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February 21, 2018

Earlier, we blogged about James Damore, an engineer at Google who was terminated for his memo, which openly expressed his belief that women were not “biologically suited” for certain types of positions and criticism of the company’s efforts to diversify its work force. The engineer challenged his termination by filing a charge with the...

February 20, 2018

“What is Bitcoin? I don’t understand how fake money works.”These were the words of my 9-year-old last week.Let me try to help him, and you, out.Bitcoin is not fake money. It’s digital, or virtual, currency, created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It’s used for online transactions—some legitimate (Microsoft,...

February 19, 2018

Killin' time with Snapchat and Candy Crush during working hours.   Ed Zwim of the New York Post reports on a study showing that employees who don't have enough work to do is becoming a big problem: Idle time in fact occurs frequently across all occupational categories in the US, and is costing employers roughly $100 billion each...

February 16, 2018

Raef Lawson worked as a restaurant delivery driver for Grubhub for four months in late 2015 and early 2016. He claimed that the company misclassified him as an independent contractor, and owed him overtime for hours he worked over 40 in any workweek. Last week, in Lawson v. Grubhub [pdf], a California federal judge granted the gig-...

February 15, 2018

Amazon recently made a voluntary decision to ban the use of salary history questions during the employment application process. Why? The idea is that banning questions about salary history aims to close the gender pay gap. According to the Census Bureau, women make 80% of every dollar a man makes. Many argue that the gender pay gap...

February 14, 2018

I listened with great interest to the latest episode of the Hostile Work Environment podcast, which featured as its guest my good friend, Dan Schwartz, talking about the pitfalls of Valentine’s Day at work.Dan cited CareerBuilder’s annual V-Day survey, which offers some interesting stats about the current state of office...