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Misery May Love Company, but Your Company Should Not Love Misery

Valerie Alexander | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

All it takes is a little thought, effort and commitment, and any workplace can reduce costs, increase productivity and maximize profits by making happiness a priority

Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

One of the most pervasive and damaging trends we are seeing in the workplace is the deliberate misclassification of workers by employers looking to cut costs. Two judgments announced this week in Utah and Arizona demonstrate our commitment to cracking down on this practice, whereby companies claim that their workers are not employees but independent contractors.

One Of America's Oldest Safety Nets Is Being Demolished

ProPublica | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business

ENNIS WHEDBEE’S CREW WAS RUSHING to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in ...

Who is an Employee, Joint Employee, or Independent Contractor?

Brad Reid | Posted 10.31.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

Labor Day encourages a review of the legal status of labor. Worker status is important because numerous statutes such as minimum wage and overtime requirements apply to employees but not to independent contractors.

This Labor Day Let's Rethink the Texas Miracle

Cristina Tzintzún | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Cristina Tzintzún

We are facing a crisis. Deregulation has created a system in which workers are treated as disposable tools, easily replaced when they break. While the numbers may show job creation, the reality on the ground tells a story of individuals in dire situations.

Workplace Domestic Violence Legal Standards Continue to Develop

Brad Reid | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

A restraining order has been a traditional legal tool in domestic violence situations. However, the restraining order alone (printed on paper) will not physically protect an individual from a determined assailant.

Litigation Settlements Must Consider Taxation

Brad Reid | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

We constantly see media reports of a lottery winner's estimated net amount after taxes. This is a reminder that every financial event has tax implications. The Internal Revenue Code broadly defines taxable gross income as income coming from any source.

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

Dave Jamieson

Worse Than Walmart?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

Dawn Hughey had worked at Dollar General for just four months when she was named manager of a store in the Detroit suburbs in 2009. Having recently mo...

Emran Hossain

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Still Waiting For Compensation

HuffingtonPost.com | Emran Hossain | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- After the Rana Plaza factory collapse killed 1,132 garment workers and injured more than 2,500 in April, the Bangladeshi government and ...

What One Washington Could Learn From the Other About Reducing Health Care Spending

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Health policy experts have long contended that one of the key reasons the Medicare program will eventually run out of money is because of the outsized influence lobbyists for health special interests have in Washington.

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

Fed-Funded Program Preps New Orleans Workers For Streetcar Expansion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 6, 2013 edition.) This spring, thirteen Crescent City residents completed a year of ...

Guess Who's Protesting State Workers' Comp Limits?

AP | LAURA OLSON | Posted 04.16.2013 | San Francisco

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized a bill in the sta...

Case Made Against Kansas Workers Compensation Reform

Colin Curtis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon,...

REPORT: Pro Athletes Cash In On Worker's Comp Law

AP | Posted 04.25.2013 | Sports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's workers' compensation system has awarded millions of dollars in benefits for job-related injuries to thousands of p...

Court: No Workers' Comp For Cops Who Kill Suspects

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 09.10.2012 | Business

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina law officers who experience mental trauma after killing someone in the line of duty aren't entitled to workers'...

Woman Hurt During Sex Wins Workers' Comp Suit

Newser | Posted 04.20.2012 | Weird News

An Australian judge has ruled that a woman who got injured during sex is entitled to workers' comp. It seems she was out of town on business and br...

North Carolina To Employers: Pay For Worker Injuries Or Go To Jail

Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Several business owners in one state will have to cough up some cash for injured employees. Well, that or they can go to jail. One North Carolina ...

Alice Hines

Forever Unpaid: Forever 21 Hit With Class Action Lawsuit By Employees

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

Forever 21 is being sued yet again. But this time, it's not other fashion brands claiming copyright infringement -- it's the company's own workers, wh...

John Celock

Governor's Husband Given Permission For Legal Work

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

Oklahoma ethics officials have granted permission for the husband of Gov. Mary Fallin (R) to do business with two parts of state government. Falli...

Dave Jamieson

Senators Set To Slash Benefits For Disabled Civil Servants

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking to cut benefits for federal workers disabled on the job, a budget-trimming move that critics warn ...

Indiana Postal Worker Admits To Sex Toy Shop Fraud

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

An Indiana postal worker faces up to five years in prison for fraud after claiming she had no income while secretly managing an online sex toy shop ca...

A Wisconsin Centennial Worth Celebrating

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since the news yesterday was a bit depressing for progressives, I thought it was time to mark an important upcoming centennial: on the first of September in 1911, the first constitutional workers' compensation law took full effect in Wisconsin.

State's Insurer Cuts And Runs

AP | STEVEN K. PAULSON | Posted 11.08.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A Colorado-chartered workers' compensation insurer will no longer administer the claims of state employees following disagreements with...