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A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift for American Workers

A Part-Time Life, as Hours Shrink and Shift for American Workers | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Retailers are relying on part-time workers, a trend that has frustrated millions of Americans who want full-time jobs but must instead settle for reduced pay and benefits.

 

SPRING VALLEY, Calif. — Since the Fresh & Easy grocery chain was founded five years ago, it has opened 150 stores in California and positioned itself as a hip, socially responsible company.

 

A cross between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, the company brags that its house brands have no artificial colors or trans fats, that two-thirds of its produce is grown locally and that its main distribution center is powered by a $13 million solar installation.

But in one crucial respect, Fresh & Easy is just like the vast majority of large American retailers: most employees work part-time, with its stores changing many of their workers’ schedules week to week.

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New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry

New Wave of Deft Robots Is Changing Global Industry | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
A new wave of robots is replacing workers in both manufacturing and distribution.

 

By JOHN MARKOFF

 

DRACHTEN, the Netherlands — At the Philips Electronics factory on the coast of China, hundreds of workers use their hands and specialized tools to assemble electric shavers. That is the old way.

 

At a sister factory here in the Dutch countryside, 128 robot arms do the same work with yoga-like flexibility. Video cameras guide them through feats well beyond the capability of the most dexterous human.

 

One robot arm endlessly forms three perfect bends in two connector wires and slips them into holes almost too small for the eye to see. The arms work so fast that they must be enclosed in glass cages to prevent the people supervising them from being injured. And they do it all without a coffee break — three shifts a day, 365 days a year.

 

All told, the factory here has several dozen workers per shift, about a tenth as many as the plant in the Chinese city of Zhuhai.

This is the future. A new wave of robots, far more...continued

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Low-Paid Women Want Predictable Hours and Steady Pay

Low-Paid Women Want Predictable Hours and Steady Pay | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
The flawed incentives that guide businesses’ employment practices hurt women at both ends of the labor market.

 

When Flexibility Hurts
By SUSAN J. LAMBERT

 

AT first glance, women at the top and the bottom of the labor market seem to have very different problems.

Professional women at law firms, in academia and in the media complain about the punishing hours — and unceasing streams of e-mail — that make it difficult to make time for their families. At the other extreme, many women in retail, restaurant and health care jobs are underemployed; they’re looking for more hours of work (and ideally, regular hours) to support their families.

 

But both problems share a root cause: the incentives that guide businesses’ employment practices.

 

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Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone

Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Can a software company build its own smartphone? We may well find out soon. This past week, Google completed its acquisition of the hardware maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, which could lead to the search giant's making its own smartphone.

 

But another software titan might be getting into the hardware game as well: Facebook.

 

Employees of Facebook and several engineers who have been sought out by recruiters there, as well as people briefed on Facebook’s plans, say the company hopes to release its own smartphone by next year. These people spoke only on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing their employment or relationships with Facebook.

 

The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said...continued

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Inside Foxconn: Exclusive look at how an iPad is made

Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple's Chinese producer Foxconn....
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Even on $15,000 a Year, Most Young People Buy Smartphones [STUDY]

When a twentysomething’s budget is tight, her smartphone is far from the first expense to go, suggests a new study from Nielsen.

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Fewer young adults hold jobs than ever before

Fewer young adults hold jobs than ever before | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Only 54% of young adults, ages 18 to 24, are employed, the lowest since the government started collecting data in 1948. They've also experienced the steepest drop in weekly earnings during the economic downturn.
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Outsourcing Extends to Creative Work

Outsourcing Extends to Creative Work | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
A music video produced inexpensively in India illustrates the breadth of outsourcing, including specialized skills that were once considered unexportable.
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Immigrant Worker Firings Unsettle Pomona College

Immigrant Worker Firings Unsettle Pomona College | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
At Pomona College, dining hall employees were fired after questions about their residency status, prompting a debate over what it means to be a liberal college.
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Alabama immigration law: Max's Deli owner in spotlight after supporting his legal employees

Alabama immigration law: Max's Deli owner in spotlight after supporting his legal employees | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Max's Delicatessen owner faced calls for a boycott.

 

The owner of Max's Delicatessen in Birmingham became a lightning rod for criticism after speaking out in support of his legal immigrant workers.

