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Archive: April, 2009

Blessed Be The Tie That Binds

Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 9:38 AM
The sheer adrenaline-like rush of creating NovaCare in the 1990s created a tight-knit corporate crew of in the company's King of Prussia headquarters. After a change in Medicare regulations in 1999, the whole thing, with 50,000 employees and nearly $2 billion in revenues, collapsed in a matter of months... Read more

Happy Workplaces: Cut Me A Break

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 11:18 AM
I have to admit that a press release I received today really annoys me. I'd use another phrase, but I'm trying to retain a modicum of professionalism. It's all about creating "happy" workplaces. Cut me a break! Here's one particularly galling paragraph: "This spring Roxanne is traveling... Read more

Job Interview -- the Horror, the Strain, the Stakes

Monday, April 27, 2009, 10:28 AM
Job interviews -- the horror, the strain, the stakes. How easy it is to blow it! That's why you are going to love this video: According to his Twitter profile, Steinar Skipsness is a search engine marketing guy from Seattle. For fun, Skipsness posted a pretend job opening on Craigslist, rented an office... Read more

Part-time work, Full-time problem

Friday, April 24, 2009, 11:40 AM
Forgive me for being so into the arcane aspects of unemployment insurance. Of course, it is only arcane until you need it. When you need it, every detail matters. Today, an advisory group is figuring out how to resolve problems with Pennsylvania's unemployment benefit trust fund. You can read about... Read more

Severances and Unemployment Benefits

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 10:52 AM
Part of the debate on whether Pennsylvania should accept $270 million in federal stimulus money to beef up the state fund that pays unemployment benefits has to do with the existing condition of the fund. In a word -- it's not good. Like other state funds, Pennsylvania's fund is now borrowing money... Read more

Fed money: Help or hindrance?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 9:11 AM
Today I'm working on a story about unemployment benefits, specifically about whether Pennsylvania could/should make the changes to capture some extra money for its unemployment insurance fund from federal stimulus money. The changes would make it easier for more people to get unemployment insurance... Read more

Seeing Green

Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 1:01 PM
What is a green job anyway? I'm completely confused. If my newspaper uses recycled paper, as it does, then do I, as a newspaper reporter, have a green job? How about a high school biology teacher? Is that a green job? Guess the poor American History teachers are out of luck, unless they include a unit... Read more

Not a Pity Party

Monday, April 20, 2009, 11:58 AM
On Friday, I'm planning to attend a reunion of people who were all laid off from the same company in 1999. More than 300 headquarters folks lost their jobs when their company was sold. They scattered. Now one of them is organizing a reunion and at least 65 are planning to attend. To me, this is fascinating... Read more

Taming the Healthcare COBRA

Thursday, April 16, 2009, 6:00 PM
Look, people are willing to eat beans and rice forever if it helps them handle two things -- keeping the house and keeping health insurance after they lose their jobs. Both are obviously tremendous concerns and we don't need a survey to tell us that. Still, a survey by Peter D. Hart Research Associates... Read more

Lotto, Latte and Jobs in Jersey

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 12:29 PM
Sometimes I wonder about the wisdom of building an economy on gambling, but then, similarly, who could have predicted a thriving business in expensive coffee a la Starbucks? Latte or lotto, I guess they are both addictions in their own ways. These days, the gamble on gambling seems even less advised... 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.

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