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Archive: July, 2009

Blue Cross: Joe Frick's salary

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 1:53 PM
It's easy to gripe about insurance companies and how much money their executives are making, especially when there are so many people without coverage and so many businesses struggling to pay premiums for their workers. Of course, it all depends on the benchmarks you use to judge. Whatever benchmark... Read more

The pajama frontier

Thursday, July 30, 2009, 4:30 AM
This is really interesting. When you hear about people working from home, you usually figure it is a professional salaried person who can work anywhere with a laptop, but surprisingly, 45 percent of the organizations that responded to a recent survey, said they had hourly workers who put in their... Read more

A little bad is better

Wednesday, July 29, 2009, 4:35 AM
Yesterday I interviewed Philip M. Dine, a longtime labor reporter and author of a new book "State of the Unions." We talked about a bunch of stuff, but this was an interesting bit that probably won't make into the story for the Philadelphia Inquirer that I'm reporting this week. Dine said... Read more

Whatever happened to old-fashioned love?

Monday, July 27, 2009, 3:05 AM
So what about loyalty? Does it matter at all any more or has the willingness of companies to use the recession as a cover to rid themselves of less than "A" level talent killed off the last vestiges? That's the provocative question that Wharton prof Peter Cappelli asks in his excellent essay... Read more

Last year's swimsuit

Friday, July 24, 2009, 3:15 AM
The other day Gerald Perrins, the local data wonk at the Philadelphia office of the U.S. Labor Department, sent me 128 pages of local employment data. It's really fascinating. Here's a little tidbit: In the Philadelphia metropolitan division, which includes the city and the four surrounding suburbs... Read more

Birthday wishes

Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 3:25 AM
It's my birthday today, so I'll forward my birthday wishes to all the unemployed people -- and also, by the way, to everyone who is working. I hope you find work that is satisfying and pays you a fair and reasonable amount, and that the amount is more than what you earned in your previous job. I hope... Read more

They'll try you before they'll buy you

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 3:45 AM
The Holy Grail, of course, is a full time job at a reasonable wage with benefits, but people shouldn't turn up their noses at contract work in the interim -- especially in the field of information technology. The advice comes from Robert Half Technology, so I'm taking it with a grain of salt, since... Read more

Wrinkle-free job hunting. It's You!

Monday, July 20, 2009, 3:10 AM
Important news you can use: You gotta be vibrant at all times if you want to get a job. To be relevant in today's workplace, make sure you have no wrinkles. Skills, experience? Unimportant. Sadly, we know there is some truth in the necessity of looking youthful and healthy, but what I find really offensive... Read more

Just the minimum

Friday, July 17, 2009, 4:15 AM
The federal minimum wage goes from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour next Friday on July 24. What does it mean? It means someone working an eight-hour day will earn $58 instead of $52.40. It may mean that fewer people will get jobs -- there are some who argue that a higher minimum wage discourages hiring... Read more

Latino joblessness

Thursday, July 16, 2009, 4:25 AM
Only 11 states have a large enough Hispanic population to enable statisticians and economists to judge how the recession is affecting unemployment for Latinos. Some of the states are obvious -- New York, Texas, California. But New Jersey is among those 11, according to the Economic Policy Institute... Read more
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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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