After one of her two sisters was found to have breast cancer, Pamela Fink rushed to have a genetic test to see whether she had a predisposition for such cancer, and the answer came back yes. Soon her other sister also contracted breast cancer and had chemotherapy and a mastectomy. Alarmed by these developments, Fink, 39, a mother of two who lives in Fairfield, Conn., decided to have a preventive double mastectomy, fearing she also would contract breast cancer and might die from it. When she returned from surgery, she said, her company started giving her fewer responsibilities and then demoted and ultimately fired her.
Experts suggest it's best to wait to bring up the topic until it becomes relevant to the discussion. The best thing you can do is to get selected on the merits of your qualifications.
Longer work hours -- not to mention the usual roadblocks to regular exercise -- can make a personal-fitness routine one of the first things sacrificed when life gets too hectic.
By Patricia Montemurri Detroit Free Press DETROIT — Holly Myles begins her workday with a heating pad on her lap, wrapped head-to-toe in a fleece blanket. She wears gloves; she is sure that if she didn't her hand would...
By Kristin Collins McClatchy Newspapers RALEIGH, N.C. — A Duke University researcher says the United States may no longer be the world's only land of opportunity. According to a study released this month, immigrants from India and China are...
By Cindy Krischer Goodman Miami Herald Todd Friedman, president of a Miami marketing firm, was taken aback when a senior director handling several major projects told him she needed time off. The woman explained she would be undergoing cancer...
By CAROL HYMOWITZ The Wall Street Journal Companies typically shed talent rather than search for new or additional employees during periods of economic slowdowns. That could change, though. Even as they contemplate layoffs, many companies also are hunting for...
Many summer interns are willing to work for free just to get a foot in the door. It's tempting for employers, but it can land a firm in more trouble than it's worth.
Kyung M. Song Seattle Times health reporter Eroding health coverage A NEW AARP SURVEY of 407 employers in Washington found ominous signs that workers may have to contribute more to keep their health-insurance coverage. Among the findings: Cost sharing:...
It's happening at Dunkin' Donuts, at Hilton hotels, even at Marine Corps bases: Employees are starting and ending their days by pressing a hand or finger to a scanner that logs the precise time of their arrival and departure, and the information is automatically reflected in payroll records.
Tapping out an e-mail on your BlackBerry under the conference-room table. Resetting your ringtone to your favorite song. Keeping your Bluetooth in your ear at a business lunch. Think no one noticed those technological faux pas? Wrong – and many find it rude.
Condominiums aren't just places to live any more. The condo concept is migrating to the workplace. Businesses looking for office space don't necessarily have to lease it or buy an entire building. There's a third option: Buy an office condo.
At a time when employers are scaling back on costly health benefits, pet insurance is gaining popularity as an employee benefit. Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation's largest pet insurer, saw its corporate accounts balloon from 15 to 1,600 in the past six years. About 15 percent of Veterinary Pet Insurance's policies, or about 50,000, come from its corporate accounts.
How much should a company's culture reflect its chief executive, especially one who prides himself on being blunt and innovative – and, some might say, abrasive? If you're new Tribune Co. CEO Sam Zell, the answer seems to be: a lot.
In her nightmares, Jaymie Lennon's former boss calls her an idiot, undermines her confidence, tells other employees that Lennon is "unstable" and "mentally ill," and regularly threatens to fire her. Just, she says, like in real life.
A bill to give workers up to five weeks of paid family leave — which would be one of the most generous benefits in the nation — was approved on March 5 by the Senate budget committee.
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