August 3, 2013 |
Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations. But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would create a big parking problem, among other issues. Even if consumers bought electric cars in droves tomorrow, the infrastructure to keep them rolling would look much different. Charging starts at home, with a charging station that can cost drivers $500 to $2,000.
July 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, a victory for gay rights activists just two weeks after the Supreme Court handed down rulings expanding protections for married same-sex couples. Three Republicans - Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois - voted for the bill, which passed on a 15-7 vote. The Republican support gave the perennial bill called the Employer Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, some hope of passage in the Senate, though its prospects in the House were less certain.
July 5, 2013 |
Corporate America is on a veteran hiring binge. With the war in Afghanistan winding down, thousands of veterans are returning home to an economy that is improving but by no means robust. That's creating a unique challenge for those coming back from years in the service and trying to readjust to civilian life. So far, many are finding jobs thanks to a climate that is - at least for now - vocally in support of giving veterans a helping hand. The Obama administration, which launched a nationwide campaign called Joining Forces in 2011 to connect veterans to jobs, has made it a mission to nudge companies to hire former military personnel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 |
Although taxpayers have shelled out tens of millions of dollars in recent years to disgruntled officers who sued over harassment and other workplace problems, Los Angeles Police Department officials have failed to take even basic steps to reduce the number of the costly lawsuits, an audit released Friday found. In a stinging 10-page report, the L.A. Police Commission's inspector general concluded that the LAPD routinely destroys case files, keeps inaccurate and incomplete information on lawsuits and has no system in place to identify recurring issues that lead to problems between officers.
June 25, 2013 |
Would the empowered Peggy Olson of 1968 be a victim of discrimination in 2013? On Sunday's season finale of AMC's “Mad Men,” viewers watched Don Draper's protege work through a holiday weekend while her colleagues with children attended to their families. But we didn't feel bad for the single, childless career woman, nor did she feel bad for herself. There she was working in Don's office, breaking gender stereotypes and enjoying her ever-growing power . But times have changed.
May 1, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Brenda Juarez has been in this country so long that she doesn't remember what Mexican state she was born in. She hopes she and her mother will be allowed to stay. The two women joined about 300 people at Arizona's state Capitol and thousands across the country at May Day rallies Wednesday, with comprehensive immigration reform the closest to reality it has been in years. A bipartisan proposal by a group of eight U.S. senators includes a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the 11 million people who are in the country illegally, as well as a guest-worker program for future migrants.
April 8, 2013 |
The workplace is changing as many companies, looking to increase productivity, ask employees for more while giving them less, according to a Los Angeles Times series. That's difficult for individuals at work - but it might also have a profound impact on the economy in the long-term. If workers feel that they have little job security and could be replaced at any time, they're unlikely to spend a lot of money on the big ticket items that fuel consumer spending and, thus, the GDP. With professional development opportunities disappearing, promotions are harder to come by, restricting access to the middle class.
April 8, 2013
Employers are frequently using monitoring software to make their employees more productive at work, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, part of a series about the "Tougher Workplace. " Although the Constitution speaks of a "reasonable" expectation of privacy, this is largely not applicable at private employers. Courts are still sifting through the changes that technology has caused in the workplace and figuring out what employers can and can't do. The exchange below aims to help clarify some issues.
April 8, 2013 |
In a drive to cut costs and improve efficiency, companies are employing an ever-increasing array of tracking and monitoring technology to see what their employees are doing at all times, according to a story in Monday's Los Angeles Times. For companies, it makes sense: In a globalized world, anyone who doesn't cut costs could soon be out of business. But the monitoring is changing the relationship between employers and employees, further upsetting the balance of power in the workplace.
April 7, 2013 |
Things are getting tougher for many people at work, as companies seeking to improve efficiency push employees to work harder, according to a story in today's Los Angeles Times . But this trend doesn't just play out in the workplace. It also makes a profound difference in how people behave at home and in their communities. As jobs become more demanding and unstable, the amount of time Americans can devote to their friends, families and communities takes a hit too, experts say. “The ability of people to spend time at voluntary organizations, churches, youth groups - their social capital - goes down.