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An attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login details has been blocked by Congress.
A last minute alteration to the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) that would have prevented employers demanding that prospective employees disclose social media passwords as a condition of employment was voted down in the house of representatives. The proposal, put forward by Democrat
Invasion of privacy? An amendment to a new US bill on cyber attacks aimed at preventing employers asking prospective employees for their Facebook login has been rejected
Handing over passwords could legally be a condition of acquiring or keeping a job, said WebProNews.
Perlmutter said of his amendment before it was defeated: 'It helps the individual protect his right to privacy and it doesn't allow the employer to impersonate that particular employee when other people are interacting with that person across social media platforms.
Full Story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2313367/CISPA-Amendment-US-cyber-attack-law-banning-employers-asking-Facebook-passwords-blocked.html#ixzz2RRGYQiwaAn attempt to ban US bosses from asking employees to hand over their Facebook login... more
Supreme Court Upholds Individual Mandate! Obama Moves Quickly To Introduce Legislation Requiring Americans To Purchase, Prepare, and Consume BroccoliReally. Broccoli.
By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In an appearance in New Hampshire on Monday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney reminded voters that he has “personal experience” in hiring undocumented immigrants.
And if that weren’t strange enough, Romney then immediately suggested that he wonders about immigration status every time he hears someone speaking with “an accent.”
“The first priority: get the fence built,” he said, responding to a woman’s question about immigration policy. “At the same time, have an employment verification system so that we know who’s here legally and who’s not here legally. I have personal experience with this. You don’t know who is here legally. You don’t have a way of telling. If someone comes and they, they speak with an accent, you say, ‘Well, are you here legally or illegally?’ And they tell ya — well, how do you know?
“So, I want an employment verification system with a card where it indicates if they’re here legally, if they’re here illegally, what their work status is so you can hire them. If they’re not here legally, you know you don’t hire them. And we need to have that kind of system or we don’t know who’s here legally or not. So, those are the first few things.”
One key problem with Romney’s answer: his handlers probably don’t want him reminding voters that he had a team of undocumented immigrant workers taking care of his lawn for over a year, even after a reporter notified him of their status.
It took two visits by The Boston Globe before Romney decided to fire his former landscaping company — a misstep that has haunted him on the campaign trail.
But Romney’s “personal experience” in paying undocumented immigrants didn’t stop there.
When Romney was CEO of Bain Capital, a venture firm best known for buying up large businesses, selling off their most valuable assets and firing all their workers, he found his company paying illegal workers at a subsidiary in Providence, Rhode Island. Bain-owned Waters Corps. had been employing the services of Aid-Maintenance Co. for cleaning services — and Aid-Maintenance Co. had a long history of hiring undocumented immigrants.
Luckily for Romney, Bain did not own Aid-Maintenance Co., it was merely paying them. Much like his scrape with The Boston Globe, in this case too he claims ignorance, even though the CEO of Aid-Maintenance Co. was fined over $130,000 in the years before he accepted a contract with the Bain-owned firm.
Another basic issue with Romney’s response: the program he proposed already exists.
It’s called E-Verify, and it works by cross-referencing the Social Security and Homeland Security databases for basic employment information workers are required to submit before they can be put on payroll. The system serves the dual purpose of validating an individual’s citizenship and eligibility to work if they’re not a citizen, meaning there is already a card that signifies one’s legal work status.
If an employer doesn’t use that, then they’re probably not interested in knowing their employees’ citizenship status and could be held accountable by the federal government for hiring ineligible workers. First time offenders can be fined up to $2,000 per worker, and the fee doubles on second offense.
If Romney did know of this program and is actually calling for another one that’s similar or larger, it’s not clear what that might be. Either he’s proposing that the federal government begin issuing special identification cards to each citizen qualifying them to work in the U.S., or he’s proposing a federal mandate to the states, which would seem to go against his closely held views on states’ rights.
Problem is, Romney doesn’t elaborate on his official campaign website, and the only mentions of immigration to be found on his “jobs” page are references to “human capital” and the importance of attracting immigrants with advanced degrees. The only other mention of immigration, in his foreign policy plan, simply states that Romney would build a border fence and use the military in tandem with Mexican troops to escalate prosecution of the U.S. drug war.
This video was published to YouTube on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012.
"Yeah, I hear the same Bull Sh*t at work... We have three of them and as far as the owner will tell you: "I am an employer... Not an Investigator" I say Total BS!!!!"By Stephen C. Webster Tuesday, January 10, 2012 In an appearance in New Hampshire... more
So they make this bill, it's tough, it will give you a $10,000 fine and 2 years in prison if you willingly hire and illegal. Well unless your rich and hire an illegal gardener, maid or other houseworker.So they make this bill, it's tough, it will give you a $10,000 fine and 2 years... more
When it comes to lunch time, there are several different issues surrounding the time of day for workers, especially as most employers decide that lunch should be the employee’s responsibility. Although that is true in many cases, there are some cases in which an employer should foot the lunch bill. Why?
