Slightly Fewer Employers Checking Job Applicants’ Credit Reports

Slightly Fewer Employers Checking Job Applicants’ Credit Reports

Despite proof that a person’s credit history isn’t an accurate predictor of their job performance, companies still do it. This is unfortunate for candidates whose recent payment history isn’t so great because they–I don’t know–need a better job, or don’t have one to begin with. The good news for job hunters is that the number of employers performing these checks is falling. [More]

There Are More Job Openings Now Than There Have Been For 4 Years

There Are More Job Openings Now Than There Have Been For 4 Years

Get your resume spiffed up and your best interview outfit ironed — there are more job openings in the U.S. than there have been in almost four years. In March, employers were looking for people to fill positions at a rate that hasn’t been seen since July 2008. [More]

Folks Are Feeling Confident; Resignations Topped Layoffs In February

Folks Are Feeling Confident; Resignations Topped Layoffs In February

In a truly awful job market, employees will put up with all manner of indignities managers subject them to. When things are OK, people start to stand up for themselves and walk away, confident in their prospects. That’s why it may be good news for the economy that the number of people who quit their jobs surpassed the amount of layoffs in February. [More]

Labor Department Reports 200,000 New Jobs Were Added Last Month

Labor Department Reports 200,000 New Jobs Were Added Last Month

In a sign that perhaps the U.S. economy is finally chugging forward like the little engine that could, the Labor Department announced today that 200,000 new jobs were added last month. [More]

White House: Unemployment Insurance Must Be Extended To Help Spur Job Creation

White House: Unemployment Insurance Must Be Extended To Help Spur Job Creation

As the deadline to approve the payroll tax cut extension looms 10 days away, White House officials are speaking out to urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to approve the measure that only days ago was hailed as a bipartisan compromise when it passed in the Senate. However, the White House says Republicans have now changed their tune. [More]

Government Reports 120,000 New Jobs As Unemployment Rate Slips

Government Reports 120,000 New Jobs As Unemployment Rate Slips

Today the government reported 120,000 new jobs for November, which might sound awesome but is actually considered weak, even as unemployment rates dipped from 9% to 8.6%. Better than blatantly bad news, right? [More]

Can My Job Only Pay Me For 8 Hours Instead Of 9 Because Of Daylight Saving Time?

Can My Job Only Pay Me For 8 Hours Instead Of 9 Because Of Daylight Saving Time?

A man says that he worked on Sunday, and, because of daylight saving time, his boss only wants to pay him for 8 hours instead of the 9 he worked. Is this legal? [More]

Video: Occupy Portlanders Open Credit Union Accounts On Bank Transfer Day

Video: Occupy Portlanders Open Credit Union Accounts On Bank Transfer Day

Saturday was the fifth of November, and many remembered to take a stand and shut down their big retail bank accounts, transferring their cash to a new credit union account. Here’s a video out of Occupy Portland covering what happened on Bank Transfer Day. Interviewees talk about why they’re switching to a credit union, and how this is just the beginning. [More]

Video Of People Closing Down Their Accounts At Big Banks

Video Of People Closing Down Their Accounts At Big Banks

Tomorrow is Bank Transfer Day. By this date, people all across America are shutting down their accounts at large, costly, name-brand banks and transferring their funds to new bank accounts at their local credit union or community bank. Here is an excellent video made in Portland that follows along with several different people as they close their bank accounts and give their reasons for doing so. One person wants to save money, another disagrees with the bank’s foreclosure practices, a third is mad about the bailouts, and the last is a union withdrawing its funds to show solidarity with holding Wall Street accountable. [More]

1 In 15 Americans Classify As Poorest Poor

1 In 15 Americans Classify As Poorest Poor

A record number of Americans classify as the poorest poor, according to a new report. Right now, 1 in 15 Americans live at least 50% below the official poverty level of $22,314 per annum for a family of four. That’s making do with about $11,000 a year split between four people. [More]

US Economy Grew 2.5% In Third Quarter, Department of Commerce Report Says

US Economy Grew 2.5% In Third Quarter, Department of Commerce Report Says

Buoyed by brisker consumer and business spending, The American economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.5% in the third quarter, according to a report released this morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce, [More]

Groups Call On TransUnion To Stop Selling Employee Credit Reports To Employers

Groups Call On TransUnion To Stop Selling Employee Credit Reports To Employers

Employers pull the credit reports of prospective employees as a way to determine whether they’re trustworthy and good at managing money. But now more than 25 civil rights groups, labor unions and consumer groups have banned together to demand that TransUnion stop selling credit reports to employers. They say the practice is invasive, discriminatory, and worst of all, doesn’t even work. [More]

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

Stay Relevant In A Changing Job Market

The longer you work the same job, the more likely it is that you’ll lack the skills to do anything else when you’re unexpectedly kicked to the curb. Everyone is a tap on the shoulder away from unemployment, so do your best to make sure you’ve got the tools it will take to claw your way back into another role. [More]

3 Tips For Fighting Bullies

3 Tips For Fighting Bullies

People are talking more about bullying these days. It can happen at school, in the workplace, or online. How do you combat it? Educator and author Natasha Deen offers these three tips. [More]

Photographer Looking For People To Do Their Jobs For Free

Photographer Looking For People To Do Their Jobs For Free

Deciding to turn the tables, one Atlanta photographer has posted an ad to the talent gigs section of Craigslist looking for people to do their jobs for him for free. “I am a photographer and since people are always looking for free shoots I assume that they must also do their job, or provide their services, for free,” the post reads. “Just think, you will gain more experience, and I will put the word out for you and let everyone know what wonderful work you do.” Here’s the full ad. [More]

8 States Hike Minimum Wages

8 States Hike Minimum Wages

Eight state governments are forcing bosses to give low-rung workers pay raises, thanks to automatic annual raises in minimum wages. Washington state leads the way, scheduled to up its minimum wage 37 cents an hour to $9.04 next year. Burger flipping in Colorado will still only pay $7.64 in 2012, but at least that’s better than the $7.36 it pays now. [More]

"Guess The Next Cashier To Be Fired!" Contest Not Good Morale Booster For Cashiers

"Guess The Next Cashier To Be Fired!" Contest Not Good Morale Booster For Cashiers

A judge has ruled that the “guess the next cashier who will be fired” “contest” concocted by a convenience store manager created a hostile work environment. Several of the employees left after it and the judge ruled that their unemployment claims could not be dismissed on the basis of the workers leaving voluntarily. Here is the text of the kooky contest memo: [More]

680 lb Man Fired For Being Obese

680 lb Man Fired For Being Obese

Ronald at one point weighed 680 lbs, a fact that never interfered with his ability to do his job. He received high marks in his performance reviews. Despite this, he was fired for his weight. [More]