Salaries And Benefits

  • Sandwich Maker Gets Fired After Calling In Sick, Then Joins A Crusade

    Sandwich Maker Gets Fired After Calling In Sick, Then Joins A Crusade

    For three years, Ian Rizzio, 24, had been working for a Portland sandwich shop to put himself through school. He was the manager -- working 25 to 35 hours a week, earning $9.50 an hour -- when one day he woke up feeling sick. He went into work, but ended up vomiting in the bathroom. Knowing that he couldn't... Continue Reading

  • Is Housework Hurting Your Career?

    Is Housework Hurting Your Career?

    It's an article of faith among Americans that we are overworked. We work long hours at our paid jobs, then come home and put in a long second shift. Mothers, in particular, perceive their combined work and child-care hours as extensive, leaving us starved for time -- a starvation that we sometimes assume our... Continue Reading

  • How To Answer The 'Salary Requirement' Question

    How To Answer The 'Salary Requirement' Question

    You apply for a job: "What are your salary requirements?" Gulp. You're offered a job: "Is the salary acceptable?" Gulp. You want a raise: "Well, how much do you want?" Gulp. Continue Reading

  • Walmart, H&M Pay Cambodian Workers $200,000 In Historic Settlement

    Walmart, H&M Pay Cambodian Workers $200,000 In Historic Settlement

    When tales emerge from the retail supply chain, they're usually tragic, like the alleged sweatshop conditions at the Foxconn plants that churn out Apple products, or the 112 Bangladeshi workers who died when their factory, where clothes for Walmart, Sears Holdings and Disney were made, burned to the ground. But... Continue Reading

  • America's Fastest-Growing Job Pays Poorly

    America's Fastest-Growing Job Pays Poorly

    By Annalyn Kurtz The fastest growing job in America pays poorly. Meet home health care aides. These nearly 2 million (mostly minorities and women) workers do everything from prepare meals and clean homes, to bathe and change bedpans for elderly and disabled patients. Continue Reading

  • Jobs With Surprisingly High -- And Low -- Paychecks

    Jobs With Surprisingly High -- And Low -- Paychecks

    By Susan Ricker Paychecks can vary based on factors including industry, location and company, though there's generally a standard pay range for every job function. Yet, many people have a preconception of what workers in certain fields earn, such as the assumption that all doctors and lawyers have high incomes.... Continue Reading

  • Best Buy Joins Yahoo, Kills Flexible Work Program

    Best Buy Joins Yahoo, Kills Flexible Work Program

    Recently Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ignited a national debate by banning work-from-home jobs. Now Best Buy Co. has followed suit. On Monday, it announced that it ended its much-vaunted program allowing corporate employees to work flexibly, where and when they want. Continue Reading

  • First Furlough Notices Go Out

    First Furlough Notices Go Out

    By Jennifer Liberto The first furlough notices for government employees have gone out. The Army sent letters on Feb. 28 and March 1 to unions warning that employees at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash., will be forced to stay at home without... Continue Reading

  • Simple Ways To Make More Money

    Simple Ways To Make More Money

    Who doesn't want to make more money? While we've all heard that money doesn't buy happiness, it's nice to be able to decide for ourselves if it's true or not. How can you earn more dough? You may be surprised to learn how some simple steps can make a difference in your bottom line. Continue Reading

  • What Would Characters In Oscar-Nominated Movies Make?

    What Would Characters In Oscar-Nominated Movies Make?

    By Debra Auerbach When people go to the movies, it's often to escape the realities of everyday life. For a few hours, they can forget about what's bothering them, and instead, immerse themselves into the world in which the characters are living. While some movie characters may reside on another planet in the... Continue Reading

  • Is Now The Right Time To Ask For A Raise?

    Is Now The Right Time To Ask For A Raise?

    By Susan Ricker Would you rather stay at your current pay level or get a raise? The answer is obvious -- who wouldn't want a bigger paycheck? While you may be ready for a boost to your bank account, don't be so sure that your boss agrees. Your supervisor will consider many factors before giving your bigger... Continue Reading

  • Highest-Paying Internships Aren't On Wall Street Anymore

    Highest-Paying Internships Aren't On Wall Street Anymore

    Working at Google has become such the stuff of legend that even aging box office frat bros Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn will be taking internships there in a film this summer. This year, Google ranked as the best-rated company for interns, according to job review site Glassdoor.com. There is something striking,... Continue Reading

  • Why Some Employers Are Trying The 4-Day Workweek

    Why Some Employers Are Trying The 4-Day Workweek

    In an era in which employers are cutting all imaginable costs to simply keep the lights on, it's not surprising that a few pioneering employers are experimenting with four-day workweeks. Georgia and Virginia have implemented trial phases of a plan for some government workers, reports the BBC. Even a few... Continue Reading

  • This Is What Your Co-Worker Earns

    This Is What Your Co-Worker Earns

    For many employees, discussing pay with co-workers is something you just don't do, in part because employers -- especially smaller ones -- frown upon sharing such details. But no longer. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a small but growing number of private-sector firms are letting employees in on company... Continue Reading

  • Pastor Refuses To Pay Tip -- And Receipt Goes Viral [UPDATE]

    Pastor Refuses To Pay Tip -- And Receipt Goes Viral [UPDATE]

    Employees have on occasion been guilty of doctoring receipts to say offensive things. There was the Hooters receipt that referred to two Korean immigrant customers as "Chinx" (they filed suit), the Maryland RadioShack employee who called a customer an "ugly itch" on her receipt, from "ghettohood, usa." But... Continue Reading

  • Make Super Bowl Monday A National Holiday,  Petition Says

    Make Super Bowl Monday A National Holiday, Petition Says

    The federal government's grandest experiment in democracy -- the online WhiteHouse.gov petitions -- have brought the people together on such causes as deporting Piers Morgan, creating a Death Star, mandating state Pokemon, and the secession of a dozen of our union's states. The upcoming Super Bowl has prompted... Continue Reading

  • 7 Things Workers Want More Than A Good Job Title

    7 Things Workers Want More Than A Good Job Title

    By Susan Ricker There are often more perks to a job than a paycheck, as employers make an effort to retain their top workers and entice new prospects. From offices to flexible schedules to company cars, employees are enjoying more job incentives than ever, though they still have workplace wish lists. Continue Reading

  • The Shoe Salesman: Soon To Be An Extinct Job?

