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Lifetime Earnings: The First Decade is Everything
Wed, 02/25/15 | 15 Comments
Lifetime Earnings: The First Decade is Everything

The New York Fed recently released a landmark study on individual lifetime earnings, called “What Do Data on Millions of U.S. Workers Reveal about Life-Cycle Earnings Risk?
The breadth and depth of the data analyzed – …

Walmart’s Wage Increase Raises the Floor for Low-Wage Worker Pay
Mon, 02/23/15 | 19 Comments
Walmart’s Wage Increase Raises the Floor for Low-Wage Worker Pay

I’ve bashed really big, cash-rich corporations for not paying a livable wage, and offered up some alternative retailers/restaurants that are paying a livable wage. Americans should not settle for pay of less than $10.
Apparently, Walmart …

Unlimited Vacation Days? No Thanks!
Tue, 12/2/14 | 29 Comments
Unlimited Vacation Days? No Thanks!

The hottest new job perk these days is unlimited vacation time (aka “discretionary time off”, or DTO). That’s right, UNLIMITED VACATION DAYS! (WOO HOO!)
Virgin Air and Tribune (parent company for Chicago Tribute and the Los …

Why you Are Not Taking your Paid Vacation Days, but Should
Mon, 09/29/14 | 16 Comments

Previous generations of workers fought their butts off for paid vacation leave. Some succeeded in getting this essential employee benefit from their employers. Others did not.
As a matter of fact, to this very day, the …

Interviewer Asking for Reference to Current Supervisor?
Wed, 08/6/14 | 24 Comments
Interviewer Asking for Reference to Current Supervisor?

OK, this post is going to come across as part career advice, part opinion seeking, part storytelling, and part rant. Should be a fun one!
As many long-time readers will know, my wife made the career …

Don’t Settle for Anything Less than a Livable Wage
Mon, 06/30/14 | 9 Comments
Don’t Settle for Anything Less than a Livable Wage

At times we all have to work jobs that are not exactly what we envision ourselves in at our career peak. Case in point, my first job ever was as a busboy for a Flap …


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