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How to Mock Your Boss On Facebook Without Getting Fired

January 28, 2013 The right of workers to get together and moan about their bosses has been enshrined in U.S. law ever since 1935, when President Roosevelt signed the landmark National Labor Relations Act. The heart of the statute, known as Section 7, guarantees employees the right to organize, collectively bargain, and "engage...

The head of Goldman Sachs wants to raise your retirement age

November 21, 2012 Lloyd Blankfein, the 57-year-old CEO of Goldman Sachs, who was paid more than $16 million dollars last year, appeared on CBS last night to talk about the Fiscal Cliff and lay some truth on the American people: You all need to work longer. You can look at history of these...

Why don’t more women get promoted?

November 19, 2012 This past week, Goldman Sachs announced its latest round of annual promotions, and in doing so, it offered all of us a reminder that Wall Street is still more or less an adult chapter of the He-Man Women Hater's Club. Just 14 percent of the bank's new partners, and 23...

Get used to bigger government, former Treasury secretary says

November 14, 2012 Americans may need to get used to the idea that government will make up a bigger part of our economy in the future, former treasury secretary and Obama economic advisor Larry Summers said today at the Washington Ideas Forum. At least, they do if they want to keep living in...

How a former Bush administration official would reform FEMA

November 1, 2012 Hurricane Sandy has focused attention on Mitt Romney's comment that we should shrink the Federal Emergency Management Agency and give states more responsibility for dealing with natural disasters. Is he right? Could conservative reforms actually save FEMA -- and save lives? To get a sense of what a thoughtful Republican...

We now have our smallest government in 45 years

August 3, 2012 Since the official end of the Great Recession, America's public sector has shrunk. And shrunk. And shrunk some more. We've said goodbye to about 600,000 government jobs, handing the economy a nasty self-inflicted wound in the process. But how small has our public sector really become? Here's one way to...

Workers spend 650 hours a year on email

July 30, 2012 Unless you happen to get some sort of obsessive compulsive satisfaction from keeping your inbox in shipshape -- and hey, if you do, more power to ya -- dealing with email has got to be one of the most deadening aspects of any office job. And if the tedium of...

The incredible shrinking American government

July 6, 2012 Another jobs report has come and gone, and yet again, we're left to wonder whether the economy might not be a tad healthier if we weren't firing government workers left and right. Over the past year, the United States has shed 169,000 public sector workers. That's more jobs than we've...

iLawyer: What happens when computers replace attorneys?

June 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the end, after you've stripped away their six-figure degrees, their state bar memberships, and their proclivity for capitalizing Odd Words, lawyers are just another breed of knowledge worker. They're paid to research, analyze, write, and argue -- not unlike an academic, a journalist, or an accountant. So when software...

Justice lawsuit could allow Amazon to dictate e-book prices industrywide

April 13, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mark Lennihan/AP For the next two years, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will be free to dictate the price of eBooks across much of the publishing industry. That, more or less, is what we can take away from the antitrust suit the Department of Justice filed yesterday against Apple and five...

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