The idea of a four-day workweek is gaining steam in Europe, with trade unions, some academics and left-leaning politicians strongly advocating the change. Part of the argument in favor of a four-day workweek is it boosts morale and gives businesses a competitive edge in finding workers.The outcome of experiments so far has been mixed — some companies have said it increased productivity, while others said it added to stress and companies not being able to keep up with work.Question: Could a four-day workweek be successful in the United States?Phil Blair, Manpower YES: When employers such as ours offers four-day/ 10-hour days, it is an excellent benefit for employees to help them balance two-career families with children. It is unreasonable to expect employees to get their work done in a 32-hour week for the same pay if it now takes 40 hours. If they can, then either the employees will stress and burn themselves out or the company is over-staffed and employees are stretching their … [Read more...] about Econometer: Time for a four-day workweek?
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A California State University campus police officer regularly took time to sleep, lie down and not work while on duty for two years, according to a state audit released Tuesday.The employee’s naps wasted some $20,000 in taxpayer money.Executives at the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration and the former State Board of Equalization allowed 25 managers and supervisors to report inaccurate leave time. As a result, the departments overpaid employees by at least $72,000, and it’s estimated that extra payments made to similar employees throughout both agencies total more than $500,000.These are just a few examples of waste, fraud and abuse the California State Auditor’s Office summarized in its regular, six-month report on “alleged improper governmental activities.” As part of the California Whistleblower Protection Act, the state auditor received nearly 1,100 tips through its website, the whistleblower hotline, mail, fax or in person visits from … [Read more...] about California State University officer took regular naps on the job, state audit finds
Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press Updated 10:21 pm PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses various issues during an interview with The Associated Press, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra, California’s top prosecutor, has been among the most aggressive of the Democratic state attorneys general who have fought President Donald Trump in court. Becerra said he looks to defend issues he championed as a 12-term Congressman and listens to what the president says to prepare for future litigation. less FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses various issues during an interview with The Associated Press, in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra, California’s top ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP … [Read more...] about California’s top lawyer offers look inside Trump offensive
Martha Irvine Associated Press Published 10:39 AM EST Dec 26, 2018 Bellevue, Wash. – The young men sit in chairs in a circle in a small meeting room in suburban Seattle and introduce themselves before they speak. It is much like any other 12-step meeting – but with a twist. “Hi, my name is,” each begins. Then something like, “and I’m an internet and tech addict.” The eight who’ve gathered here are beset by a level of tech obsession that’s different than it is for those of us who like to say we’re addicted to our phones or an app or some new show on a streaming video service. For them, tech gets in the way of daily functioning and self-care. We’re talking flunk-your-classes, can’t-find-a-job, live-in-a-dark-hole kinds of problems, with depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal thoughts part of the mix. There’s Christian, a 20-year-old college student from Wyoming who has a traumatic brain injury. His … [Read more...] about A ‘tech addict’ who works in the tech industry
Martha Irvine, Ap National Writer Updated 7:11 am PST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Robel, an 18-year-old tech addict from California, leaves a barn after helping feed animals at the Rise Up Ranch outside rural Carnation, Wash. The ranch is a starting point for clients like Robel who come to reSTART Life, a residential program for adolescents and adults who have serious issues with excessive tech use, including video games. The organization, which began about a decade ago, also is adding outpatient services due to high demand. less In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Robel, an 18-year-old tech addict from California, leaves a barn after helping feed animals at the Rise Up Ranch outside rural Carnation, Wash. The ranch is a starting ... more Photo: Martha Irvine, AP … [Read more...] about He’s a ‘tech addict’ who works in the tech industry