Career Calling

November 30, 2014

Is Slavery Making a Comeback?

Deadspin has linked to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, which has conducted an investigation on a church that uses its flock as indentured servants. According to the report, New Beginnings takes in homeless people and addicts, confiscates their government aid, and makes them work at menial jobs for their keep. Some of their assignments include working concessions for local pro sports teams. The NFL, MLB, and NHL are not directly involved, but these organizations and team owners need to look into this matter. I’ve written before about wage theft, which is horrible. At least those employees are free to work at another job. In this case, it seems that an alleged church has ignored both legal and moral condemnations of such behavior.

November 12, 2014

Don’t Sign Away Your Rights

 

A client recently told me a story that I needed to share. She works for a company with multiple locations in the Chicago area. Her location is closing. The company gave all employees at that location a letter with two options: I will consider a new position with the company, or I will voluntarily sever relations with the company. My client was thinking about leaving the company anyway, but a friend in HR warned her that saying she was voluntarily leaving the company would prevent her from getting unemployment. If an employee applies for unemployment, the company would use this letter to say the employee was not laid off.

If your company is closing, beware of signing anything that would prevent you from receiving unemployment benefits. Similarly, if your company offers any kind of compensation related to a layoff or termination, read the agreement carefully. These agreements often limit your ability to take action against the employer. Some may also say that you agree not to file for unemployment. We are often angry or confused when we are laid off or fired. Be careful about letting your emotions lead you down the wrong road. Read carefully before you sign anything.

November 1, 2014

Outsourcing and Elections

 

Daily Kos is reporting on candidates for governor in Massachusetts and Georgia who have been responsible for outsourcing jobs from the U.S. to countries with lower wages. To be fair, some corporate leaders who are Democrats have also outsourced jobs. When we go to the polls, we as working people need to ask what politicians are doing to help us. Outsourcing has been very good to the investor class. We need politicians who will do what is best for working people.

I voted early last week. Whatever your political beliefs, I urge you to vote on Tuesday.