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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty

In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty
Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.

 

Among the Poor, Women Feel Inequality More Deeply

Among the Poor, Women Feel Inequality More Deeply
Women are more likely than men to be in a minimum-wage job, and they’re also more likely to be raising a family on their own.

 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options ...

Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options
Many thought such skimpy coverage once the health law was fully implemented this year. Instead, 16 percent of large employers in a by the National Business Group on Health said they will offer in 2015 these so-called skinny plans along with at least one insurance option that does qualify under ACA standards

 

Britain’s Recovery Gains Momentum, but Wages Slip

Britain’s Recovery Gains Momentum, but Wages Slip
The Bank of England raised slightly its forecast for growth and indicated it was moving closer to gradually increasing interest rates if wages improve.

 

Can Family Leave Policies Be Too Generous? It Seems So

Can Family Leave Policies Be Too Generous? It Seems So
In countries with family-friendly policies, women are likelier to stay in the labor force, but less likely to reach positions of real power.

 

As Work Shifts Vary, Family’s Only Constant Is Chaos

As Work Shifts Vary, Family’s Only Constant Is Chaos
Increasing numbers of low-income mothers and fathers are at the center of a new collision that pits workplace scheduling technology against the routines of parenting.

 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state's growth

Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state's growth
On the surface, California's job market is booming. The growth, though, belies a troubling imbalance. The fastest job creation has come in low-wage sectors, in which pay has declined. At the high end of the salary scale, a different dynamic has taken hold: rising pay and improving employment after rounds of consolidation.

 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Kids and parents turn to coding to boost college, career prospects

Kids and parents turn to coding to boost college, career prospects
Interest in computer coding is surging for a growing number of students stoked by popular computer gaming and smartphone apps — and hoping for a crucial leg up when applying to college and launching careers. Students and their parents view coding as an indispensable skill in the digital era, especially since the number of programming-related jobs is projected to soar in the next decade.

 

Freelance workers a growing segment of California economy

Freelance workers a growing segment of California economy
It's hard to track the growth of the gray economy because so many employers hide workers for tax purposes. Experts generally agree, however, that the ranks of the underemployed swelled during the recession — more than in past downturns — and have remained substantial in an unsteady recovery.

 

Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers And Consumers

Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers And ...
While other continents have aging populations, Africa is giving birth to a new generation of consumers and workers. Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region in the world, with 43 percent of its population under age 15.

 

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