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A Case for Ditching the Career to Embrace 'Lying Flat'

Cassady Rosenblum writes about the movement in essay for 'NYT'

(Newser) - "Work has become intolerable. Rest is resistance." That's the message of the "lying flat" movement that kicked off in China in April and is now starting to take hold globally as a pushback against the 24/7 hamster wheel of capitalism, detailed in Cassady Rosenblum's op-ed...

In Iceland, Shorter Workweek an 'Overwhelming Success'

Workers who put in 35-36 hours instead of 40 were happier, more productive, per 4-year experiment

(Newser) - Iceland always seems to fall near the top of most "happiest nations" lists, and this experimentation with a shorter workweek may have just cemented its spot. For four years, between 2015 and 2019, more than 1% of the nation's workforce (2,500 workers or so) from all types...

In Surprise Move, Google Workers Form a Union

It's seen as a Silicon Valley first

(Newser) - The words "labor union" and "Silicon Valley" don't usually go together, but that has just changed in a notable way. More than 200 workers at Google have formed a union affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, reports CNBC . The Hill sees it as a "historic...

Trump Funeral Guest Hit Restaurant Worker: Report

Seems it all went down at a Fig & Olive restaurant

(Newser) - Looks like someone in Robert Trump's funeral party got upset Friday night and punched a restaurant worker in the nose, Fox 5 DC reports. NBC News correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted that he confirmed the assault at a Fig & Olive restaurant in DC: The unnamed mourner "blindsided one...

Factory With 'Heartbreaking' Virus Count Is Shut Down

Los Angeles Apparel is closed until it complies with public health mandates

(Newser) - A Los Angeles clothing factory with four coronavirus deaths and 300 confirmed cases has been shut down, CNN reports. County health officials said Friday the Los Angeles Apparel facility had violated mandatory health orders and refused to let health inspectors inside. "The death of four dedicated garment workers is...

It's by Far the Worst String of Layoffs on Record

4.4M more file for unemployment benefits, bringing total to 26M over 5 weeks

(Newser) - More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for US unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began forcing millions of employers...

'Worst-Case' Situation Spurs Creativity at Shutdown Bar

Owner decided to tear cash off establishment's walls to pay laid-off staffers

(Newser) - "We always had an inside joke: 'If anything goes bad, at least we have the money on the wall,'" Juliana Sodre tells Business Insider . Sodre, the co-owner of the Hott Leggz bar in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., adds that her establishment is now indeed facing such a...

A Bookstore Laid Off Hundreds. Then, This Took Its 'Breath Away'

Powell's, popular indie chain in Oregon, rehires more than 100 workers due to online ordering boom

(Newser) - A popular indie bookstore chain in Portland, Ore., let go most of its staff—more than 300 employees—earlier this month because of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, per the Los Angeles Times , Powell's has hired back more than 100 of those workers, thanks to a surge in buying books...

UK Employers Get Ominous on New Immigration Rules

British businesses worry that keeping 'low-skilled' workers out will adversely affect various industries

(Newser) - Vegetables rotting in the fields, food going unprocessed, the elderly and disabled left without care. That's the alarming picture painted by some British employers about the impact of new UK immigration rules set to be introduced in less than a year, per the AP . Farms, food factories, and care...

America Got a Bigger Raise Than It Realized
America Got a Bigger
Raise Than It Knew
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America Got a Bigger Raise Than It Knew

Seems US wage growth was higher than we realized

(Newser) - Feeling down about politics? The Wall Street Journal 's editorial board offers a shot in the arm: Updated economic data shows that American wages are rising more than we knew. Released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis earlier this week, the numbers reveal that worker compensation jumped 4.5%...

Chinese Company Forced Workers to Eat Roaches

3 managers jailed over bizarre punishments

(Newser) - Sales staff at a home renovation company in the Chinese city of Zunyi had a choice: Meet their sales targets, or face punishments including being forced to eat cockroaches and drink urine. Police investigated the company after reports and video surfaced of the cruel and bizarre punishments, the BBC reports....

Amazon: Workers Taking Bribes From Desperate Sellers

Amazon employees, mainly in China, are offering data in exchange for money, sources say

(Newser) - To best hawk a product on Amazon, third-party sellers hope for a coveted spot on the site's first page of search results, a ranking that's boosted by positive reviews. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal those rankings could be affected by "illicit transactions" between sellers and Amazon...

Facebook's Move Against Hate Speech, With 500 New Helpers

A new law would fine social networking sites for failing to remove content

(Newser) - Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech, the AP reports. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the...

Venezuelan Workers Just Got a Huge Raise

Lowest income workers promised a 60% wage increase amid charged protests

(Newser) - In response to explosive anti-government protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro promised Sunday to raise the minimum wage by 60%. His critics claim the pay hike, announced during Maduro's weekly televised address, is a political distraction amid protests that have left 29 dead in just about a month, reports NPR...

Science Finds You Really Can Sleep Your Way to the Top

Study suggests good career things will come to those who make time for sex

(Newser) - Sex is good for you. Scientists tell us so, and continue to find ways in which it can positively impact our lives. Now a researcher at Oregon State University is reporting that "making a more intentional effort" to have a healthy sex life is an actual "issue of...

7 of the Best Employee Perks
7 of the Best
Employee Perks

7 of the Best Employee Perks

Wait—pet insurance?!

(Newser) - Sure, love what you do—but the pay and benefits don't hurt, either. Glassdoor checked out companies that offer unusual perks beyond unlimited vacation time and casual Fridays, and it found a bunch that have entered "legendary status" for benefits that offer "ingenuity, uniqueness, or life-changing potential....

Japan Asks Worn-Out Workers to Take Afternoon to Chill

'Premium Friday' begins in February

(Newser) - Workers in Japan put in notoriously long hours, and the country appears to be paying a price: stressed out workers and resulting health problems, including suicide. As the Japan Times notes, there's even a word for it: " karoshi ," or "death by overwork." Now Japan is...

Couple Leaves Waitress 'Tip'— That Her Place Is in the Home

Woman in SC is single and 'humiliated'

(Newser) - A waitress in Greenville, SC, says she is "humiliated" and "heartbroken" by a handwritten "tip" she received, in lieu of a monetary tip, from a couple last week who scolded her for working outside the home, WIS-TV reports. After noting that she is a "good waitress"...

For Stadium Workers, Super Bowl Is Not So Super

Gabriel Thompson describes working 16 hours, some unpaid

(Newser) - Gabriel Thompson was paid $12.25 an hour as a concession worker at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50. Not bad, right? Well, he writes at Slate , it's a little more nuanced than that: Thompson clocked in at 8:36am, more than 90 minutes after he arrived at...

Distracted at Work? You Might Be a Genius
 Distracted at Work? 
 You Might Be a Genius 


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Distracted at Work? You Might Be a Genius

All those great ideas are clogging your brain, study suggests

(Newser) - The modern world is rife with distractions, but new research suggests those who find it most difficult to focus tend to be the most intelligent. "The difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more,...

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