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Archive: March, 2010

The India Way

Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 3:20 AM
It strikes Wharton management professor Jitendra Singh as ironic that most of India’s top executives were trained in management schools that based their educational philosophies on lessons from American big business. As America’s companies struggled with the downturn, the India economy... Read more

Free to speak

Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 11:34 AM
If Temple University Hospital’s 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals go on strike tomorrow, one issue will be management’s request to add a non-disparagement clause to the contract. Up front, I have to admit that I have a bias here — a bias that comes with being a reporter... Read more

Snyder's twist on health care

Monday, March 29, 2010, 12:46 PM
One question I have about health care in the new world is whether employers will get out of the insurance business and cast their employees' and their employees' families onto the insurance exchanges when they develop in 2014. You can read my article about it in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Snyder's... Read more

Questions for young adults

Thursday, March 25, 2010, 10:49 AM
Well, it looks like today's the day for the health care overhaul to pass. I've gotten two emails/calls today so far from people concerned about how the coverage will play out for 26-year-olds. Click here to read my story about that in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday. The good news, at least... Read more

Garden variety insurance

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 11:58 AM
Isn't it fascinating that 30 states already have some form of provision for insuring young adults? You can see what I wrote about it in today's Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here. New Jersey's situation is interesting and revealing. In the Garden State, employers who have insurance (as opposed... Read more

Bye bye benefits

Monday, March 22, 2010, 11:40 AM
Here's my question: What will happen to employer-provided health benefits? I'm wondering if the penalties will simply encourage companies to drop it. Think of this, many companies employ many people in human resource departments to manage benefits. Wouldn't it be simpler for executives to pay a price... Read more

From nurses to purses

Friday, March 19, 2010, 4:15 AM
Big day for labor news in Philadelphia today. Richard Trumka, the former Pennsylvania coal miner and Villanova law school grad, who heads the nation's largest labor federation, will be at two rallies. At 10:15 a.m., he'll be outside of Temple University hospital in support of 1,500 nurses and professionals... Read more

Taxi travails

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 12:14 PM
The economics of cab driving are fascinating. Yesterday I talked to Ronald Blount and Steve Chervenka, two longtime Philadelphia cabbies, about the idea of cabbies getting workers' compensation and today my article about it is in the Philadelphia Inquirer's business section. Tomorrow they'll be in... Read more

Big and small

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:55 AM
Just in time for college grads feeling that sense of panic about job-hunting, I'd like to offer some tips from Betsy Richards, director of personal brand strategy (Can you believe that title? My eyes are rolling!) at Kaplan University. She says that college graduates should think both big and small... Read more

In the hole

Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 2:48 PM
My editor came over today to ask me about a story -- how President Obama's economic advisors are telling him not to expect any major improvements in employment any time soon. Yet, we see some positive signs in the economy, and indeed, even in employment. Still I'm extremely pessimistic. When I think... 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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