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Monday July 28, 2014

Contributors: Business - On the Job

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    Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Ban the Box: Opening Up Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

    In Washington DC, where an estimated one in every 10 residents has a criminal record, the chances of getting a job after serving time are about to get a lot better.  Thousands of ex-offenders find that even after they’ve paid their debt to society, they keep getting penalized, because employers routinely screen out applicants who have a criminal history.  But the DC City Council just passed a law that would […]

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    Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    LeBron James is Underpaid!

    This past weekend my best friend Matt and I attended the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland. We heard some great music, talked about family and friends, and stalked the best fried clams we could find (though we both also would highly recommend the Pho Sizzle food truck). Both of us were in a particularly celebratory mood, since on Friday, while Matt was on his way up from Albany, I […]

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    Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 9:13 am

    More Women Are Staying Home With The Kids: But Is It A Choice?

    More mothers are staying home with their children. According to a recent Pew study, the percentage of moms who don’t work outside the home has risen dramatically in the past decade, from 23% in 1999 to 29% in 2012.  This is a major reversal from past decades, when the proportion of stay-at-home moms was steadily decreasing. Much of the news coverage of this trend has focused on the so-called “opt […]

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    Thursday Jul 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Show Me the Money: Are You Being Paid Everything You Are Entitled To?

    As a boy growing up in Cleveland in the 60’s and 70’s, I followed all the teams. The Indians were wretched. The Cavaliers were an awful expansion team. The only team with half a chance were the Browns. I like to tell people how I was at the first Monday night football game. Browns versus Jets, the year after the Jets and Joe Namath won the Super Bowl. Billy Andrews […]

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    Tuesday Jul 08, 2014 | 9:00 am

    The War on Women: The Supreme Court Edition

    You’ve no doubt heard the news by now – last week, on the last day of its term, the Supreme Court issued two major decisions limiting the rights of employees. Both cases were decided by slim 5-4 majorities, with the Justices falling on typical ideological lines. What’s striking to me is how these decisions show a profound lack of understanding and empathy not only for workers in general, but for […]

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    Thursday Jul 03, 2014 | 9:00 am

    America Turns 238: Three Reasons to Celebrate!

    “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Virtually every American knows these opening words to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address memorializing those who died in the Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3, 1861, some 151 years ago today. We learned–or memorized–them in high school, in college, from our parents, teachers, […]

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    Tuesday Jul 01, 2014 | 9:11 am

    Not So First Class? Airport Workers Fight For A Living Wage

    July 4th, one of the biggest travel days of the year, is Friday, only three days from now. And for many of us that means one thing: summer travel. My two-year-old has been asking for days (sometimes multiple times per day), “Today do we get on the airplane?” We’re headed down to the Jetport later this week to fly to Philadelphia for a long-awaited family reunion. But while millions of […]

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    Thursday Jun 26, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Isn’t This Rich?: Walmart CEO Says He’s Just Another Associate

    Walmart employs over 2 million associates (!!!) making it the world’s largest private employer. That’s as large as the population of the world’s 50 smallest countries—combined! Two weekends ago when I was driving back to Maine from a zydeco festival in New Jersey (I’m a huge New Orleans music aficionado), I passed a number of Walmart trucks on the highway. They all were painted with the company’s succinct logo: “Save […]

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    Tuesday Jun 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Falling Off the “Glass Cliff”: Are Female and Minority CEOs Being Set Up to Fail?

    We’ve all heard of the “glass ceiling,” the invisible (but very real) barrier that working women and minorities bump up against as they ascend the corporate ladder. Today just 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and only 3% percent are black or Latino. But until recently, I had never heard of the “glass cliff.” Now, I don’t know why I hadn’t heard it before. It finally gives a name […]

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