Ask Daniel Felner about his $7.65 per hour job as a receptionist at a YMCA branch in New Jersey, and the 26-year-old will get effusive. "Everyone is so pleased with me," he says in a telephone interview. "I get complimented on the way I answer phones. Sometimes I compliment people when they walk in. And most of... Read More »
In a boost to President Obama and his supporters, the U.S. Supreme Court voted Thursday 5-4 to largely uphold the health care reform law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Its expansion of Medicaid for the poor was scaled back, though, giving states' greater control.) The much-anticipated... Read More »
What bugs you the most about your job? And what crazy excuses would you give to escape your office? These were the questions that the corporate research consultancy Wakefield Associates explored in an online survey of 1,013 office workers for Citrix, a Fort Lauderdale-based tech company. Read More »
"We can't afford the job-killing policies in Obamacare," Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said and tweeted recently. Repealing President Obama's controversial health care reform on the grounds that it hurts the economy is one of Romney's signature messages.
It's a popular goal, too, as poll... Read More »
Pamila Bourasa has epilepsy but has not had a seizure since 1980, thanks to medicine she takes. So when the 57-year-old resident of Vale, Ore., was hired to be a cook at the Pioneer Place Assisted Living Facility, she didn't think much about letting her new employer know that she might get a positive result on... Read More »
Men have always had the rap of being messier and dirtier than women. And according to new research, such a difference between them may not be confined to the home but shows up at the office too. Read More »
Telling your co-workers that you're HIV-positive might make many people nervous. But the nurse was working at the Christian Care Center, a faith-based elder care facility whose motto is "Caring Is Our Calling." So during her first month on the job, the licensed practical nurse alerted her co-workers that she... Read More »
As the nation's baby boomer generation has aged, there's been a corresponding increase in demand for workers to provide health-care services. It comes as little surprise then that the health-care sector has added an average of 28,000 jobs a month during the last 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor... Read More »
There are few stories more heart-wrenching than those in which workers take advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. But the case involving 86-year-old Renee Fuld is particularly egregious because the New York City woman also is disabled.
Fuld's aide, Jackie Pokuwaah, 52, was arrested last year for... Read More »
Lots of workers pour their hearts and souls into their work, but it's the rare employee who actually surrenders an organ to save a boss's life. But that's exactly what Debbie Stevens (pictured at left) did last year, and now the onetime secretary is challenging her former employer for firing her shortly after... Read More »
By most accounts, Lisa Harrison was a dedicated, hardworking employee. A manager of child-care services for children of patients at Family House, a Terrytown, La., drug treatment center, Harrison even moonlighted selling cosmetics so that she could buy gifts and supplies for the children.
But she also was... Read More »
By Lori Michelle Ryan
Which fields are growing and offer well-paying jobs? STEM careers - those that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics - require special skills and training and professionals are in high demand now and will be in the future.
In the new edition of his book, 150 Best... Read More »
Who goes on sick leave and why? A recently published British study offers a provocative answer, suggesting intelligence -- or lack thereof -- plays a major role. The researchers, writing in the journal BMJ Open, found that the better people performed on childhood intelligence tests, the less likely they were... Read More »
As a driver for UPS, Peggy Young sometimes had to lift up to 70 pounds on the job. When she got pregnant, her doctor said that probably wasn't a good idea and Young should stick to packages 20 pounds or less. Even though UPS routinely assigns "light duty" to injured or disabled employees, it put Young on unpaid... Read More »
The struggles of the American worker are by now well-known. He is is either out of work, or if he is lucky enough to have a spot in the workforce, he is overworked as employers seek to come up with effective business models amid a challenging economic environment. And now comes this -- he's wildly unhealthy to... Read More »
It was the seatbelt extender that did him in. When Ronald Kratz alerted his superiors at a Houston-based plant run by BAE Systems that he was having trouble buckling the seatbelt of a forklift that he was operating, he suggested he use a seatbelt extender. Read More »
If corporations are people, as some politicians famously claim, then should they be expected to act like it?
Not according to one UPS supervisor in Kentucky, should the charges against him be proven to be true. When 46-year-old Dona Kerger approached her superiors at her Kentucky UPS branch about finding a... Read More »
Mandate may already be the most charged word in the health care industry, but this is a new twist altogether. The Michigan-based Munson Healthcare group has issued a new rule requiring all its employees, including doctors, to get a flu shot by the end of the calendar year, according to an Associated Press... Read More »
In the past eight years, Skype has enabled children to face-chat with parents out in the suburbs, and boys to talk to their girlfriends on a semester abroad in Beijing. But now, the video chat service promises to revolutionize one of the most fundamental services in society. At least in the U.K., the National... Read More »