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Working From Home Is Here to Stay: Viewpoint

The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was …

Manulife Financial’s CEO Apologizes to Employees for Executives’ Spoof Rap Video

Manulife Financial Corp. Chief Executive Officer Roy Gori apologized to employees for a spoof rap video that was part of the executive team’s year-end message. The internal video, the third in an annual series featuring different music genres, was retracted …

Oregon Legislators Revisit Worker Protections for off Duty Pot Use

Oregon lawmakers will consider making it illegal for businesses to fire employees who flunk drug tests for using marijuana off the clock, reviving a workers’ rights campaign that failed in the statehouse last year. The Statesman Journal reports that a …

Slow Computers & Internet, Outdated Systems Demoralize EU Workers: Survey

It was the third hour of doing nothing that broke James Scott. The 25-year-old researcher was sitting at his desk at an insurance firm in northern England when the internet went down. And with it went access to all of …

Workplace Deaths Decreased in Montana

The state says workplace deaths in Montana decreased last year. The Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Research and Analysis Bureau says there were 34 workplace fatalities in 2012. That is down by 15 from the previous year. The agency …

Montana Workers File Lawsuits Against Medical Provider

Six lawsuits have been filed against Partnership Health Center in Missoula, Mont. by workers contending they were forced to work off the clock without pay, full-time workers being replaced with part-timers who don’t get benefits, and an abusive boss. The …

Report: Montana Disaster &Emergency Services Dysfunctional, Divisive

The Montana agency that responds to natural disasters and emergencies is a dysfunctional, divisive workplace with a climate of fear and the perception of bullying by some managers, according to an internal report conducted last year. The three-page report by …

Former New Mexico Sheriff’s Assistant Sues

A former administrative assistant for Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston has filed a lawsuit in New Mexico claiming the sheriff created a hostile workplace for women. Deborah Garcia provided a copy of her Aug. 28 complaint to the Albuquerque Journal. …

Missouri Bill Would Limit Whistleblower Protections

About a month after Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed changes to Missouri’s workplace discrimination law, Republicans lawmakers are pushing a pair of scaled-back measures that could make it more difficult for workers to seek legal protection for reporting wrongdoing by …

Critics Say Nevada Anti-Bullying Bill Too Subjective

Critics of a bill that would protect against workplace discrimination based on physical appearance told legislators that the anti-bullying components of the measure were too broad and could open the door to frivolous lawsuits against employers. State law currently bars …