Latest Workplace culture News

Bill aims to protect pregnant workers from discrimination

May. 23, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could provide further protections for pregnant workers from discrimination in the workplace when their employers fail to accommodate them. Democratic Rep. Anne Carney's bill is set for a work session before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee Thursday. Maine law currently says...

How to create a good culture for your small business

May. 22, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While the culture or atmosphere at any business can be critical to attracting and retaining top workers, it needs to be a focus for small business owners who can't offer the kind of salary and benefits that bigger companies do. Many owners are busy with customers, vendors and finances, and...

Small business cultures need to evolve along with work force

May. 22, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Meloney Perry once worked at a traditional big law firm with a formal, corporate atmosphere, and knew she wanted a different culture at her own firm. "I learned the 'old school' way, but it's changed," says Perry, founder of Perry Law in Dallas. "Nowadays, with the employees coming in...

Judge lowers $1.8 million award to former probation employee

May. 21, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has reduced a $1.8 million award given to a former Idaho Department of Correction employee who sued over a hostile work environment because it exceeds the maximum amount allowed under federal law. U.S. District Judge David Nye made the ruling Tuesday, dropping the award...

Appellate court rules 'Borgata Babes' case can go to trial

May. 21, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A state appellate court says five cocktail waitresses who sued an Atlantic City casino for gender bias and a hostile work environment can take their case to trial. The woman initially sued the Borgata casino in 2008, claiming the dress code for the "Borgata Babes" created a...

Las Vegas commuters, festivalgoers to make for high traffic

May. 20, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New carpool lanes on one of the Las Vegas area's busiest freeways are debuting as throngs of people depart the Electric Daisy Carnival. Nevada transportation officials are expecting greater traffic jams Monday morning on Interstate 15 with the combination of festivalgoers and commuters....

Michigan agency aims to reduce stress among prison guards

May. 18, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. Department Director Heidi Washington recently told the Senate Oversight Committee and a subcommittee on justice and public safety that the agency hired a mental...

The Latest: Students alerted staff before gunman found

May. 17, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of an armed person at a Portland, Oregon high school (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Officials at a Portland, Oregon, high school say two students informed a staff member of concerning behavior by another student before a school coach and security guard found him...

Gov. Baker urges UMass graduates to pursue a purpose in life

May. 10, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging the graduating class of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to find a purpose in life and pursue it — whether that is marriage, friendship, work, community service or play. Baker said Friday that the pursuit of happiness is fleeting and misses the...

California audit finds thousands in improper state payments

May. 7, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Department of Transportation manager commuted some 450 miles (724 kilometers) to work — from San Diego to Sacramento — for two years and the state paid for it, according to an audit released Tuesday. A state hospital administrator also racked up tens of...