All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Employees’

Microsoft Laid Off Another 1,000 Employees

Microsoft Laid Off Another 1,000 Employees

The cost cutting at Microsoft continued this week, as the company laid off some more of its workforce. The company quietly laid off around 1,000 employees on Wednesday, ahead of its FY16 Q1 earnings report. From the New York Times: Microsoft also continues to cut costs. On Wednesday, the company quietly laid off around about 1,000 employees, which amounts to …

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Uber Isn’t the Only One Getting Sued over the ‘Employee or Contractor’ Issue

Uber Isn’t the Only One Getting Sued over the ‘Employee or Contractor’ Issue

With the rapid growth of the so-called ‘sharing economy’, one of the biggest issues has been whether or not workers for services like Uber and Lyft are employees of contractors. Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a ride to those offering a ride. It’s a logistics company. Uber simply connects third-party contractors …

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Borgata Babes Can Be Fired for Gaining Weight, Court Rules

In 2005, Atlantic City hotel and casino Borgata issued a controversial policy involving its servers, known as the Borgata Babes. If your appearance changes too much, you’re fired. Borgata’s policy specifically bars any cocktail server from gaining or losing 7% of their body weight – and not losing/regaining it within a few month period. Violation of this rule can result …

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Uber Driver Ruled an Employee in Yet Another Case

Uber Driver Ruled an Employee in Yet Another Case

Uber has lost another cases over the categorization of its fleet of drivers – whether they are employees or contractors. Reuters reports that the California Employment Development Department (EDD) has ruled that a former Uber driver was in fact an employee, not a contractor. Uber’s general stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a …

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Uber Drivers Granted Class Action in ‘Employee or Contractor’ Suit

Uber Drivers Granted Class Action in ‘Employee or Contractor’ Suit

There’s been an important development in a lawsuit brought against Uber over the much-publicized tensions between the company’s insistence that its drivers are independent contractors and some drivers’ claim that they are employees. A US District Judge has ruled that it may continue as a class action. “The court concludes that a number of Uber’s class certification arguments are problematic,” …

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Twitter Sets Public Diversity Goals – 35% Women in the Workforce by Next Year

A couple of months ago, very white and very male company Twitter made a vague promise to build “a representative workforce, and is dedicated to ensuring fairness in all people decisions, including hiring, promoting, and paying.” Now, it’s making more specific promises. Twitter has set diversity goals, which it hopes to achieve by next year. These include a workforce that …

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Angry Birds Maker Rovio Is Cutting 260 Jobs

Angry Birds Maker Rovio Is Cutting 260 Jobs

In an effort to “sharpen its focus”, Angry Birds creator Rovio is announcing another round of job cuts. Rovio says it will soon “begin employee negotiations on up to 260 redundancies.” If you’re working on the Angry Birds movie, you’re safe – but all all division are up for the cuts. Rovio says it wants to focus on three areas …

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Uber Facing Another Lawsuit from Driver Who Claims Employee Status

Uber is once again facing a lawsuit from a driver who says he should be treated as an employee, rather than an independent contractor. A Los Angeles man named Greg Fisher has sued Uber in California Northern District Court. He claims that Uber owes him unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime, and other damages. According to Fisher, Uber owes him this …

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Apple Reveals Modest Improvement in Employee Diversity

Apple Reveals Modest Improvement in Employee Diversity

Last year, when Apple released its first ever diversity report, the company revealed that its workforce was 70 percent male and 55 percent white. Of course, this didn’t set Apple apart from any other major tech company – everyone in Silicon Valley has been struggling with diversity. Tim Cook said he was not happy with that. “Let me say up …

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Netflix Offers New Moms and Dads a Year of Leave

Netflix Offers New Moms and Dads a Year of Leave

In terms of maternity and paternity leave, The United States lags behind many other developed nations. A lot of them. American company Netflix, however, is setting the bar incredibly high with a new family leave policy. Netflix has announced that its instituting an unlimited family lave policy – for both new moms and new dads – for the first year. …

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Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a ride to those offering a ride. It’s a logistics company. Uber simply connects third-party contractors with customers. Its drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That notion is being challenged quite a bit as of late, and it looks like Uber is facing another lawsuit over …

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Uber Settles Lawsuit over Death of 6-Year-Old Girl

Uber has settled a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the tragic death of a six-year-old girl on New Year’s Eve, 2013. On December 31st at around 8pm, Sofia Liu, her younger brother Anthony, and mother Huan Kuang were struck as they walked a crosswalk in San Francisco. Sofia died as a resulted of the accident. The driver was logged in …

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Facebook, a Year Later, Is a Little Less White, Male (a Little)

Over the past year, the gender and ethnic makeup of Facebook’s workforce didn’t really change. As of today, Facebook’s employees are 55% white and 68% male. A year ago, when Facebook reported its first diversity data, those numbers were 57% and 69%, respectively. So, progress. A little bit. “While we have achieved positive movement over the last year, it’s clear …

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Twitter Promises to Work on Its Diversity Problem

