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  • Weekly Claims For Unemployment Rise But Trend Is Positive

    Weekly Claims For Unemployment Rise But Trend Is Positive

    By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted 377,000, after a nearly four-year low the previous week. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications increased 21,000. Applications had plummeted two weeks ago... Continue Reading

  • Server Alleges Aspen Restaurant Operators Illegally Pooled Waitstaff's Tips

    Server Alleges Aspen Restaurant Operators Illegally Pooled Waitstaff's Tips

    Waiting on restaurant tables can be demanding and messy work. For many food servers, however, the reward lies in the form of tips that customers leave, making an otherwise paltry-paying job a bit more lucrative. Waitstaff might do even better if they didn't have to part with some of those earnings. It's... Continue Reading

  • 5 Predictions For Careers And Business In 2012

    5 Predictions For Careers And Business In 2012

    As technology continues to evolve and improve, its adoption in the workplace continues to grow, allowing employees to work virtually from anywhere. That's a boon for many workers, helping them balance competing demands of career and family life. Technology's evolution also helps employers, of course, who see... Continue Reading

  • The Recovering 2012 Job Market [Infographic]

    The Recovering 2012 Job Market [Infographic]

    After years of cutbacks and layoffs, the nation's labor market finally appears to be on the mend. Latest monthly data from the Labor Department shows the unemployment rate inched down to 8.5 percent in December, though millions of Americans remain out of work. Still, the report showed that job growth was... Continue Reading

  • Florida Law Enforcement Employees Paid To Get Drunk

    Florida Law Enforcement Employees Paid To Get Drunk

    It's rare for employers to allow workers to drink alcohol on the job. But in Florida, state employees not only imbibed while on the clock -- they got drunk and were paid to do it. The incident, reported by the Sarasota Herald Tribune earlier this week, was part of a "study" that the Florida Department of Law... Continue Reading

  • Atlanta Nurse Donates Kidney To Save Patient's Life

    Atlanta Nurse Donates Kidney To Save Patient's Life

    An Atlanta nurse is being praised for going beyond the call of duty for donating a kidney to save a patient with a rare autoimmune disorder. The nurse, Allison Batson, 48, donated one of her kidneys to 23-year-old Clay Taber, a patient diagnosed with Goodpasture's Syndrome nearly two years ago. (The two are... Continue Reading

  • Study: NYC Retail Workers Underpaid, Too Few Have Steady Hours

    Study: NYC Retail Workers Underpaid, Too Few Have Steady Hours

    New York City is many things to many people. But if there's one feature that most agree on, it's that Gotham is an expensive place to live. The average rent for a Manhattan apartment is nearly $3,000 a month, roughly three times that of the average rent paid nationwide, so it can tough making a living in the... Continue Reading

  • Chicago Secretary Fired For Working During Lunch Wins Court Battle

    Chicago Secretary Fired For Working During Lunch Wins Court Battle

    A Chicago woman fired for working through her lunch break has won her legal battle to collect the unemployment benefits denied her by her former employer. The aggrieved employee, Sharon Smiley (pictured at left), succeeded in her effort despite a lack of legal help. None of the attorneys from whom Smiley... Continue Reading

  • Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

    Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

    Since its inception in 1986, the holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. has steadily gained acceptance among employers, who increasingly have added the holiday to the list of paid days off. Still, though the ranks of businesses that honor the King holiday have grown, a greater number of... Continue Reading

  • California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

    California Car Wash Workers To Get $1 Million In Settlement

    Working at a car wash may not be the most glamorous job, but for workers at several of them in California it's gotten a little more rewarding. Owners of eight car washes across the state have agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages and penalties for underpaying the workers and denying them rest and... Continue Reading

  • Stock Market's Stagnant Year Means Smaller Bonuses On Wall Street

    Stock Market's Stagnant Year Means Smaller Bonuses On Wall Street

    Workers who routinely track the balances of their 401(k) savings know that 2011 was a pretty dismal year for investing in stocks. The S&P 500, a broad stock index that includes about 75 percent of publicly traded U.S. companies, finished 2011 statistically where it began, meaning many investors ended the... Continue Reading

  • Which College Majors Lead To Higher Unemployment? [Infographic]

    Which College Majors Lead To Higher Unemployment? [Infographic]

    As the recent Occupy Wall Street protests have shown, many young people are angry about the rising cost of college. Few want to be burdened by tens of thousands of dollars in debt and are seeking debt forgiveness on college loans -- especially in light of the nation's lackluster job market, which is yielding... Continue Reading

  • Survey: Employee Confidence Rises As Economy Slowly Revives

    Survey: Employee Confidence Rises As Economy Slowly Revives

    The nation's labor market continues to make incremental progress and that improvement has boosted optimism among Americans about their jobs and finding new employment, a new survey shows. In the final three months of 2011, 41 percent of employees said it is "likely" that they would be able to find a job... Continue Reading

  • CEO John Hammergren: Earning $150 Million Under The Radar

    CEO John Hammergren: Earning $150 Million Under The Radar

    The recent recession and ongoing sluggish economy have contributed mightily to ongoing debate about the divide between rich and poor. Growing wage inequality is one of the drivers behind the recent Occupy Wall Street protests that spread across the country and the world. The richest of the rich have been... Continue Reading

  • 10 Most Stressful Jobs Of 2012

    10 Most Stressful Jobs Of 2012

    For many Americans, stress is an integral part of work. Whether caused by looming deadlines, balancing demands of job and family, or a career that routinely involves risks to life and limb, stress can both help us do our jobs better -- by keeping us on our toes -- and take a toll on our overall health by... Continue Reading