Steve Dubrinsky's ordeal began Oct. 12, when he appeared in a Birmingham News story about the impact Alabama's new immigration law was having on the restaurant industry. Dubrinsky was quoted as saying his nine-member kitchen staff, all legal immigrants from Mexico, are considering leaving because of the new law.

 

"They are scared and I can't blame them," he said then. "It is affecting a lot of restaurants. It's a mess."

 

The morning the article ran, Matt Murphy, the host of a conservative talk show on 100.5 FM in Birmingham and some of his guests discussed whether to boycott Max's Deli. Dubrinsky called the show after hearing some callers claim that he employed illegal immigrants to correct them and insist his workers have proper documentation.

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10 Startling Statistics About Alabama's Immigration Law: CAP

10 Startling Statistics About Alabama's Immigration Law: CAP | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Alabama stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's anti-immigration law, a new report finds.

 

Alabama stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's anti-immigration law, a new report finds.

 

Alabama's economy would shrink by $40 million if just 10,000 undocumented immigrants stopped working in the state due to the law out of a total 120,000 undocumented immigrants that live there, according to the Center for American Progress. The state also stands to lose hundreds of millions in tax revenue as undocumented immigrants paid $130 million in taxes to the state in 2010.

 

The law, which was signed in June, makes it a crime to be undocumented in Alabama and requires law enforcement to check the papers of residents they think are undocumented and public schools to check the status of their students. Hispanic residents fled Alabama towns in droves after a federal judge held up most provisions of the law last month, according to The New York Times, and farmers, contractors and home builders complained of labor shortages.

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The Myth of Male Decline

The Myth of Male Decline | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it

By STEPHANIE COONTZ

 

Reports of a matriarchy are exaggerated. In many arenas, the progress of women has stalled.

 

SCROLL through the titles and subtitles of recent books, and you will read that women have become “The Richer Sex,” that “The Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys,” and that we may even be seeing “The End of Men.” Several of the authors of these books posit that we are on the verge of a “new majority of female breadwinners,” where middle-class wives lord over their husbands while demoralized single men take refuge in perpetual adolescence.

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Weighing Apps for an On-Demand Economy

Weighing Apps for an On-Demand Economy | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it

By JENNA WORTHAM

 

New smartphone apps can summon an army of personal assistants to help with daily tasks. But this new on-demand economy is making one user a bit uncomfortable.

 

IN San Francisco recently, I was running late for a meeting, desperate for a ride. But no buses or cabs were in sight.

 

Then I remembered a service called Lyft. I pulled out my smartphone and quickly downloaded the application, which lets regular people act as chauffeurs for a fee. As instructed, I entered my location — then crossed my fingers and waited.

 

Five anxious minutes later, a clean black Audi pulled up, with a chatty young man at the wheel. I jumped in and we made friendly small talk. I gave him advice for his future trip to New York, and he invited me to a party that night in the city. We reached my destination, and I slid out of my seat, transferred $10 to the service through the Lyft app, and walked into my meeting with a smile...continued

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Apple Stores’ Army, Long on Loyalty but Short on Pay

Apple Stores’ Army, Long on Loyalty but Short on Pay | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it

Apple stores are renowned for design, service and revenues.

 

By DAVID SEGAL
Published: June 23, 2012 1197 Comments

 

While consumers tend to think of Apple’s headquarters as the company’s heart and soul, a majority of its workers in the United States are hourly wage earners selling iPhones and MacBooks.

 

Last year, during his best three-month stretch, Jordan Golson sold about $750,000 worth of computers and gadgets at the Apple Store in Salem, N.H. It was a performance that might have called for a bottle of Champagne — if that were a luxury Mr. Golson could have afforded.

 

“I was earning $11.25 an hour,” he said. “Part of me was thinking, ‘This is great. I’m an Apple fan, the store is doing really well.’ But when you look at the amount of money the company is making and then you look at your paycheck, it’s kind of tough.”

America’s love affair with the smartphone has helped create tens of thousands of jobs at places like Best Buy and Verizon Wireless and will this year pump billions into the economy.

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As Men Turn to 'Pink Collar' Jobs, Training Is a Hurdle

As Men Turn to 'Pink Collar' Jobs, Training Is a Hurdle | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it

Since 2000, men have increasingly entered occupations dominated by women, but with the onset of the recession they did so particularly in jobs with lower training requirements...

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This Company's Office Is So Advanced, The Walls Talk And No One Has Regular Phones

This Company's Office Is So Advanced, The Walls Talk And No One Has Regular Phones | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Meet Eagle Investment Systems' high performance workforce.

