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Police: New Jersey Teacher Arrested Over Explicit Internet Chat

BAYONNE, N.J. -- Hours after he was hired, authorities accused a New Jersey teacher of engaging in explicit online chat with a law enforcement officer who posed as a 12-year-old girl. Richard D'Amato Jr. of Bayonne is charged with two counts of attempted sexual assault of a minor, two counts of attempted... Read More »

Dozens Of D.C. Workers May Lose Jobs Over Alleged Unemployment Fraud

Dozens Of D.C. Workers May Lose Jobs Over Alleged Unemployment Fraud

Dozens of city workers in the nation's capital have been suspended, and face possible dismissal and prosecution for allegedly drawing unemployment benefits while still working. Nearly 90 Washington, D.C., employees were suspended Monday while the investigation proceeds, The Washington Post reports, citing... Read More »

Drugmaker Eli Lilly Eliminates 2012 Pay Raises In Cost-Cutting Move

Drugmaker Eli Lilly Eliminates 2012 Pay Raises In Cost-Cutting Move

Anyone employed in the pharmaceutical industry knows it's been a tough few years for large drug companies. With few new blockbuster drugs coming down the pipeline and patents expiring on the current crop of profitable ones, many well-known drugmakers have taken strong medicine to cut expenses, including... Read More »

Waste Not, Want Not: Bottle-Deposit Laws Create Jobs, Study Finds

Waste Not, Want Not: Bottle-Deposit Laws Create Jobs, Study Finds

Americans like to think they're doing their part to keep the environment clean when they set out plastic containers, glass jars and newspapers by the curb each week for collection. When it comes to boosting employment, however, a new study suggests that bottle-deposit programs not only result in increased... Read More »

U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.3% After Hiring Burst

U.S. Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.3% After Hiring Burst

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- In the most impressive surge for the job market since the middle of the last decade, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. Hiring accelerated across... Read More »

U.S. Labor Market Improving But Still Volatile, Reports Suggest

U.S. Labor Market Improving But Still Volatile, Reports Suggest

Data in recent months has pointed to continual improvement in the nation's battered labor market. But job cuts continue and there's still a long way to go before millions of Americans again find employment or the kind of jobs they want, two reports released Thursday show. The first of those shows that the... Read More »

Fewer U.S. Workers Seek Unemployment Aid As Job Market Improves

Fewer U.S. Workers Seek Unemployment Aid As Job Market Improves

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- The number of people seeking unemployment aid fell last week, a sign that companies are cutting fewer jobs and likely stepping up hiring. Weekly unemployment applications fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week... Read More »

How To Ask For And Give A Raise [Infographic]

How To Ask For And Give A Raise [Infographic]

In this tough economy we'd all like to earn a little more money. But given the fragile recovery and the throngs of Americans who still remain out of work, now may seem like a bad time to ask for a raise. Still, many workers are long overdue for a boost in wages. Income growth has been stagnant for much of... Read More »

U.S. Incomes Surge 0.5% In December, Though Consumer Spending Was Flat

U.S. Incomes Surge 0.5% In December, Though Consumer Spending Was Flat

By Martin Crutsinger WASHINGTON -- Americans' income rose in December by the most in nine months, a hopeful sign for the economy after a year of weak wage gains. But consumers didn't spend any more than they had in November. Instead, they ended up saving all their additional income. Economists noted that... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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... Read More »

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