  • Woman Sues After Witnessing Co-Worker Crushed By Elevator

    Woman Sues After Witnessing Co-Worker Crushed By Elevator

    Terrified by the memory of witnessing a co-worker being crushed to death by a falling elevator, a New York City woman is suing her employer and the company responsible for the machine's maintenance. New York's Daily News reports that Kathleen Mullahy, 36, is incapable of stepping foot in an elevator "out of... Continue Reading

  • After Decades On The Streets, An NYC Prostitute Contemplates Retirement

    After Decades On The Streets, An NYC Prostitute Contemplates Retirement

    It's not often that you hear the details of a career lived on the streets, let alone by someone who raised a family from the money she earned working them. But Barbara Terry supplied them for an article in The New York Times. Trained to be a medical lab technician, by age 21 Terry's husband had left, leaving... Continue Reading

  • 11 Of The Stupidest Employees Of 2011

    11 Of The Stupidest Employees Of 2011

    Every year is filled with stories of employees who -- to put it diplomatically -- didn't think before acting. And 2011 was no exception. Whether it was the Chick-fil-A cashier in Southern California who substituted derogatory words for two Asian customers' real names on their receipts or the Indonesian... Continue Reading

  • Gun-Toting Clerk Accused Of Bullying Employees In Michigan

    Gun-Toting Clerk Accused Of Bullying Employees In Michigan

    Being bullied may conjure up images of tough kids on a playground taunting smaller classmates. But it's quite a different scenario in suburban Detroit, where a local government employee stands accused of intimidating co-workers -- and not merely with a gruff attitude. Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon... Continue Reading

  • 9 Steps To Landing A Job [Infographic]

    9 Steps To Landing A Job [Infographic]

    As the current job market continues to prove, competition among job seekers remains stiff. More than 14 million Americans are looking for work, so securing an interview in itself is reason to celebrate. To get the job, however, applicants need to impress hiring managers on several levels, and the key to... Continue Reading

  • Might Employers Start Asking Job Applicants For Facebook Passwords?

    Might Employers Start Asking Job Applicants For Facebook Passwords?

    The growing use of social media allows people to share all manner of experiences, no matter how mundane or ridiculous. But the ease with which individuals' adventures can be shared also raises myriad privacy concerns, not the least of which is how much information potential employers have access... Continue Reading

  • 'Tis The Season For Temporary Workers [Infographic]

    'Tis The Season For Temporary Workers [Infographic]

    Each year the nation's retailers hang out the "Help Wanted" sign in anticipation of a pick up in sales driven by holiday purchases. Despite the languid recovery, this year is no exception. In October, considered the first month for holiday hiring, retailers added 141,500 jobs -- nearly on par with the number... Continue Reading

  • Are Jobless Recoveries Really That Unusual? [Infographic]

    Are Jobless Recoveries Really That Unusual? [Infographic]

    By economists' determinations, the recent recession the nation endured beginning in December 2007 officially ended in mid-2009. But for many jobless Americans the pain still lingers. More than two years into the rebound, job creation remains tepid, leading some to refer to the current economic situation as a... Continue Reading

  • 'Liars For Hire' Provides Fake References For Job Seekers

    'Liars For Hire' Provides Fake References For Job Seekers

    When it comes to looking for a job, it pays to be honest. Or does it? A company called the Reference Store has raised the ire of some employment professionals for providing fake references to job seekers with less-than-stellar work histories. "They are absolutely right. We are professional liars," Everett... Continue Reading

  • The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

    The Job Market For Bachelor's Degree Holders [Infographic]

    The escalating cost of a college education has many young people wondering whether a bachelor's degree is worth the expense. Given the current lackluster state of the job market, some are deciding that it's not worth going into debt for tens of thousands of dollars only to find themselves on the unemployment... Continue Reading

  • 80 Is The New 65 For Retiring Americans

    80 Is The New 65 For Retiring Americans

    The idea of retiring at age 65 is no longer a reality to many Americans, with many anticipating that they will have to work another 15 years -- to age 80 -- before they can afford to quit work, a new survey shows. Further, the poll of 1,500 middle-class Americans showed that 76 percent of respondents felt it... Continue Reading

  • How Americans Spend Their Days [Infographic]

    How Americans Spend Their Days [Infographic]

    We Americans are a busy bunch. We shop. We worship. We tend to our families. But mostly we eat, sleep, work and watch TV. That's the key finding from a University of California researcher who's made it his mission to help average people visualize complex sets of data. Nathan Yao, who's published his findings... Continue Reading

  • Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

    Americans Leave Average Of 11 Unused Vacation Days On The Table

    When it comes to taking a vacation, we Americans are a sorry bunch. Not only do we leave much of our allotted time off on the table, a new study finds, but a significant number of us feel guilty about requesting to use the time afforded by employers. According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 57... Continue Reading

  • Anatomy Of An Outstanding Resume [Infographic]

    Anatomy Of An Outstanding Resume [Infographic]

    In today's competitive job market, creating the best resume possible may seem daunting. It can help to view the process much like an elaborate puzzle that comes together piece-by-piece. Begin by making sure all your contact information at the top of page -- the header -- is current and free of errors. In... Continue Reading

  • More Jobs Being Created Online, Report Says

    More Jobs Being Created Online, Report Says

    With the nation's unemployment rate continuing to languish at around 9 percent, many unemployed workers are left to wonder where the jobs are. A new report suggests they're increasingly found in the online world. What's more, these new employment opportunities aren't limited to the high-tech sector, but are... Continue Reading