Link : http://www.jobsearchengines.net/blog/2011/10-reasons-employers-should-pay-for-lunches/When it comes to lunch time, there are several different issues surrounding the time... more
The government is expected to report Friday that businesses stepped up hiring in December, a trend likely to gain momentum in 2011.
Economists are predicting that employers added a net total of 145,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate dipped to 9.7 percent.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/ap/Business/77570The government is expected to report Friday that businesses stepped up hiring in... more
Countless employers are now facing the problem of dealing with twenty three working days without key employees come 2012. The deadline to volunteer for the Olympics is the 27th of October, 2010. The London 2012 Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) have stated that 70,000 voluntary positions need to be filled, but more than 100,000 people have already applied. The voluntary roles consist of general and specialised positions, from desk staff, events stewards and drivers. Volunteers must work for a minimum of 10 days for the Games, and 20 for the Paralympic Games. Training is also mandatory for all participants.
There are also a further 8000 positions to be filled for the role of “London Ambassadors”, which would involve helping the vastly overstated and questionable increase of tourists and visitors in 2012 find their way around the city.
http://www.spectacle.co.uk/spectacleblog/olympics-2012/50000-promised-olympic-jobs-becomes-70000-unpaid-mcvolunteers/Countless employers are now facing the problem of dealing with twenty three working... more
The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has warned that the 2012 Olympic games would be harmful to Britain’s tourism industry. The ETOA has published research from cities who previously hosted the Olympic Games, which shows it has a “profoundly disruptive” effect on local tourism. They describe the official estimates for the number of visitors as “exaggerated”. The association warned: “Normal tourist businesses suffer during the Games period . . . The region around the Games can suffer more than the host city . . . The impression that everything will be overcrowded and overpriced blights a region . . . [and] these difficulties are exacerbated by exaggerated claims of the benefits derived from the Games.”
Meanwhile Boris Johnson is drumming up a further 8000 voluntary positions for the role of “London Ambassadors”, which would involve helping the vast increase of tourists and visitors in 2012 to find their way around the city. So no paid tourism jobs there.
http://www.spectacle.co.uk/spectacleblog/olympics-2012/etoa-claims-2012-games-bad-for-tourism/The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has warned that the 2012 Olympic games... more
Listen up, gals: Job interviewers want to see your CV, not your C cups.
According to a new survey from British retailer TK Maxx, wearing a tight top, flashing too much cleavage, and donning a black bra under a white shirt were the biggest style no-nos for job applicants, the Daily Mail reports.
In other words, keep that whole "Working Girl"-style "mind for business, body for sin" mantra on the DL.
The poll of 2,000 employers also found that for men, wrinkled shirts, high-waisted pants (recently deemed one of the biggest fashion mistakes), and silly ties were career suicide, according to the paper.
A third of bosses reportedly claimed that they know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone, while 65 percent of bosses said clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.
http://www.stylelist.com/2010/08/30/cleavage-inappropriate-job-interview-clothing/Listen up, gals: Job interviewers want to see your CV, not your C cups. According... more
Say it with love,.....but say it with a white-board
( funny as hell )
Philip DeFranco Loves You
--"We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl. Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) – we’re working our contact for Jenny’s last name. Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we’re told. Awesome doesn’t begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details".
http://phillyd.tv/index.php/2010/08/10/bamf-of-the-day/Say it with love,.....but say it with a white-board ( funny as hell ) Philip... more
Still working hard, and lovin it. Trevor turns out to be one hard employee
13 year old Trevor finds out that working for a living is hard and dirty. To get ahead in life, you have to work HARD!13 year old Trevor finds out that working for a living is hard and dirty. To get ahead... more
There's 70 graduates going for every job, according to depressing new figures released today.
New graduates in September will not only competing against uni leavers in their own year, they're also up against last year's job seekers, as a poll of employers reveals the number of applications for each vacancy has jumped to almost 70, while the number of available jobs has dropped by nearly 7%.
At the same time last year, there were 48 jobs for every vacancy.
The figures come from a poll of 200 employers including Cadbury, M&S, JP Morgan and Vodafone.
Their answers don't paint a positive picture for a large number of graduates. Nearly 78% of employers are insisting on a 2.1 degree, seeing a 2.2 as marginal and a third as grounds for completely ruling out a candidate.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/nearly-70-graduates-for-every-job-vacancy-2019168.htmlThere's 70 graduates going for every job, according to depressing new figures... more
Kan. lawyer is architect of many immigration laws
TOPEKA, Kan. —
When politicians and police across the country want to crack down on illegal immigration, they often reach out to the same man: a little-known Kansas attorney with an Ivy League education who is the architect behind many of the nation's most controversial immigration laws.
