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Obama Announces New Equal-Pay Rules to Address the Gender Pay Gap

January 29, 2016 For Americans who’ve ever wondered whether the person in the next cubicle doing the same job is being paid more, or those who’d like their companies to take a hard look at inequality on the payroll—there’s good news from the government. On Friday, the Obama administration announced executive action that...

Do Workers Slack Off More When the Economy's Better?

January 27, 2016 There’s something that nearly every manager worries about and no employee can honestly deny doing at least a little bit: not working at work. According to the American Time Use Survey, U.S. workers spend nearly 9 hoursat work each weekday, but even by their own admission, not all that time...

How to Get More Dads to Take Paternity Leave: Pay Them

November 27, 2015 Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, announced last week (on Facebook, of course) that he is planning to take two months of paternity leave when his daughter is born. In his post, Zuckerberg noted that studies have found better outcomes when parents take time off from work to be with...

Why Does Progress on Women's Wages Seem to Be Stalling?

November 17, 2015 For decades, women have been—slowly—catching up with men, in terms of how much they earn. But this year, that trajectory seems to have stopped or even reversed. According to an analysis of Americans’ weekly median earnings by TheWall Street Journal, men’s earnings are growing quite a bit faster than women’s...

Elite Liberal-Arts Colleges Aren't Producing the Highest-Earning Elites

November 4, 2015 Last month, President Obama unleashed a barrage of data on U.S. higher education and its outcomes in the form of the Education Department's College Scorecard. The data isn’t meant to be used as a ranking system, but something that prospective students can use to inform their college choice. But because...

Study: Stressful Jobs Make Life Shorter

October 30, 2015 There is a life-expectancy gap in America. One report, using actuarial data, found that white-collar workers live longer than blue-collar workers. Another studyconfirmed this, finding that high-income workers have longer life expectancy than low-income ones. Does the the kind of job someone has contribute to, or detract from, their longevity?...

The SEC Could Soon Be Run Mostly by Women

October 21, 2015 On Tuesday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate two new members to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. While both of them must be confirmed by the Senate before they can start serving, the nominations have been awaited ever since former commissioners Luis Aguilar and Daniel Gallagher finished their...

Why Do So Many People With the Flu Still Come Into Work?

October 21, 2015 Flu season generally starts in October and peaks in February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and somewhere between 5 and 20 percent of Americans get the flu every year, with hundreds of thousands hospitalized. During this time of year, many Americans with fevers, aches, and runny...

Is It Fairer to Remove Alma Maters From Job Applications?

October 5, 2015 Last week, I wrote about EY UK (formerly Ernst & Young) scrapping their requirement that new hires have to have college degrees and baseline grades. Now, Deloitte UK is moving to change its hiring standards as well—by hiding what institution a candidate graduated from in order to prevent bias against...

The Best Job Candidates Don't Always Have College Degrees

September 25, 2015 Last month, the U.K. office of the accounting firm Ernst & Young announced that, starting next year, it will no longer require new hires to have a college degree. Candidates for jobs at EY’s U.K. office used to have to meet the grade baseline of a B average in college,...