Tuesday August 4, 2015
weather79° Partly sunnyHigh: 78° | Low: 60°Ten Day Forecast
All Sections
Tuesday August 4, 2015

Contributors: Business - On the Job

  • photo
    Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 11:30 am

    “Volunteer” Or Go To Solitary Confinement?

    By Guest Blogger Andy Schmidt. Andy Schmidt is a workers’ rights attorney in Portland. He can be reached at andy@maineworkerjustice.com. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement puts people in “detention centers” based on alleged immigration violations. A Federal judge in Colorado recently ruled in favor of my detainee clients in a case that highlights how these individuals may be exploited by the for-profit companies that run some of these centers. I […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday Jul 09, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    New Overtime Rules: Work Less, Earn More

    A “notice of proposed rule-making” by the Department of Labor typically isn’t the kind of thing that gets people excited. (I hope I haven’t already lost you at “notice of proposed rulemaking” – trust me, this gets more interesting). This week, the Department of Labor proposed new rules that millions of workers should know about – and be cheering about. As one former White House economist wrote, “I can’t think […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday Jul 02, 2015 | 4:40 pm

    Award of unemployment benefits to FairPoint strikers just result

    Should employees who go out on strike against their employer receive unemployment benefits? Wouldn’t an award of unemployment benefits prolong labor disputes and unfairly tip the scales of justice in favor of employees over employers? These questions—and more—were raised by claims filed by strikers who participated in the 18-week strike last fall and winter against FairPoint, Maine’s largest provider of landline telephone and internet service. On June 5, a Hearing […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday Jun 25, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    “Workcationland”?

    First, there was the vacation. Then, with the great recession came lots of talk of the “staycation.” Take the kids to that local museum you’re always vowing to go to, set up the beach chairs and tent in the backyard, or dive into a binge session of Netflix. Not quite the same as an old-fashioned family “vacation,” but way better than nothing (and way less expensive). But now, there’s a […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Changes to Abercrombie’s “Look”

    Justice Scalia has not always been the most stalwart supporter of workers’ civil rights in his years on the Supreme Court. But on June 1 he delivered a nearly unanimous (8-1) opinion ruling in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a position at Abercrombie because her head scarf did not comply with the retailer’s “Look Policy.” (Just in case you’re not familiar with the store, it’s the […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday Jun 04, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    You can be what you are: Caitlyn Jenner

    Is anyone talking about anything other than the Caitlyn Jenner cover of Vanity Fair? For months it had been rumored that Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner and arguably the greatest athlete of the modern era , was going to come out as a woman. Transgender people, while increasingly in the public eye, are still unfamiliar to many of us. Perhaps because of Bruce Jenner’s status as a […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Friday May 29, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    Will robots take YOUR job?

    For decades, there have been stories – both real and imagined – about human workers being replaced by machines. You only have to Google “humans replaced by robots” to see scores of headlines about what will happen when robots take our jobs. Articles report that “Robots are replacing us faster than we expected,” predict that “Robots will take over 30% of our jobs by 2025,” and suggest that “When robots […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Friday May 22, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    The thrill is gone; did Deflategate taint Pats Super Bowl victory?

    For the last week, we’ve been inundated with coverage about Deflategate and the NFL’s decision to suspend golden boy quarterback Tom Brady for four games, fine the Patriots $1 million, and take away two top draft picks. In case you somehow missed it (and if you did, you must be still stuck in a snowbank left over from last winter), last week the NFL announced the results of an investigation […]

    Continue Reading

  • photo
    Thursday May 14, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    What do we want? Mail! When do we want it? NOW!

    My 3-year-old daughter, an old soul, has taken to letter writing in her toddler block-print. She has spent many an evening catching up on her correspondence with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Santa. She likes the act of writing itself, likes placing the stamp just so and applying the return address label. And most importantly, she is in awe of the magic of placing a sealed envelope in our mailbox […]

    Continue Reading


Recent Articles in Business