 

Most companies are stuck in the dark ages when it comes to workforce tech. They think letting their workers use their own iPads to send corporate e-mails is cutting edge.
Pshaw.
Want to see what tomorrow's "social enterprise" looks like? Take a peek at Eagle Investment Systems. They call it the "high performance workforce."
Their use of tech is so inspired, they literally turned the walls of their...continued

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-eagle-investment-systems-high-performance-workforce-2012-3#ixzz1r0Ha29sX ;

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International Partnership Rubric

International Partnership Rubric | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Global non-profit organization. The leading force in forging closer ties between Asia and the West through arts, education, policy and business outreach.
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Leading Experts Put Forward More than a Dozen Job-Creating Ideas

Leading Experts Put Forward More than a Dozen Job-Creating Ideas

City and state governments could add more than a million new jobs to the economy and restore prosperity to communities across the country by using a set of 13 innovative ideas advanced by experts and economists. Unveiled in November by the Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, with the support of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the ideas were presented in a policy brief offering “Big Ideas for Jobs” at the gathering sponsored by the University of California’s Washington Center.

The ideas in the brief — contributed by university professors, think tank researchers, and practitioners from nonprofits — range from tax breaks for the self-employed to infrastructure projects financed with private investment. They include turning waste into jobs, attracting new industries to deserted plants, and trimming hours for all workers rather than laying off some.

“Cities and states are uniquely positioned to pursue many of these options and, in most cases, can create jobs more quickly than the federal government,” said Robert P. Giloth, Annie E. Casey Foundation vice president and head of its Center for Community and Economic Opportunity. “On top of that, these ideas can help bring low-skilled workers into the economic mainstream.”

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Rules Revised for H-2B Guest Worker Program

Rules Revised for H-2B Guest Worker Program | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Officials said changes to the H-2B program would add protections for foreign temporary workers and also spur recruitment of Americans.

 

By JULIA PRESTON
Published: February 10, 2012

 

The Labor Department on Friday unveiled rules that reshape a program for foreign migrants in work other than agriculture, which officials said would strengthen protections for those workers and also spur recruitment of Americans for such jobs. It was the latest move in a protracted battle between employers and the Obama administration over the nation’s temporary guest workers.

 

The extensive rules — 575 pages long — make important changes across the program, which is known as H-2B. The changes were hailed by advocates for guest workers, who said they would make it more difficult for businesses to exploit vulnerable foreign migrants and hire them to undercut Americans...continued...

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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama billions of dollars

Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama billions of dollars | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
The report by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama would cause 70,000 to 140,000 illegal immigrants to lose jobs and would cost about $1.2 billion to $5.8 billion in the earnings of those immigrants as well as...

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A study released Tuesday says Alabama's new immigration law — which is called the toughest in the country — will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave, lost tax income and related costs.

 

The report by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama would cause 70,000 to 140,000 illegal immigrants to lose jobs and would cost about $1.2 billion to $5.8 billion in the earnings of those immigrants as well as $56.7 million to $264.5 million in lost state income taxes and sales taxes.

 

"The cost is quite certain," said the center's director, Sam Addy. "It's simple economics. If you have more people you have a bigger economy, less people a smaller economy."

 

A sponsor of the immigration bill, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur, disputed the report.

"It's clear the study overestimates the negative and underestimates the positive to skew the result toward an agenda. If 40,000 illegal workers leave the state, they free up jobs that homegrown Alabamians are happy to have," he said...continued...

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Alabama immigration law has denied some their basic human rights, report says (gallery)

Alabama immigration law has denied some their basic human rights, report says (gallery) | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
"The initial human impact has been devastating, though the full consequences remain unknown," stated the report issued by Human Rights Watch.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama's immigration law has led to illegal immigrants around the state having their basic rights denied and should be repealed, a human rights group contends in a report being issued today.


"The initial human impact has been devastating, though the full consequences remain unknown," stated the report, "No Way To Live: Alabama's Immigrant Law," issued by Human Rights Watch.

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Alabama immigration law deterring investors - The Washington Post

Alabama immigration law deterring investors - The Washington Post | The Future World of Work | Scoop.it
Some local officials in Alabama are worried that the state's tough new immigration law has turned off foreign investors from bringing business -- and jobs -- to cities that desperately need them. (Dec.
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