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Archive: October, 2010

Post-whale, Jonah's problem on the job

Friday, October 29, 2010, 5:15 AM
This morning I was reading the Bible about Jonah -- remember him? He was the one swallowed by the whale and when I thought about it, his story has a great workplace lesson. Jonah actually survived his whale experience and was later spit out just in time to complete an important task assigned by God... Read more

On the record: Missing health insurance info

Thursday, October 28, 2010, 11:50 AM
Taking health information to a community fair is about as bogus as it gets, said Deborah Peel, a psychiatrist who heads Patient Privacy Rights, an advocacy group with a self-explanatory name. Peel was one of the people I interviewed last week in a group of stories about a data breach at Keystone Mercy... Read more

A degree of good will

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 12:07 PM
Just read an interesting story about tuition reimbursement policies in the Workforce Management newsletter. The author says that tuition reimbursement plans have generally survived budget cuts, but that companies are increasingly looking to measure their efficiency. Clearly, a tuition reimbursement... Read more

Clarence Thomas and the family

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 12:17 PM
Today's Philadelphia Inquirer story about the phone call U.S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas' wife Virginia made to Anita Hill raised some interesting questions for me. Aside from the call to Hill, which I would describe as just really odd, it is interesting that she has turned out to be so politically... Read more

Bare feet, head scarf

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 11:10 AM
Interesting news today about the Muslim woman in Dover who was reinstated at her job at Bare Feet Shoes after she had been canned for refusing to remove her religious hair scarf. Khadijah Campbell, 23, who moved from Philadelphia to Dover, was interviewed wearing her hijab and was hired on the spot... Read more

Employment down, wages mixed locally

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 12:25 PM
Theoretically, the recession is over, but employment continues to decline, the Labor Department reported Tuesday morning. From March 2009 to March 2010, employment declined in 296 of the nation's 320 largest counties, including all of the counties in this area. Nationally, average wages rose by 0... Read more

Yoh: More bad news

Monday, October 18, 2010, 7:56 AM
Every time I feel hopeful (which can be attached to something as temporary as a dusting the furniture in my dining room after several months), I look at some job survey and get depressed. This morning's downer has to do with the current wage status of technology jobs and it's not good. Yoh, the Philadelphia... Read more

Script of a disagreement

Friday, October 15, 2010, 11:56 AM
So was it the union's fault that Express Scripts chose not to expand in Bucks County? The company says it is. The union says the opposite. Here is a recap of what each side told me as I reported the story in today's Philadelphia Inquirer. In the summer of 2009, the company was shopping around for... Read more

Handling the post-interview jitters

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:20 PM
On the one hand, it's so exciting and fabulous to get a job interview after months of looking, networking and shoveling resumes into what seems to be an abyss. But then what? Why are companies taking so long to make a decision and what should the interviewee do in the meantime? Let's put the part... Read more

Sick pay in San Francisco

Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 12:13 PM
First the caveat: The nonprofit research group that studied the effect of sick pay legislation in San Francisco also wants to promote it here. But their report about how it worked out in California is interesting. The main point: The business community squawked like crazy in opposition and later acknowledged... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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