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Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

Would Overturning 'Obamacare' Create More Jobs?

"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 »

Epileptic Worker Denied Nursing Home Job, Gets $80,000 And Apology

Epileptic Worker Denied Nursing Home Job, Gets $80,000 And Apology

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 vs. Women: Guess Whose Offices Are Dirtier?

Men vs. Women: Guess Whose Offices Are Dirtier?

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 »

Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive

Christian Nursing Home Fires Nurse After Learning She Is HIV-Positive

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 »

A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

A Job In High Demand That Pays $68,000 A Year

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 »

NYC Health Aide Guilty Of Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Woman

NYC Health Aide Guilty Of Stealing $800,000 From Elderly Woman

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 »

N.Y. Worker Claims She Was Fired After Donating Kidney For Boss

N.Y. Worker Claims She Was Fired After Donating Kidney For Boss

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 »

Employer Can't Fire A Worker For Being Obese, EEOC Says

Employer Can't Fire A Worker For Being Obese, EEOC Says

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 »

5 High-Paying Jobs In Demand In 2012

5 High-Paying Jobs In Demand In 2012

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 »

Study Finds Intelligent People Take Less Sick Leave

Study Finds Intelligent People Take Less Sick Leave

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 »

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

How Employers Get Away With Firing Pregnant Women -- Legally

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 »

9 In 10 American Workers Are Overweight

9 In 10 American Workers Are Overweight

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 »

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

600-Pound Forklift Operator Claims His Dismissal Is Weight Discrimination

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 »

UPS Employee Fired After Requesting Special Accommodations For Depression

UPS Employee Fired After Requesting Special Accommodations For Depression

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 »

Michigan Hospital Group Tells Employees: Get Flu Shot Or Get Fired

Michigan Hospital Group Tells Employees: Get Flu Shot Or Get Fired

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 »

Doctors Use Video Chat To Examine Patients And Cut Costs

Doctors Use Video Chat To Examine Patients And Cut Costs

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 »

Trade Secrets Of A Massage Therapist: 10 Ways To Ensure A Great Massage

Trade Secrets Of A Massage Therapist: 10 Ways To Ensure A Great Massage

When you are shelling out $60 to $150 per hour, you want to get the best massage you can find. But how do you go about doing that? Chances are, if you are aged 25 or older, you've had at least one professional massage. In fact, according to the 2009 American Massage Therapy Association consumer survey, an... Read More »

Study: Working Moms Striving To 'Have It All' At Greater Risk Of Depression

Study: Working Moms Striving To 'Have It All' At Greater Risk Of Depression

The debate about whether working women can have it all has been going for decades, and there's no shortage of those who believe firmly one way or the other. A new study finds, however, that working moms can reduce the risk of depression if they at least admit that they can't do it all and acknowledge that... Read More »

Your Commute is Killing You

Your Commute is Killing You

It really is bad for you. Commuting. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has just been released, and the results make it clear that the more you commute, the less you will be doing with regards to job satisfaction, physical and emotional health. The data analytics were compiled during 2010, and culled... Read More »

Only 1 In 5 Medical Malpractice Cases Pay

Only 1 In 5 Medical Malpractice Cases Pay

By MIKE STOBBE ATLANTA (AP) -- Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. Each... Read More »

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