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January 31, 2014 |
State regulators cited a Bay Area-based adult film company over workplace safety violations, assessing fines of more than $78,000. Cal-OSHA opened an investigation into San Francisco-based Kink Studios, which runs a network of sites, in August, in response to a complaint filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation . The foundation's complaint related to a July 31 shoot involving actress Cameron Bay, who tested positive for HIV shortly thereafter,...
January 16, 2014 |
Kate Fodor's clever if uneven comedy “Rx,” in its West Coast premiere at the Lost Studio under the direction of John Pleshette, has a great premise. The Schmidt pharmaceutical company is conducting clinical trials for a new drug, code named SP-925, which specifically targets workplace depression -- “a startling drop in norepinephrine levels during the working day,” as neurology team leader Allison Hardy (the wonderful, terrifyingly peppy Kirsten Kollender) explains at a shareholders meeting.
December 10, 2013 |
One California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in January that will protect unpaid interns from sexual harassment and other discrimination at work. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said the legislation will give these interns, most often young people, much needed legal safeguards on the job. "The recession has forced young people to rely on these unpaid positions to build resumes and contacts in an incredibly competitive job market," Skinner said in a statement. "Employers owe them a safe and fair workplace.
December 10, 2013 |
Young women seem tantalizingly close to achieving gender equality in the workplace, at least when it comes to wages, a new report from the Pew Research Center suggests. But it remains to be seen whether motherhood will slow their strides, as it did for women before them. As of last year, female workers ages 25 to 34 were making 93% of what men of the same ages earned - much closer to wage equality than earlier generations, Pew found. Between 1980 and 2012, the gap has gradually narrowed for American workers, as wages rose for women and dropped for young men. Just 15% of young women said they had suffered discrimination because of their gender at work.
November 28, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Big issues in the workplace - wages, overtime, time off, working conditions - are also major topics in the state Legislature. And this year, lawmakers delivered some tangible changes that will be felt in the pocketbook. At the top of the list, of course, is an increase in the minimum wage that swept through Democrat-dominated Sacramento, despite opposition from powerful business interests. But workers didn't get all of their agenda passed into law. "We were able to improve upon existing protections as well as support workers in a number of new ways, including increasing the minimum wage," said Steve Smith, a spokesman for the California Labor Federation.
November 21, 2013 |
Although 'stache-acceptance in the American workplace is high, the incidence of lip spinach gets pencil thin as you climb the corporate ladder. Those are among the key takeaways of the American Mustache Institute's recently completed Wahl-sponsored Workplace Mustache Study. Of the 1,109 people who completed the institute's online opinion survey, 91.7% of respondents agreed with the statement: "I believe mustaches are appropriate for the workplace. " In addition, 75.27% think their workplace "benefits from the contributions of Mustached Americans"; 68.05% think "Mustached Americans are strong managers and business leaders"; and 81.75% of respondents picked "works hard" as a workplace behavior they associate with "people of Mustached American descent.
November 21, 2013 |
Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate approved legislation, 64-32, that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA for short, was first introduced in 1994 and has been brought up time and time again in Congress but went nowhere. The legislation is now before the U.S. House of Representatives, but it faces tough odds there. House Speaker John Boehner has said there is "no basis or need" for the legislation and it's unclear whether the Republican leader will let the bill come up for a vote.
November 11, 2013 |
The country's newest generation of veterans - the 2 million Americans who served honorably in Iraq and Afghanistan - is eager for meaningful civilian work. But misconceptions about veterans often prevent them from getting a fair shake to put their skills to work, achieve their potential and contribute fully to the nation's economy. On this Veterans Day, we ask all Americans to make sure veterans get the consideration they deserve. According to September Bureau of Labor data analyzed by Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, post-9/11 veterans ages 20 to 24 are 81% more likely to be unemployed than their non-veteran peers, and those ages 25 to 29 are 71% more likely to be out of a job. This situation is especially frustrating because veterans make great employees.
November 8, 2013 |
Vineyard Vines has jumped onto the mustachioed bandwagon in a big way for Movember, announcing Friday that it will donate 100% of proceeds from sales of its two mustache-print neckties this month to the charity that combats prostate and testicular cancer. The 100% silk, made-in-America neckties come in either a red or blue with light blue all-over print handlebar mustaches. The $75 neckties are currently available online at www.vineyardvines.com . In an awesome showing of workplace support, the proceeds from sales of the ties over the course of November are going to the Movember Foundation by way of donations to Vineyard Vine's team of 'stache-growing employees.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The gay rights movement won at least a preliminary victory Monday as the Senate voted to advance a measure that would ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The 61-30 procedural vote does not necessarily predict the final outcome, expected later this week. But statements of support from Republicans ensured that the bill known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act could attract the necessary 60 votes to overcome any additional procedural hurdles.