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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stop Complaining About Being Overworked, Unless You Live in One of These 5 Countries
    Americans may think they’re being overworked, but a new study shows that they’re just being a bunch of wimps compared to professionals in these five nations.
  • Who Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage? The Answer May Surprise You
    Is raising the federal minimum wage rate beneficial to the economy or not? We'll take a look at who's for and against raising the wage and how level of education affects people's opinions.
  • 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?

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • The Problem With 'Do What You Love'

    Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life, the saying goes. Of course, no one is really sure who said it. Attributions on the internet range from Confucius to Martina Navratilova. But the more important question is, can we really expect to do what we love, in today's world -- and should we?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your Employer Won't Necessarily Tell You About Your Rights
    As a worker, you do have rights. In spite of the efforts of the National Labor Relations Board, your employer does not have to inform your of your rights as an employee. And that makes it harder for you to know when your rights are being trampled, or find ways to better your own situation. Know which rights your employer won't tell about.
  • The Ugly Truth About Returning to Work Post-Baby
    New mothers are returning to the workforce in droves; however, the reality of going back to work is, often times, a bleak one for working moms. We’ll take a look at why going back to work postpartum is much harder than it may seem.
  • 3 Awesome Changes Coming in 2014 to California's Employment Laws
    It's a great time to live and work in and California. Three important new policy changes are going into effect in 2014 that give additional rights and benefits to employees in that state.
  • New Farm Bill Might Allow Agribusinesses to Stiff Workers
    The House of Representatives is currently considering weakening the FLSA rights of agricultural workers. The FLSA was designed to protect all those who toil under the employ of others. If we start taking away one group of workers' rights, whose rights will we take away next?
  • The Supreme Court Is Listening to a Lot of Employment-Related Cases Right Now
    Workers and laborers continue to file employment-related lawsuits challenging discrimination and wage violations. Some make it all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Is It Fair to Pay Some Workers Less Than Minimum Wage?
    There has been much discussion and debate recently about whether the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour should be raised. Some argue that this wage is so low it must be doubled to fairly compensate those who labor in the employ of others. It may come as a surprise that there are people who earn less than the federal minimum wage, and it is legal.
  • Working Parents, Want More Time With Family? There's a Law for That!
    Working parents might be able to breathe a little easier the next time they need to take time off of work to make it to their kid’s soccer game, thanks to The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013.
  • Your Name Isn’t White-Sounding Enough, So Kiss That Job Goodbye
    Sadly enough, many candidates still find themselves victims of blatant discrimination during the interview screening process, despite legally enforced equal employment opportunity laws. We’ll take a look at how your given name can make or break your chances of winning that dream opportunity.
  • It’s Legal in 29 States to Be Fired for Being Gay (and Why That’s Bad for Business)
    Did you know that, even today, employers can legally fire or refuse to hire an person based on his or her sexual orientation in more than half the country? We’ll take a look at this shocking fact and discuss how workplace equality is, without a doubt, good for business.