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Archive: March, 2013

College seniors: Take a broad view when job-hunting

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 4:00 AM
After a couple of rough years, things are looking up for college graduates, says John Challenger, who heads the Chicago outplacement firm of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. To take advantage of the growing job market, seniors should take a broader look at career possibilities. "Graduates should... Read more

Business lessons from an alleged drug dealer in Atlantic City

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 3:35 AM
Mykal Derry, the U.S. Attorney said, ran an efficient business operation, dealing heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs -- as much as a million dollars worth -- in Atlantic City. As a crime story, it's impressive -- 25 arrested Tuesday, 34 charged -- with the main points laid out at a Camden press... Read more

Feeling sexually harassed at work?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 3:50 AM
Feeling sexually harassed at work? Experiencing racial, age, gender or disability-based harassment? The first step, advises employment lawyer Patricia Barasch, is a common-sense one. Tell the person doing the harassment to stop. Barasch is a partner in Schall & Barasch in Moorestown and the president... Read more

Watch out what you sign at work

Monday, March 25, 2013, 11:59 AM
Doing your job and doing it well is the best way to stay out of trouble at work, advises Patricia Barasch, a Moorestown attorney who heads the National Employment Lawyers Association, a group of lawyers specializing in representing individuals in workplace cases. Here's the next tip: Watch what you... Read more

College-educated dishwashers

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 4:10 AM
When Christe McGowan first started as the director of dining services at Medford Leas nine years ago, she had to build a constant pipeline of high-school-aged dining room servers, coffee shops attendants and sanitation attendant (that's the dishwasher!) to replace seniors going off to college. She... Read more

Teenagers harassed on the job

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 4:30 AM
Hundreds of teenagers hustling to get summer jobs: How many of them will end up getting ripped off or harassed by their employees? Last year, Sydney Demo, 15, a sophomore from Mt. Laurel, was one of them. I met Sydney on Monday at Lenape Regional High School District's second annual job fair. (Read... Read more

Turning a teenager's job into a mission

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 3:30 AM
Here's a man who knows how to turn a summer job into a higher calling. "You'll be able to impact a lot of lives," Jamie Blackwell told a crowd of teenagers gathered around his table at the Lenape Regional High School District's second annual job fair Monday. His table was by far the busiest at the... Read more

Staying out of trouble at work

Monday, March 18, 2013, 11:52 AM
Usually, by the time employment lawyer Patricia Barasch sees her clients, they are in trouble. But, she said, there is a lot employees can do to avoid trouble on the job. Over the next few days, I'm going to pass on hints from Barasch, who, besides practicing law in Moorestown with her partner Richard... Read more

An NFL enigma: Why doesn't arena football match up?

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:45 PM
Why isn't arena football as popular in the U.S. as its NFL counterpart? As a non-fan, I can't see the allure of freezing to death in a cold stadium for an NFL game. As for television, it seems to primarily benefit tavern owners, since the game goes on forever -- giving it a high beer/yards played... Read more

Update: City Council passed paid sick leave in Philadelphia

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 4:35 AM
I promised an update on this morning's Philadelphia City Council vote on a measure requiring most employers to provide some paid sick leave. City Council passed the measure, voting on it before total chaos ensued in its chambers over the budget. The vote was 11 to six with council president Darrell... Read more
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