Neff Conner

Are Shorter Work Days Better For Your Health & Productivity?

There are 120 hours in a 5-day workweek, and for most working Americans at least a third of that time is spent earning a living. Sure, you’ve got 16-ish hours away from the job each day, but is that enough time to enjoy all your personal, family, community, and social commitments without becoming a harried, frazzled unproductive mess? An ongoing study out of Sweden seems to indicate that a shorter work day may actually result in more productivity.
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Chris Goldberg

4 Things We Learned About Working In A Poultry Plant

For years, reports have surface related to the mistreatment of chickens — and other animals — that are destined for our dinner tables. What we hear about less frequently are the working conditions for those employed by the nation’s biggest poultry producers. [More]

Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Will Receive Up To $100M In Settlement

Uber Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Will Receive Up To $100M In Settlement

For the better part of three years, Uber drivers have sparred with the ride-sharing company over the status of their employment: are they independent contractor or actual employees? Today, Uber has agreed to settle two lawsuits over the issue, paying up to $100 million to the drivers who will remain independent contractors.  [More]

Paul Schweizerhof

FedEx Employee Falls Asleep Loading Plane In Tennessee, Ends Up In Texas

Falling asleep on the job is a big no-no. It can end with a reprimand — or worse, a firing — but for one FedEx employee, an on-the-job catnap earned him a flight to Texas. [More]

(Mr. T in DC)

Lawsuit: Target Failed To Pay New York Warehouse Workers Overtime

A group of Target warehouse employees in New York filed a class-action seeking lawsuit against the retailer, accusing the company of misclassifying workers with low-level management responsibilities so they wouldn’t receive overtime pay.  [More]

(Michelle Reitman)

Costco Raising Entry-Level Employee Minimum Wage For The First Time In Nearly A Decade

In a bid to attract more quality workers, Costco says it will raise the minimum wage for entry-level workers for the first time in nine years.  [More]

(Nicholas Eckhart)

There Are Suddenly A Lot Of Closed Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s & HomeTown Buffet Restaurants

Sometimes you just don’t know what you want for dinner. For that reason, we have buffets. But there will be a fewer options for some diners, as Ovation Brands, the operator of restaurants like Hometown Buffet, Ryan’s, Fire Mountain, and Old Country Buffet, announced the closure of 74 underperforming locations.  [More]

TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

TSA Stepping Up Random Security Screenings For Airport Workers

There’s a good chance you’ve been waiting (patiently) in the airport security line, preparing to take off your shoes, your belt, remove your laptop, and place everything on the belt, only to see an airport employee breezily walk through the side gate with a quick flick of their badge. That scenario will likely be less and less frequent around the country as the Transportation Security Administration plans to increase random checks of airport and airline employees.  [More]

VW Offers Amnesty To Whistleblower Employees, But Only For A Few Weeks

VW Offers Amnesty To Whistleblower Employees, But Only For A Few Weeks

A week after an internal investigation – aided by company engineers – uncovered carbon emissions issues with 800,000 Volkswagen vehicles, the carmaker says it will keep the door open for employees to share any cheating within the organization – as long as they do it by the end of the month.  [More]

Whole Foods Cutting 1,500 Jobs In Order To Offer Customers Lower Prices

Whole Foods Cutting 1,500 Jobs In Order To Offer Customers Lower Prices

Your next shopping trip to Whole Foods may come with a bit less interaction with employees, as the health food chain said Monday that it would be eliminating approximately 1,500 jobs in order to offer lower prices for its goods.  [More]

Former Uber Driver In California Granted Unemployment Payments

Former Uber Driver In California Granted Unemployment Payments

While a decision by the California Employment Development Department only affects one employee and their claim for unemployment benefits, it’s yet another official declaration from a government agency that the people who drive for Uber have an employer-employee relationship with the company, which in theory should entitle them to benefits that employees receive: reimbursement of vehicle costs, having the employer’s portion of their income taxes paid, and receiving unemployment benefits when their employment with the company ends involuntarily, if appropriate. [More]

Surveillance video shows a man posing as a Walmart employee stealing four large Samsung TVs.

Man Masquerading As Walmart Employee Walks Out The Door With Four Big Screen TVs

Walmart already has a long list of workers vying for the title of “worst employee,” but it’s a thief posing as an employee at the big box store that might take the cake: walking in the door, grabbing four big screen TVs and simply walking back out the way he came.
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yooperann

American Airlines CEO Denies Claims Of Industry Collusion

While the Department of Justice investigates the possibility that airlines colluded to keep ticket prices high, the top executive at American Airlines is trying to assure his employees that the company did nothing wrong. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Victoria’s Secret Plans To End On-Call Scheduling

Employees at Victoria’s Secret will no longer have to call in to find out if they’ll be hawking lotions, perfumes, bras, underwear and other products on any given day, as the company plans to end its use of on-call scheduling. [More]

Håkan Dahlström

IKEA Raising Minimum Wage Again, This Time To $11.87/Hour

Almost exactly a year after IKEA announced it would raise the hourly starting wage for employees from $9.17 to $10.76, the furniture retailer says it will give workers another 10% pay boost. [More]

Patrick

Instacart Gives Shoppers Employee Status, Says It’s To Improve Customer Experience

App-based, on-demand services make it easy to order a variety of products and services, and many of the workers who bring you those services are full- or part-time contractors. Some companies, like on-demand ride providers Uber and Lyft, are actively fighting in court to not be forced to give their workers “employee” status. Another company, shopping service Instacart, is proactively making their grocery pickers in some states employees. [More]

Patrick

Walmart’s Key To Happy Employees: Relaxing The Dress Code, Making Sure Stores Aren’t Freezing

In an effort to show employees – and the rest of the world – that it cares, Walmart says it plans to address worker concerns by relaxing its dress code and making stores warmer. [More]

Walmart Raising Hourly Wages For 100,000 Specialty Department Employees

Walmart Raising Hourly Wages For 100,000 Specialty Department Employees

Four months after Walmart began raising wages for around 40% of its workers, the nation’s largest retailer is announcing another round of pay increases affecting around 100,000 additional employees. [More]