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Talking About What Matters to Employees

What Are My Rights in a Layoff?

Layoffs are inevitable. Companies fail. Business needs change. Twitter recently announced that 9 percent of its employees are being laid off. IBM is continuously laying off employees while hiring new employees to replace them. The University of California – San Francisco is outsourcing many of its information technology jobs to India. The list goes on.

Decipher Your Paystub

California has very stringent laws regarding when and how employees must be paid. To make sure the laws aren’t ignored, employers are required to provide lots of information on paystubs. But do you really understand all the information you are receiving?

But, Don’t They Have to Give Me Severance?

Each week, our office receives dozens of calls from prospective clients. And, virtually every week, at least one of these callers asks: “doesn’t my employer have to pay me some severance?”

Be Sane and Leave Drinking at Work to Mad Men

In the AMC Series “Mad Men,” most of the partners have bars in their offices. The three martini lunch is alive and well. Everyone drinks, often to excess. And alcohol-fueled office parties often lead to disastrous consequences. Indeed, who can forget the episode in Season 3 when, during a wild office party, a John Deere lawnmower, piloted by drunken Lois, takes off the foot of a visitor from England.

In most offices, drinking of the type seen in “Mad Men” is a relic of the past.

Here’s to Hoping that Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella Learned Something About Equal Pay in His First Year

Today is the one-year anniversary of Microsoft’s announcement that Satya Nadella would become the tech giant’s new Chief Executive Officer. Nadella had worked in Silicon Valley since 1992, and had been with Microsoft for 22 years when he was elevated to the position of CEO. His first year compensation amounts to about $84 million. Until October, Nadella’s tenure as Microsoft’s CEO was unremarkable. But then came his remarks at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the World’s largest gathering of women technologists. The head of Microsoft chose this gathering of more than 8000 attendees, mostly women, to suggest that women were better off trusting “karma” than pushing for raises. The incident raised the hackles of women inside and outside the technology world and immediately raised Nadella’s profile as well … but not in a good way.

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