the IRS. Some of these sage pieces of advice are relevant to people who work at home, or who run home-based businesses. If you work at home, take heed of these three things when reporting your income.
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  • Wisconsin and the 7-Day Work Week

    Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker has bragged that his state went from the 43rd best state in which to do business to the 17th during his tenure.That is a big improvement over the course of four short years. While business owners in Wisconsin may be enjoying an improved environment, we must ask what makes Wisconsin business-friendly, and whether those traits create an unfriendly environment for workers or residents. In the long run, what is bad for employees may also be bad for business.
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  • Radical Idea in Education Might Save Students Money

    The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has implemented some radical ideas in higher education and, so far, it seems they are successful. They want to hire teachers who want to teach, and enroll students who want to learn. Sounds simple enough, although other colleges and universities sometimes fail to achieve this. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is that UMR costs less than traditional schools.
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  • 4 Ways to Cope if You Lose Your Job Tomorrow

    We spend more time at our jobs than we do cultivating personal relationships, and similar to relationships, our jobs are important parts of our lives and often define a large part of who we are. Losing a job is similar to breaking up, and the coping mechanisms necessary to survive the transition address so much more than simply knowing how to budget severance pay or updating your resume.
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  • Your Favorite Football Team Might Be Guilty of Wage Theft

    Whether you're a fan of the Raiders or some other football team, the abuses alleged in the recent class-action lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court may be more common than the football industry cares to admit. The suit alleges not only the usual wage theft violations such as no overtime pay, but a laundry list of patronizing and insulting, not to mention illegal, requirements that would cause any feminist to wonder at our lack of progress over the last century.
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  • Executive Presence Leads to Executive Careers

    You may have the necessary education and expertise to become an executive, but do you have executive presence? The way we present ourselves goes way beyond wearing a power tie or a navy blue skirt and blazer. Having or developing certain interpersonal skills and presence are necessary if you wish to become a leader.
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  • New Worker Co-ops Lead to Economic Prosperity

    The newest incarnation of worker cooperatives are worker self-directed enterprises (WSDE). WSDEs combine aspects of capitalism and socialism, resulting in an improved version of a centuries-old idea. Not only do the workers decide together when and how much to produce, but they themselves choose, via a democratic process, how to use the enterprise's net revenue. Suddenly, government agencies dependent upon enterprise tax payments become dependent not upon the CEOs, but on the workers themselves.

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  • Does Your State Want to Raise the Minimum Wage?

    PayScale's recent survey indicates which state populations are in favor of raising the minimum wage to a full $15 per hour. Do you live in a state that is fighting to raise the minimum wage?

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  • Should Workplace Bullying Be Illegal?

    A great quote from a practicing lawyer is, "It is not illegal to be an unlikeable jerk." In Australia, newly crafted workplace bullying laws might just limit some jerkiness. The United State of America does not currently address workplace bullying, determine whether the behavior itself is illegal, or provide any sanctions or penalties. Should we?

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  • 3 Little-Known Ways to Nail the Interview

    When you get an in-person interview, the pressure is on to put your best foot forward. You want to impress your interviewer with your knowledge, background, and skills. Funny how little things we take for granted make a big difference. Consider these three little-known ways to make the right impression and be remembered for the right reasons next time you get the call to come in and meet the hiring manager in person.

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  • Does Your Employer Respect Your Rights as a Breastfeeding Mother?

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gives working mothers rights so they can pump milk and breastfeed their children. These rights went into effect in 2010. Unfortunately, many employers behave as if these rights do not exist. In addition, the law lacks teeth; there is not much in the way of enforcement at this time. The growing numbers of working mothers filing suit against their employers may, with any luck, have an effect upon how nursing mothers are treated at work.
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  • What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Whistleblower

    Wouldn't it be lovely if employers rewarded employees for helping to ensure that business is in compliance with the law? Unfortunately, too many employers would rather not spend the money to keep up with health and safety standards, or be caught when they are guilty of wage theft. In other words, your boss might consider whistleblowers a nuisance.

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  • 3 Steps to Change Bad Work Habits

    We all have habits that we'd like to change, and some of those habits decrease our work productivity. Procrastination and messiness are big problems for some professionals, but there are also seemingly small habits such as nail-biting or hair twirling that, believe it or not, can have negative repercussions at work. They look unprofessional and color how bosses, co-workers, and clients perceive you. The following three basic approaches to changing bad work habits may be applied to any and all behaviors you'd like to change.

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  • Why You Want to Nap at Work, and What to Do About It

    Need a nap? If you're at work, that's probably not a good thing. The key is to figure out why you're tired. Sometimes, we stay up too late, but fatigue can also be a chronic condition, or a response to stress. If we understand why we're sleepy, we might be able to examine our own situation and gain more energy at work.
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  • 3 Reasons Why Working People Need a Welfare State

    What would happen if the welfare state in America was eliminated? That's the question that a Quora user recently asked. Many of the answers serve as reminders of the self-serving reasons why we should contribute to a social safety net.

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  • Forget About Wages, It's About Pay Ratios

    Anyone who has ever had a boss plead poverty as an excuse for not giving raises, or even paying living wages, needs to read this article. The United States of America has no regulations regarding the difference between lowest and highest paid employees and CEOs of companies. That means people who pay minimum wages with no benefits to workers are free to set six figure take-home salaries for themselves, and it happens all too often. The fight to reverse this growing gap is starting.
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  • We Are Free to Exploit You

    Those who would like to dismantle labor unions are on the attack. As more states consider enacting right to work laws, people on both sides of the argument are disseminating information and misinformation in an attempt to rally others to their cause. It's too easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees. It's good to know who is behind efforts to disable unions and what their full agenda is.
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  • Employee, Independent Contractor, Exempt: You May Be Misclassified

    Unfortunately, it is much too common for employers to misclassify their employees. This inaccurate and inappropriate reporting of job classes and responsibilities results in workers losing benefits and monies owed. Understand the difference between employees, independent contractors, exempt, and non-exempt workers to protect your rights.
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