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9/24/2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Walmart, alleging discrimination against pregnant employees at a distribution center in Wisconsin. The lawsuit accuses Walmart of forcing pregnant workers to take unpaid leave and not providing reasonable accommodations, both of which violate the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

9/24/2018

Ask questions that invoke thoughtful answers at networking events, as this helps create meaningful connections with people, writes Marguerita Cheng. "Part of making connections is helping people. When you meet people, pay attention to what they say to see if they have a problem you can help solve," says Cheng.

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9/24/2018

The trends in gig economy income are a mixed bag, a study by the JPMorgan Chase Institute found. People involved in what are essentially leasing startups, such as Airbnb, Turo and Parklee, brought in an average of 69% more in 2017 than in 2013, while drivers for transportation services, such as Uber and Lyft, earned 53% less.

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9/24/2018

Turning down low-level projects can help you focus on higher-level tasks that are more beneficial for your career growth and the company's success, explains author Dorie Clark. When turning down work, do so in a manner that shows it's better for the company that you focus your time and energy on priority tasks.

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Dorie Clark
9/24/2018

Most employers expect to negotiate salary, so they leave a little wiggle room in the initial offer, executive Tammy Perkins states. A Glassdoor study found that the average US worker could be making $7,500 more per year if they had negotiated for a better salary, and that adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a career.

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9/24/2018

Companies are finding it hard to hire qualified workers in today's job market, so apprenticeships are starting to pop up in New York for careers not traditionally associated with apprenticeships. Companies such as IBM have launched apprentice programs, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in 2017 an initiative to create 450 apprenticeships in the health and tech industries by 2020.

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9/24/2018

Achieving true balance between work and personal life is unattainable, and chasing it can cause unnecessary stress and burnout, writes Marcus Ranney. Work-life harmony is achievable by finding meaning in your work through mindfulness and purpose.

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YourStory (India)
9/24/2018

Fossils of an ancient organism known as Dickinsonia were found to be 558 million years old, and research indicates that they are the oldest known animal. Ilya Bobrovskiy, a Ph.D. student at Australian National University, discovered the fossils on a cliff side in northwestern Russia.

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The Guardian (London)
9/24/2018

Imran Syed, a former executive at Oracle who is Muslim, has sued the company, alleging HR executive Jeffrey Eason repeatedly harassed him about his race, religion and immigrant status. The lawsuit accuses Eason of complaining about foreigners' takeover of US jobs and retaliating against Syed.

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9/21/2018

Companies that operate globally are conducting internal investigations as "criminal recruiters" look for employees willing to sell inside information. These enterprises advertise on the dark web, offering as much as 10 times an employee's salary in exchange for sensitive information.

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CNBC