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As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s also remember that November is National Family Caregivers Month – a time to recognize and express our appreciation for America’s 40 million family caregivers. They are truly the backbone our care system, helping aging parents, spouses, and other relatives and friends manage chronic conditions and disabilities.
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Great news out of California: A new state law will help nearly 7.5 million workers retire with confidence. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday morning, the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Act (Senate Bill 1234) will give millions of Californians a way to save for their future at work.
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Every new year brings new resolutions — exercise more, eat a healthier balanced diet and maybe even travel to new countries are a few of the common goals individuals set out for themselves when starting a fresh year. For 2016, there is another popular goal on many Americans’ to-do lists — find a new job.
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The U.S. Department of Labor is paving the way for states to sponsor retirement plans for millions of private-sector workers who don’t have such programs on the job.
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As a generation, our millennial children have been the target of name calling: Generation Me, trophy kids, entitled, spoiled, technology addicted, even deluded narcissists. Many of those barbs came from academics and cultural critics.
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Last week, the editor of a newspaper in the Pacific Northwest emailed to check a reference for one of my former students. A position had opened up because the editor had let go a staffer who kept misspelling the names of people in photo captions. In another conversation earlier in the week, the owner of a Maryland consulting company mentioned that she routinely eliminates millennial job candidates when they can’t follow basic directions on a writing test.
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Pa’ Noi manages the neighborhood restaurant that my boyfriend, Joe, and I love here in Thailand, where I’m doing part of my master’s program in gerontology.
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A Labor Day message for boomers and seniors: Flip flops are coming to the workplace whether we like it or not! So predicts Haydn Shaw, author of Sticking Points, a book about the generational clash in the workplace. We might say, flip flops ... no way with my ugly feet! But the reality is that millennials, all 92 million of them vs. 78 million boomers, are rapidly infiltrating the workplace. Not only that, they are increasingly becoming our bosses . A June 2014 CareerBuilder's survey of full-time workers 55 and older found that 77 percent say they work for a younger boss, 40 percent for a boss at least 10 years younger than them.
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A friend who supervises interns recently complained about a young man she gave an assignment to one morning. When she passed his desk a few hours later, he was surfing the Web. His explanation: assignment complete so he was taking a break. Argh!
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In 2011, Wal-Mart was the talk of the nation when a gender discrimination case against the huge discount store chain went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The plaintiffs in the case lost for procedural reasons, not for anything having to do with their discrimination claims. The accusations of gender discrimination have never been disproved, and several of the plaintiffs in the original case have filed new lawsuits.
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