Every Friday we round up the salary trends, career stories and job news that you may have missed during the past week.
- The war on corporate lunch breaks continues as the California Supreme Court ruled this week that while employers must still offer workers a 30-minute break for meals each shift, they no longer have to ensure that employees take advantage of that break.
- How large of a bribe would you accept to sell your corporate password? Nearly 48 percent of U.K. respondents indicated they would take ?5 or less, according to a new study by Ping Identity. When the password in question is to their Facebook accounts, 33 percent said that they would accept no less than ?50.
- Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" is currently being sued by the ICM talent agency, which helped negotiate the reality star's lucrative wages for Seasons 2 and 3 of the show. Court documents filed as a part of the complaint reveal that in the third season, Pauly D earned $100,000 per episode plus a $400,000 signing bonus. In the fourth season, his total compensation skyrocketed to over $1.9 million. What recession?
- Reed Hastings, the CEO and cofounder of Netflix, discusses the "freedom and responsibility culture" inherent at his company in a Businessweek column this week. Among its tenets: no formal vacation model. "[A traditional vacation policy] was an industrial era habit," he wrote. "I make sure to take lots of vacation to set a good example, and I do some of my creative thinking on vacation."
- Although "Dawson's Creek" ran for five seasons, James Van Der Beek reveals that he made almost no money for his role as Dawson Leery. "There was no residual money," he explained. "It was a bad contract. I saw almost nothing from that."
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