• National Fast Food Workers Strike for Living Wages
    Fast food workers are no longer fighting their battles alone. Various groups, including union organizers and religious groups, are calling for fast food workers across the nation to walk off their jobs together.
  • Can Your Employer Force You To Lie?
    There has been a lot of discussion over the past few years about what employees can and can not say on social media sites. It is one thing for employers to ban employees from posting negative things about the company, but requiring employees to post positive things about the company is another subject altogether. Can an employer force you to lie about the company you work for?
  • Florida Sick Pay Policy May Make You Sick

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill on Friday, June 14, 2013 that affects workers in Florida's ability to enjoy the benefit of sick pay. Depending upon who you ask, Scott is a champion of freedom or right-wing nut who is owned by big corporations.

  • Opinion: Internships Should Not Be Paid
    Employers offer interns valuable education and job training. If they must pay them, as well, then internships may become a thing of the past.
  • Lean In Foundation Seeks Unpaid Intern, Internet Goes Bananas

    Yeesh. No matter where you fall in the debate on paid vs. unpaid internships, you have to feel a little bad for Jessica Bennett. The Lean In Foundation editor posted a job listing on Tuesday, looking for an unpaid intern. She quickly deleted it -- but not before the citizens of the internet picked up on it and made their feelings known.

  • Wal-Mart Runs Afoul of U.S. Law, According to Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch has found Wal-Mart to be violation of federal laws, due to the retail chain's alleged attempts to prevent workers from forming a union.
  • Federal Labor Law Picks up Where the First Amendment Leaves Off

    Freedom of speech restricts the government's ability to suppress speech. The government may not restrict citizens from gathering in public or staging peaceful demonstrations, among other things. The First Amendment does not restrict private employers from firing you for talking about work on Facebook, but the National Labor Relations Board just might.

  • Depression's $23 Billion Toll on the American Workplace
    People diagnosed with clinical depression are much more likely to miss work. How much does their absenteeism cost the U.S. workplace? One study says it adds up to $23 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • 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!

    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.