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  • State Makes It Illegal for Companies to Demand Workers' Social Media Logins [infographic]

    In Washington State, employees no longer have to worry about the boss asking for access to their social networks. Now, locking down your profiles to prevent prying eyes should keep the people who matter from seeing something that could get you canned.
  • Why Big Companies Should Pay Workers More

    Could paying workers a living wage improve a company's bottom line as well? That's the possibility that Justin Fox explores in his recent column on HBR Blog Network.

  • Can You Get Fired Via Text?

    Once upon a time, it was considered poor etiquette to deliver bad news in any other way but in person, or at the very least, over the phone. You certainly wouldn't, for example, expect to get a Post-It note from the boss telling you that you no longer had a job. But thanks to our ever-growing reliance on mobile technologies, it's now possible for your boss to fire you without looking you straight in the eye, listening to your voice, or even putting pen to paper.

  • A Right You Don't Want: The Right to Work

    The basic concept of right to work is that those who wish to work should not be prevented from doing so. On the surface, that sounds like an excellent initiative. Dig a little deeper, and you will find the right to work movement is an attempt to fight the formation of unionized labor.

  • You Have the Right to Remain Pregnant

    This heartbreaking current event serves as a stark reminder: employees have the right to be pregnant. Pregnant employees have the right to accommodation. Don't let your employer bully you into risking the health and welfare of your unborn baby.
  • How Technology Killed the 40-Hour Work Week

    The ability to work at home is a "convenience" that may be cheating workers out of overtime pay. Technology helped to create this problem, but it also offers ways to solve it.
  • How Federal Law Helps Wal-Mart Fight Unionization

    Federal law gives employees the right to form, join, and assist labor unions. This allows employees to act together for their own benefit. Federal law also allows unionized laborers to choose representatives to bargain with employers on their behalf. Therefore, it may seem surprising that federal law has also allowed Wal-Mart to discourage unionization, often within legal limits.
  • Give Me a Break!

    People who work for nice, considerate employers may take certain privileges for granted, and even assume these privileges are rights. For example, if you are allowed to leave your work area to visit the restroom whenever you choose, you are enjoying a privilege, because this is something you do not have the right to do via the federal government.
  • 3 Most Important Rules for Working Teens

    If you're a teenager with a job -- or a family member of an employed teen -- you should be aware of the protections offered by The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. The FLSA mandates restrictions on child labor. Individual states have additional youth labor rules and regulations; any time the federal and state laws disagree, the law that provides the most protection for young workers applies.
  • It’s the End of Internships as We Know It: Fox Searchlight Ordered to Pay Interns

    In a groundbreaking employment case reported by NBC News, a Manhattan Federal District Court Judge ruled in favor of two production interns who worked on the blockbuster film “Black Swan." The ruling comes after a great deal of controversy and concern by the greater human resource community over what constitutes paid vs. unpaid assignments. The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs because, “that these internships did not foster an educational environment and that the studio received the benefits of the work.
  • Does Age Affect Productivity?

    Does productivity decline with age? A recent study suggests otherwise, claiming today's generation is actually earning less and not as likely to obtain as many academic credentials as workers older than 60. Boy, how times have changed.
  • Court Rules That Breastfeeding at Work Is a Protected Civil Right

    The Fifth Circuit has ruled in favor of a woman who was fired because she requested an appropriate place to pump at work. Her boss' actions have been found in violation of the employee's Title VII rights to be free from sex discrimination.
  • California Might Fine Wal-Mart $6,000 for Each Underpaid Employee

    It's no secret that many large companies make profits in part by keeping their labor costs down -- a move that puts a burden on taxpayers, who are then forced to make up the deficit by paying for Medicare, food stamps, and other assistance programs, as Rick Unger on points out. In fact, a recent report by the Democratic staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce found that Wal-Mart's low wages could be costing taxpayers $5,815 per employee -- and as a result, the State of California is considering legislation that would fine the retailer $6,000 for every underpaid employee.

  • Unrealistic Work Goals Are Legal

    An employee working in manufacturing and production wrote to The Evil HR Lady at CBS MoneyWatch to ask if her boss is out of line for increasing her production goal by 150 percent. He may be, but he hasn't broken any federal laws.
  • America Is the No-Vacation Nation

    The labor movement in the United States of America has won workers some important rights and benefits, such as weekends and overtime pay. There is still more work to be done.
  • Child Labor Is Alive and Well and a Problem for You

    Most of us in the developed world rarely see barefoot urchins with dirty faces and near-empty tummies wielding machine parts larger than themselves, but the sad truth is that child labor law violations exist today, and they create problems for all of us, not just the exploited minors.
  • Can They Fire Me For That?

    If you live in 49 of the 50 states, the answer to the above question is almost always, "Yes." Montana is the exception.
  • Unemployment Insurance Needs More Reforms for Part-Time Workers

    Unemployment insurance is the social safety net that allows workers and families to survive job scarcity in a volatile economy. Know the laws in your state.
  • When a Vacation Is Not a Vacation

    We've all heard the benefits of taking a real vacation, such as stress reduction and better quality of life. The problem is that so few working people get to take a good, long break from doing any work or thinking about work.
  • Coming Closer to Pay Parity for Women

    The Equal Pay Act outlawed employers from gender-discriminatory pay practices in 1963, but pay still isn't entirely equal. Now, legislation seeks to expand existing law to enact more protections against male-female pay disparities. Fed up, women are "leaning in" hard on this one, which means the Paycheck Fairness Act, twice rejected by Congress, might now stand a better chance of becoming law.
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