Kris Kobach could not attend West Point because of diabetes, but he regards his efforts on immigration as a substitute for military service.
"They can't call him trailer park trash, which is the kind of comment you hear about advocates on our side," said Michael Hethmon, director of the Washington-based Immigration Reform Law Institute.
Kobach helps draft proposed laws and, after they are adopted, trains officers to enforce them. If the laws are challenged, he goes to court to defend them.
His most recent project was advising Arizona officials on a new law that empowers police to question anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. Critics say it violates the Constitution's provisions against unreasonable search and seizure by allowing police to engage in racial profiling.
But Kobach insists an officer stopping a crowded van for a traffic violation has a reasonable suspicion its occupants are illegal immigrants if none of them has an ID, the van is traveling a known smuggling route and the driver is evasive.
"I could not care less whether they come from Mexico or Germany or Japan or China," said Kobach, who speaks with the affable air of a college professor, even when making cutting political remarks. "An alien who also is here with terrorist intentions can carry any passport. This isn't about race or national origin."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/media/ALeqM5ggLncg4JD-WxEoAy4tOQbCC4NBhQ?size=lKan. lawyer is architect of many immigration laws TOPEKA, Kan. — When... more
Here's a few million reasons why I love writing at ScienceBlogs -- reasons that I am sure you (and your employer) can easily appreciate!Here's a few million reasons why I love writing at ScienceBlogs -- reasons that I... more
A new survey revealed that a majority of “big employers plan to shift a larger share of health-care costs to their workers next year,” reports David S. Hilzenrath from The Washington Post. The survey found that 56 percent of employers plan to make their employees pay more of the costs next year. A lot of companies say they might “charge more to cover spouses, tighten eligibility standards for their health plans and dispense financial rewards or penalties based on the results of certain lab tests,” states Hilzenrath. Some companies even say that overweight employees might be excluded from the most desirable plans.A new survey revealed that a majority of “big employers plan to shift a larger... more
Wyoming illegal immigration cases triple-
A third of Wyoming's federal prosecutions last year involved people who illegally immigrated here from Mexico or Central America.
CHEYENNE - Illegal immigration re-entry cases tripled in Wyoming from 2008 to last year and increased nearly tenfold from a decade ago.
Illegal immigration accounted for a third of federal prosecutions in Wyoming in 2009, a year in which there were more criminal cases in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming than in the past decade.
Many of the illegal immigration cases come out of Teton County, those involved with the federal system said.
The majority of cases involved Mexican nationals who are found working in a gamut of jobs, a federal public defender said.
Some are involved in criminal activity, while others have lived in the United States for 15 years and have families.
And while economics plays a role in Wyoming's situation and possibly a national trend, additional immigration enforcement staff at local offices could account greatly for the increase.
How the system works
Carl Rusnok, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, called re-entry a serious offense.
"If they had originally been deported because they committed an aggravated felony, the prosecution of their re-entry can be up to 20 years in prison," Rusnok said.
There are several programs that ICE, an agency that falls under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, uses to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Through these programs, and local law enforcement agencies running suspects through ICE databases, agents can find illegal immigrants and present cases for prosecution.
"Any means that we have of encountering aliens that are illegally in the country, we can, using our databases, identify those people who have already been deported, and then we can present those cases for prosecution," Rusnok said.
Massive firings in Brewster, and a big debate about illegal immigration
Obama shift to audits
What happened at Gebbers reflects a change in strategy under President Obama's administration, which is shifting ICE's focus away from targeting illegal immigrants and instead focusing on those who hire them.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors tougher enforcement, sees Obama scaling back efforts to crack down on illegal immigration by emphasizing audits instead of workplace raids.
Immigrant-rights advocates call audits the more humane of the two approaches.
"This is not to say this new approach does not create hardship," says Matt Adams, legal adviser for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle. "But I think if the government is going to enforce the laws that are on the books, they should be given credit for doing it in a way that is not tearing families apart."
Thirty-three Washington companies were audited last year, and ICE spokeswoman Dankers says employers can expect more to come.
"We know that changing the behavior of employers to ensure they hire a legal work force doesn't happen overnight," she says. "We want employers to know that regardless of size and industry or your location and the type of business you have, the federal government expects these businesses to comply with the law."
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011069760_brewster14.htmlWyoming illegal immigration cases triple- A third of Wyoming's federal... more
American employers eliminated 4.2 million jobs in 2009 and sent unemployment soaring into double digits for the first time in more than a quarter century.
Since the fall of last year, the official jobless rate has been over ten percent, while the unofficial rate (taking in the severely underemployed and those who have given up looking) has been over 17 percent.
And, despite the ridiculous "green-shoots" speculation of the Obama administration and overblown "recovery" fantasies of the financial media that has blown every major economic story of recent years, the situation is getting worse.American employers eliminated 4.2 million jobs in 2009 and sent unemployment soaring... more