This week, thousands of Walmart associates are in Bentonville, Ark., to celebrate the annual shareholders' meeting. So are hundreds of Walmart protesters, some employees, most organizers, all demanding better wages and working conditions. The protesters have so far grabbed much of the media coverage; but what... Read More »
Job seekers who have been looking for new opportunities for months, or even years, are unlikely to spend a lot of time and effort evaluating a new offer before signing on the dotted line. If you've been searching for for a long time, you may not have the luxury to turn down an offer. Read More »
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... Read More »
By Debra Auerbach
You've been waiting for this moment ever since the interview ended. You receive a call from the company's hiring manager, who says those six magic words: "We'd like to extend an offer." You're excited, but the hard work isn't over yet. It's time to talk about salary and benefits.
While... Read More »
It's been a long, hot summer for many working Americans, but perhaps none more so than the nearly 800 unionized employees at Caterpillar in Joliet, Ill., who have been walking the picket line in near-triple-digit heat on some days for nearly three months.
Despite the oppressive temps, picketing workers... Read More »
"Busy wives love the ease of shopping by phone," read a 1960s catalog for the country's biggest retailer. Sears can no longer lay claim to that title, and it discontinued its iconic catalog in 1993. But it remains a great American employer, with 3,447 openings last week alone.
Sears has been slipping since... Read More »
Many long-term unemployed will begin seeing their federal jobless benefits disappear starting this week.
Although Congress reauthorized federal emergency unemployment benefits earlier this year, lawmakers reduced the weeks the jobless can collect payments. The cutbacks come in two phases -- one now and another... Read More »
It's hard to find anyone who doesn't think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you're guilty of ending the year without using most of your... Read More »
Walmart is often credited with lowering the prices of consumer goods. Now the big-box retailer is being credited -- or more precisely, blamed -- for driving down some workers' wages and benefits.
According to a new report by a pro-labor group, the National Employment Law Project, workers employed by... Read More »
By Alison Green
Not much makes job-seekers more anxious than negotiating-or even discussing-salary. After all, you might ask for too much, ask for too little, or otherwise sabotage your own chances of getting the best possible salary. Negotiation will go more smoothly if you know what landmines to avoid. Read More »
WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee has approved legislation to give benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full Senate on Wednesday. The Senate has failed to pass previous versions of the bill. Read More »
Have you ever received a job offer and thought, "I wish the starting pay was higher"? At a time when getting the offer should be cause enough for celebration, you might assume negotiating for more pay is taboo. Not true! Here's one reason why you should: Read More »
By Woodrow Aames
At a time when companies are struggling to recruit certain talent, established companies and startups alike know they have to dangle perks to lure recruits into the fold. And since free food and drink, stock options and yoga classes are no longer special, sometimes that means offering... Read More »