The Inside Job


March 2009


Caterpillar Workers in France Take Bosses Hostage

By |

Workers in a French Caterpillar factory are holding four executives in their offices--the third time this month that French workers have used the tactic to jumpstart negotiations. Employees at Caterpillar's Grenoble plant are protesting the company's layoff plans. Caterpillar says the workers ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Making Work Pay Tax Credit: What You Need to Know

By |

Starting in April, workers will be getting small additions to their paychecks, thanks to the stimulus package "Making Work Pay" tax credit. The fatter paychecks will continue through 2010--totalling up to $400 a year for working individuals, and $800 a year for married joint filers.

Here are a few ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Bernanke: Why Executive Compensation Matters

By |

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today he wants bank compensation practices more closely monitored to prevent "mismatches between the rewards and risks borne by institutions or their managers." It's about more than quelling public and congressional anger, then.

From the AP:

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Dogs at the Office: Secret to Work-Life Balance?

By |

Remember when stories about working life weren't all about preventing layoffs, layoff anxiety, the layoff aftermath, surviving a layoff, alternatives to layoffs, and the unemployment rate after massive layoffs? It's Friday, so how about a temporary reprieve from the steady diet with a story on ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Jobless Claims and the Madness of Numbers

By |

Jobless claims--the weekly measure of first-time applications for unemployment benefits--dropped by 12,000 last week to 646,000. The drop is good, but there are other numbers that would seem troubling: nearly 5.5 million people continued to collect unemployment in the week ended March 7--a record ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

March Madness: More Like March Mildness This Year

By |

Every year around this time, we begin to see the stories on March Madness and its deleterious effect on employee productivity.

But not this year. Challenger, Gray and Christmas isn't even estimating the effects this year. “In light of the fact that employers and employees have more important ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Congress Battles Over Automatic Pay Raises

By |

This year, members of Congress will see their pay raised 2.8 percent, but they won't have to face the ailing and angry American public's censure with an awkward vote on the raise--they'll get it automatically.

Lousiana Republican Sen. David Vitter is leading an effort to oppose the practice ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Yes, You Should Go Back to School

By |

To go back to school, or not go back to school, that is the recessionary question. I recently lobbed that toughie at economist Peter Morici and he handled it deftly--if somewhat painfully for this reporter.

His advice: if you're a youngish person who was planning to go back to school anyway--do it ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Layoff Trends: NYT vs. WSJ

By |

Earlier this week, political strategist Mark Penn wrote in the Wall Street Journal that the newest recessionary microtrend is layoffs of professionals--lawyers and doctors and the like. While "America has been losing manufacturing jobs for decades," it's now seeing a new phenomenon of the ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

Dentists in Demand: Mountain Dew Mouth and More

By |

As someone who inherited high-maintenance teeth, I am very sensitive to the significance of dentists. In a recession, we talk so much of job losses and payroll cuts, it's easy to forget that people in many professions provide functions that are vital to our society's health and its ability to ...

Read More

TAGS:
careers

You Might Also Like


See More