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25 percent of workers run into this career derailment, but you can protect yourself

25 percent of workers run into this career derailment, but you can protect yourself

Finance
As you approach your open enrollment deadline this year, you may forget to pay attention to one key area. However, chances are you will need it. One in 4 adults will become disabled before reaching retirement age, according to the Social Security Administration. A total of 20.1 million adults of employment age report a work disability, according to research published by the National Institutes of Health. Common causes include back or neck problems; depression, anxiety or other emotional issues; and arthritis or rheumatism. ...
Google workers walk out over treatment of women

Google workers walk out over treatment of women

Technology
Google employees at offices around the world are staging a walkout over the treatment of women at the company after sexual misconduct claims were made against several senior figures. The protest - dubbed Walkout For Real Change - has been organised a week after The New York Times published a number of allegations surrounding high-profile workers at the technology giant.Andy Rubin, who created the Android mobile operating system, and Richard DeVaul, a director at the Google X research firm working on far-flung projects such as self-driving cars, are among those named in the article.The former is said to have received a $ 90m (£69.7m) severance package when he left Google in 2014, despite the company concluding that sexual misconduct claims against him were credible. ...
Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Workers urge Amazon boss to restore share schemes

Technology
Dozens of UK Amazon warehouse workers have sent emails directly to Jeff Bezos urging him to restore their employee share and incentive schemes, which they say have been cut in order to fund a promised pay rise. Sky News has seen some of the emails, which mainly come from longer-term workers, who say they have been hit hard by the changes.In one, a worker at a fulfilment centre in Dunfermline warns Mr Bezos that the move "may receive major backlash and some disappointed workers".The email continues: "We take great pleasure in receiving our shares as that is what makes Amazon unique and for people that have children it is a delight to have that extra bonus."In another, a worker who says they have worked for seven years in Amazon's fulfilment centre at Doncaster, tells Mr Bezo...
Global warming increases risk of heat stress for outdoor workers

Global warming increases risk of heat stress for outdoor workers

Science
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Every year, a few hundred people in the United States die as a result of heat exposure, making heat stress the leading cause of weather-related deaths -- deadlier than lightning, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to heat, and their risk of exposure to heat stress conditions is likely to increase as the effects of climate change progress. That's why several advocacy groups, including Public Citizen and the United Farm Workers, have petitioned the federal government to establish stronger -- and specific -- heat stress-related protections for outdoor workers. Heat stress conditions are produced by the combination of high temperatures and high humidity. When it's humid, sweat can't evaporate efficiently, limiting the body's natural abi...
'We are totally happy,' says paid Amazon workers on Twitter

'We are totally happy,' says paid Amazon workers on Twitter

Technology
Amazon is taking an out-of-the box approach to answering its critics — paying workers to be "ambassadors" and tweet full-time about how satisfied they were at their jobs. One worker who Amazon says used to pack boxes at its warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida, tweeted about air circulation at the online retailer's warehouse being "very good." Plus, the worker whose account gives her name as Shauntrelle, says workers there get two 30-minute breaks during their 10-hour shifts, something she calls "a benefit." Others on social media were skeptical of her cheery messages, calling her a bot. Shauntrelle responded to them, too, even with a misspelling: "We are totally noraml and not bots and we are totally happy working for an amazing company." The tweets are part of Amazon's plan to figh...