Twitter has made a promise, albeit a bit vague, to make sure its workforce is more diverse. The company has partnered with the UN’s HeForShe initiative, a “solidarity movement for gender equality that brings together one half of humanity in support of the other half of humanity, for the benefit of all.” “Twitter will use its full reach to advance …

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Facebook Is Requiring Minorities Be Considered for All Open Positions

Facebook has a diversity problem. Facebook is far from the only company in the Valley with a diversity problem, but it exists nonetheless. When it comes to the company’s over 10,000 employees, the landscape is very white and very male. So, what’s Facebook doing about this? It’s in the process of instituting its own “Rooney Rule”. Established in 2003, the …

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Facebook Pushes $15 Minimum Wage, Other Benefits for Cooks, Janitors, and Security Workers

Wage disparity is a problem everywhere but it might just be more visible in a place like Silicon Valley, where employees at tech companies often make six figures while those who support their very existence make much, much less. Facebook has just announced that it has implemented “a new set of standards on benefits for contractors and vendors who support …

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Women Are Happiest Working for These Tech Companies

Among other things, 2014 has been the year of the diversity report. Like dominoes, tech company after tech company has made a point to release their internal diversity figures – basically, gender and ethnic breakdowns of the companies’ workforces. As more and more companies released these numbers, more and more companies felt compelled to do the same. By the end …

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LinkedIn Is Giving Companies An Internal Job Recommendations Tool

LinkedIn announced new features to make recruiting and talent retainment easier. One of these is for Internal Job Recommendations, which raises employee awareness about open positions within the companies they’re already working at. More importantly, for those looking to retain their employees, it lets them know about internal jobs when they start looking externally. The recommendations will appear in the …

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Companies Struggling To Retain Their Best Workers, Says LinkedIn [Infographic]

LinkedIn surveyed 7,530 of its members in the US, Australia, Canada, India and the UK who recently changed jobs. The company is calling this its “Exit Survey”. We’re assuming there will be more of these in the future. The findings were used to determine why employees are leaving their jobs, and how much it’s costing companies. “Companies across the globe …

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Subway Employees Instagram Penis on Bread, Frozen Pee in a Bottle

Two Subway employees who posted incredibly gross photos of themselves on Instagram have been terminated. One photo shows an employee holding a bottle of frozen urine alongside the caption “Today at work I froze my pee.” And the other photo shows another employee putting his penis on an unbaked loaf of Subway bread. The photos have since been deleted, but …

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Pregnant T-Mobile Employee Forced to Use Vacation Time to Go to the Bathroom [UPDATED]

UPDATED with comment from T-Mobile’s Larry Myers below ORIGNAL ARTICLE: A former T-Mobile employee is speaking out about her terrible last few months working at a call center in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Kristi Rifkin, her ordeal started when she became pregnant with her second child and her pregnancy forced her to take a few extra breaks. As Rifkin tells …

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CISPA Add-On Banning Employers from Seeking Facebook Passwords Killed

As you probably know, on Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA. The bill, which aims to help the government react to cybersecurity threats by making it easier to share information between itself and private companies, saw bipartisan support. Opponents of CISPA have argued that the bill is a …

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Amazon Hiring 50,000 People for the Holiday Season

With the holiday season fast approaching, retailers need to reinforce their workforce to handle the increased business that comes with the period. This year, Amazon has just announced that they will add more than 50,000 temporary jobs (seasonal positions) at their fulfillment centers across the U.S. “In addition to the thousands of people we’ve hired for full-time jobs this year, …

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Two Password Protection Bills Signed in California

A few months ago, multiple reports surfaced of employers abusing their power to extract social media passwords from current of prospective employees – and the topic gained a lot of traction around the country. Bills were introduced in state legislatures as well as on the national level to deal with the practice of employers asking for employee passwords. Lawmakers succeeded …

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Google Employees Get Awesome Benefits on Both Sides of the River Styx

It’s common knowledge that it’s pretty awesome to work for Google. They’ve received a substantial amount of publicity for their top-notch employee benefits, which extend far beyond great health coverage and a great work environment. But did you know that Google cares for their employees even when they’re no longer Google employees? No I don’t mean when they get fired, …

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Don’t Check Your Email While Reading This – It Will Save Your Life

Are you one of those types that has a strict policy of not checking your work email when you’re not at work? If you are, good on you because you’re doing you and your heart a huge favor. In fact, you could do yourself an even bigger favor by not checking your work email so much when you’re also at …

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Stop Shoving Social Media Down My Throat

It’s time to step up and address one of the great myths pervading the social web — that an essential best practice is decentralizing social media marketing and pushing it down to employees at every level of the company.  This is a philosophy that sounds good, but is often detached from practical reality. I have been immersed in the social web for more …

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The ROI of Employees

Over at his blog yesterday, Chris Brogan wrote about his admiration for Gary Vaynerchuk. The post sparked quite the discussion in the comments, a lot of it about ROI (return on investment). This stemmed from a quip Gary had made to an event attendee who was asking a few times about the ROI of social media, to which Gary replied, …

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Should Your Employer Have Access to Your Facebook Account?

privacyrisksfacebookYesterday, I read a report in the American magazine The Atlantic which asked the question Read More

The Need for a Flexible Employee Social Media Policy

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