    The Shoe Salesman: Soon To Be An Extinct Job?

    Online shopping -- with its deep deals and sheer ease -- has won over customers. But people like Nelson Springer, a shoe salesman at Macy's who works on commission, end up paying the price. Continue Reading

  • Smaller Paychecks Coming -- Bosses Say, Don't Blame Us

    Smaller Paychecks Coming -- Bosses Say, Don't Blame Us

    By Jose Pagliery Everyone's paycheck is about to take a hit, and it's not the boss's fault. But some business owners say it's a tough talk to have. The rate of workers' payroll taxes, which fund Social Security, has been 4.2 percent for the past two years. As of Jan. 1, it's back to 6.2 percent, on the first... Continue Reading

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Accepting A Job Offer

    5 Questions To Ask Before Accepting A Job Offer

    By Doug Arms Finding the right job is never easy, and a recession that has caused employers to be gun-shy on hiring has made it even harder. So it's easy to understand how it might be tempting to jump at an offer for a job that seems to meet your requirements: full-time with a salary. Yet it's important to... Continue Reading

  • Advice For The Boss: How To Improve Morale Immediately

    Advice For The Boss: How To Improve Morale Immediately

    By Vivian Giang As workplaces undergo dramatic transformations, leaders must learn to manage in an entirely different way. To lift morale, leadership must be flexible and innovative. "When employee morale is high, productivity rises. When employee morale is low, it's hard to retain the best and brightest... Continue Reading

  • How To Take A Vacation Without Losing Your Job

    How To Take A Vacation Without Losing Your Job

    Most experts preach the importance of taking a vacation. And there are plenty of studies showing it's good for your health, productivity and creativity. But in America, most of us are limited to two weeks paid vacation. And most of us don't take even that in large part because we fear for our jobs, according to... Continue Reading

  • Secrets To Getting A Raise That Your Boss Won't Tell You

    Secrets To Getting A Raise That Your Boss Won't Tell You

    By Vickie Elmer Picture the payday ahead: A 10 percent pay raise plus three extra vacation days. If you want this to be more than wishful thinking, pull out your goals and get your game on for the performance review and raise season that's just ahead. Most companies hand out merit raises after the first of... Continue Reading

  • Hostess Fights To Give Execs 'Liquidation' Bonuses

    Hostess Fights To Give Execs 'Liquidation' Bonuses

    Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of the iconic Twinkies snack cake, will square off in a bankruptcy court on Monday against an agent of the U.S. Justice Department, who says the wind-down plan is too generous to management. The U.S. Trustee, an agent of the U.S. Department of Justice who oversees bankruptcy... Continue Reading

  • Finding A Truly Family Friendly Employer

    Finding A Truly Family Friendly Employer

    By Lindsay Olson If family ranks high on your list of priorities, your life will run much smoother if you work for a company that is family friendly. But definitions vary: Some companies just provide the bare-minimum requirements (like unpaid time off for having a baby), while others go above and beyond to... Continue Reading

  • Vets Complain: Veterans Administration Sitting On Paychecks

    Vets Complain: Veterans Administration Sitting On Paychecks

    By Dan Elliott Exasperated veterans who work part-time for the Veterans Administration while attending college say their VA paychecks are sometimes weeks late, leaving them in trouble with bill collectors or having to borrow money to avoid eviction. The two-week VA paycheck is typically about $360, and can... Continue Reading

  • Gender Pay Gap Persists: New Female Grads Earn $7,600 Less Than Men, Report Finds

    Gender Pay Gap Persists: New Female Grads Earn $7,600 Less Than Men, Report Finds

    The gender pay gap is an enduring fact of American life. Many say that's due to the enduring responsibilities of motherhood, which lead to women taking more time off than men to care for the kids. But according to a new report from the American Association of University Women, just a year out of college, the... Continue Reading

  • 4 Ways To Ensure You Get A Promotion Next Time

    4 Ways To Ensure You Get A Promotion Next Time

    By Lindsay Olson If you were expecting to get promoted, but got passed over, you're understandably confused and probably frustrated. But how you react and what you choose to do next can greatly affect your career path, so carefully consider your actions. Continue Reading

  • Is A Long Paternity Leave A Good Idea?

    Is A Long Paternity Leave A Good Idea?

    In the U.K., there's a proposal afoot to allow either parent to get a parental allowance for most of the first year of a child's life. Currently, (if I'm reading the U.K.'s literature right) mothers get the first 6 weeks at 90 percent pay, and then can take the next 33 weeks at a state allowance (that's the... Continue Reading

  • The 3 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers

    The 3 Biggest Myths About Retail Workers

    Employees at Walmart, the world's largest retailer, are striking for the first time in 50 years. It's hard to believe it took so long. Walmart Stores Inc. is a massive corporation, yet many workers receive low wages and are denied benefits. But a couple of big myths about retail workers keep the public from... Continue Reading