Technology is at the heart of everything we do. But as mechanical, electrical and computational systems have become increasingly complex, the control of everyday life is increasingly in the hands of those that build it—the engineers.
Lyft has offered to settle a case against its California drivers for a sum of $27 million. The money would allow the company to keep its drivers as contractors, rather than making them employees.
Last month, Uber settled two class-action lawsuits for $84 million to keep its California and Massachusetts drivers as contractors. Now, court papers reveal that the ride-hailing company could owe those workers as much as $750 million more if they were classified as employees.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion rejecting the government’s attempt to hold an employee criminally liable under the federal hacking statute—the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”)—for violating his employer-imposed computer use restrictions.
Pour one out for home cleaning startup Homejoy, one of the first big casualties of the brewing fight between workers and “gig economy” apps like Uber and Taskrabbit.
An empty hotel that's symbolic of Vegas's bust. A parking app that's about to turn San Francisco into one big $20/hour parking lot. And why it's really, really important that you spend your formative years working at a Dairy Queen. Let's look at What's Ruining Our Cities.
Labor markets, and the jobs within them, are constantly re-inventing themselves. And sometimes they leave behind curious relics, including the period of time when companies were hiring Chief Electricity Officers.
A 1986 World Future Society report predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs in the U.S. by the year 2010, thanks to increased automation. The report even had a name for the millions of unemployed. They were called MADMUPS: Middle Aged Downwardly Mobile Underemployed Professionals.
It's pretty common knowledge that the U.S. isn't producing enough mathematicians, scientists and engineers to support demand in "STEM" fields. And reports come and go that other countries are facing similar shortages. But like all things that are definitely true, it's actually pretty complicated to prove that the…
Late last year, Microsoft booted out booted out its head of Windows, Steve Sinofsky. Now, a few more details have come out about his departure—including who Microsoft have banned him from working for.
Ever since Google acquired Motorola Mobility it's been making cuts—but sadly it's still having to lay people off. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is getting rid of a further 10 percent of Moto's staff.
While the rest of the US struggles out of the mire of recession, Silicon Valley is skipping towards a rosy sunset and cashing its generous pay checks. More so than ever, in fact—because a report suggests job growth in the Valley now matches the dot-com boom era. Uh, yay?
On a visit to Standard Motor Products' fuel-injector assembly line in South Carolina, Atlantic writer Adam Davidson asked why a worker there, Maddie, was welding caps onto the injectors herself. Why not use a machine? That's how a lot of the factory's other tasks were performed. Maddie's supervisor, Tony, had a…
In 2011, Dunkin' Donuts teamed up with CareerBuilder to shed some light on U.S. coffee consumption in the workplace. After polling 4,700 American workers, they concluded that "some professionals need coffee more than others."
Online job boards and application hosting platforms have made seeking employment as easy and painless as such a thing can be. No longer is it necessary to pound the pavement, a fat pile of resumes tucked under one sweaty, unemployed arm. Now, submitting your resume for review can be done from the comfort of your own…
Is this the future of office work? In order to keep employees out of traffic during the London Olympics, one London company is asking employees to sleep in space pods to keep business running during the games.
It's extremely common to look around at your peers who earn more than you do and bemoan your lack of personal income. But, according to a new study, that could be a good thing; a little salary envy could in fact make you a happier person.
While self-confidence is definitely a route to job interview success, it's often suggested that outright arrogance and narcissism is a real turn-off for employers. But a new study suggests that's not the case: interview performance doesn't depend on how much the interviewer likes you in the slightest, but just how…
This week, Facebook user protection legislation passed through the US House of Representatives. It was planned to prevent employers demanding Facebook sign-in details from their workers—but it got shot down in flames.
Last week Facebook responded to recent reports of employers asking prospective employees for their passwords. Now, US senators Chuck Schumer and Richard Blumenthal have both requested Attorney General Eric Holder investigates the problem.