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Billionaire CEOs make a pro-immigration pitch to save DACA

Silicon Valley's pro-immigration stance leads that of any other industry.


People risked their lives to get to work during Hurricane Harvey

Often, it was by economic necessity.


Woman who shook Uber files Supreme Court brief to revolutionize tech hiring practices

A former Uber engineer wants to stack the deck towards employees again.

The Economy

The American healthcare industry is growing fast, June jobs report shows

Healthcare is growing fast— but that doesn't mean it will pay well.

The Whole Human

Grief leave is catching on with more companies

When your heart is broken, your head doesn’t work right.

Parents @ Work

Dad sues J.P Morgan for equal paternity leave, seeking respect for dads as caregivers

"Just because I’m a father, not a mother, it shouldn’t prevent me from being the primary caregiver for my baby."

The Economy

Jobs are available, but many of them aren’t so good

We're seeing lower wages and more people dropping out of the workforce. But where are they going?


The best state for military retirees is Florida, study says

Priorities for veterans: healthcare and low taxes.

Office Romance

This Swedish town rejected the idea of an hour-long ‘weekly sex break’

You'll just have to wait until you get home.


The majority of Americans believe you can get a good job without a college degree

But you really can't.

Parents @ Work

Australian lawmaker breastfeeds her baby in Parliament for the first time

A breastfeeding politician in Australia shows how far the U.S. still has to go in welcoming working mothers.

Parents @ Work

If you’re a working mom, move to Vermont, study says

Working mothers have it easier in some states.


Talking politics in the office is the most annoying thing you can do

Since the 2016 election, political talk in the office has caused workers stress.


United CEO Oscar Munoz gets grilled about employee policies

The United CEO was questioned by Congress about how the airline's policies overwhelmed good judgment.


Dumpster diving at work? No one said Earth Day would be easy

It's not easy being green, but some companies encourage employees to try.


Many more people are saying money keeps them up at night

The cost of healthcare is freaking a lot of people out.

Gender at Work

Right out of the gate, women make less money than men

The gender pay gap starts immediately after college. But what really causes it?

Gender at Work

Women no longer have to wear high heels to work in this big city

The global backlash against sexist dress codes continues.

Gender at Work

Google has an ‘extreme’ gender pay gap, US government says

The Labor Department is going after Silicon Valley for pay discrepancies, and Google is a target.


Retail jobs, so important to the American economy, are weakening

The retail industry, one of the biggest employers of Americans, continues to lose out.

Parents @ Work

Childcare comes to one coworking space, so why not everywhere?

People work and have children. Why haven't more companies combined the two?

The Whole Human

The new important work leave: caring for a sick relative

Everyone has relatives who get sick, but workplace leave policies largely haven't adapted to the demands of real life.

Gender at Work

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg recognizes that ‘Lean In’ didn’t make women equal

Telling women to work harder didn't get women very far — maybe because they were working hard before.

Future of Work

Little girl loves a “robot,” but one might take your job in the future

Robots and automation are not just threats for blue-collar jobs, but white-collar ones.

Family Leave

An incredible 1 in 7 Americans thinks men shouldn’t take time off for a baby

Whether you support paternity leave depends on your age and your political beliefs.

identity at work

Italy wants to offer women ‘menstrual leave’

Menstrual leave is designed to empower women to take care of themselves, but it frequently acts as a stigma.

Future of Work

Study: More working-class white Americans are dying ‘deaths of despair’

A core part of the U.S. population is dying faster than any other group.

Animals at Work

The real dog days of Washington are coming, and they will be adorable

One government agency has become the first to welcome dogs into the office.

Age in the Workplace

An important age discrimination lawsuit may come to the Supreme Court

Can an employer have secret age hiring preferences for its online applicants?


Everything business travelers need to know about the new laptop ban

All the facts you need if you're going to travel overseas for work.


Ohio companies officially allow handguns on work premises

A new law broadens the rights of people who own firearms, but not everyone approves.


Worker safety rules are quietly going away

Rules that protect office workers and factory workers alike are getting weaker.

Identity at Work

Employers can ban Muslim headscarves, top European court says

Can employees display religious symbols in Europe? It depends on who they work for.