Ronald Reagan was so indelibly type-cast as the 'great loser' in films that when Jack Warner, movie magnate and his longtime employer, was first apprised of the actor's ambition to run for Governor of California, he protested: "No, Jimmy Stewart for Governor. Ronald Reagan for Best Friend." content.time.com/time/mag…
Hospital staff were stunned when Bill Gates made an unexpected visit in 2010 to the death bed of Dr. Ed Roberts, his first employer and developer of the first commercially successful personal computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
The Bose Corporation’s majority owner is MIT. In 2011, the company’s founder, Amar Bose donated the majority of his shares to the university which was his former employer and alma mater. An annual cash dividend is paid out to β€œadvance the research and education mission of MIT”. news.mit.edu/2011/bose-gi…
Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act, an employer cannot prohibit their employees from discussing their salary or wage levels with one another. nlrb.gov/guidance/key-ref…
Most employers (90%) factor a job candidate’s social media accounts into their hiring decisions, and 79% have rejected a candidate based on their social media content. themanifest.com/digital-m…
Spoonerisms are named after Reverend William Archibald Spooner who once mistakenly said "The weight of rages will press hard upon the employer" (instead of "rate of wages"). There are also are kniferisms and forkerisms where the internal vowels are switched "police removed a hypodeemic nerdle" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
The largest employer of musicians in the world is the US Army bands.army.mil/careers/
Your employer's match to your 401(k)/403(b)/457/TSP does not count toward the maximum contribution of $19,500. investopedia.com/ask/answ…
Grizzly Adams, the man upon whose life they based the tv and movie series, had his career ended when he received severe back and spine injuries from a Bengal tiger he was attempting to train for his employers. He went on to be a cobbler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The United States Postal Service is the single largest employer of veterans (22% of the postal workforce) and nearly a third of the veterans are disabled. money.cnn.com/2011/09/06/…
:Circa 1917-28, clock dial painters (mostly women) were told to lick the brushes to get a fine point --and told the night-glow paint was harmless. However, radioactive radium made it luminous! Later, when sued, some employers tried to discredit workers by blaming the cancer & jaw rot on syphilis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
The original reason why umbrella handles are curved is to make it easier for servants to hold the umbrella at an angle to shield their employer gentlemansgazette.com/umb…
There is a law in California that if you work for an employer that has more than 50 employees and provides subsidized parking you can opt out of your space for the cash equivalent. A 1992 study showed this cash equivilant ranged from $36/mo to $165/mo pre-tax. ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/…
In 2013 a New Jersey man used an illegal GPS jammer on his pick-up, blocking his location from his employer. Unfortunately, it also disrupted a ground based aircraft position system at Newark Int., as he often drove near the airport. He was fined by the FCC almost $32,000 and fired from his job. nj.com/news/2013/08/man_f…
26 states in the U.S. do not require employers to provide meal or rest breaks to their employees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
In 1849 Sarah Thomas aged 17 became the last teenage girl to be hanged in Britain. Found guilty of killing her employer, Sarah was dragged screaming and crying to the gallows pleading for her life. So distressing was the scene that the prison governor even fainted. capitalpunishmentuk.org/t…
The train schedule in Tokyo is so reliable that if they run more than 5 minutes late, they issue a note to passengers to prove to their employers that it was the train's fault they were late to work bbc.com/news/world-asia-4…
Gerhard Schrader was a chemist tasked to create new insecticides. He created Preparation 9/91 which killed insects, but also caused diarrhea, vomiting, and death. His employers stated he had failed. He then alerted the Nazis and was hired. He was paid $20,000 and soon developed Sarin gas. cen.acs.org/articles/94/i…
Richard the Lionheart knighted his cook after one particularly memorable feast. Richard made him β€˜lord of the fief of the kitchen of the counts of Poitou’. In those days of little hygiene, the cook was an important member of a noble household because his mistakes could kill his employer. historyextra.com/period/m…
Remote Workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts, according to 59% of employers. tsheets.com/resources/rem…
In 1999, the mummified remains of a pregnant Hispanic woman were found in a drum in the crawl space of a house in NY. She was identified as Reyna MarroquΓ­n, a woman who’d vanished in 1969. She’d had an affair with her employer. He killed himself before police could properly question him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
In 1567, a cook was caught stealing silverware from his employer and was sentenced to be hanged. In lieu of this, he agreed to be poisoned to test the effects of bezoars (stones that were thought to cure poisons) and go free if he survived. He died in agony 7 hours after being poisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
You were more likely to get a job if you had smallpox scars in the 18th century. The scars proved that you already had smallpox and could not pass it on to your employers. comedy.co.uk/tv/qi/episod…
Today I learned of Seafarer Abandonment. Sailors and the ship they're on can be completely abandoned by their employers in a foreign port, with no wages, way home, fuel or even food or water. Sometimes they can even be detained by the country they're abandoned in. seafarersrights.org/sri-r…
Two nuns teaching at a California Elementary School embezzled approximately $500,000 from their employer over a ten year period to fund their trips and casino visits. No charges are being pursued. tampabay.com/nation-world…
JH Kellog, inventor of granola, was estranged from his brother WK Kellogg. JH wrote a letter seeking to reopen the relationship. His secretary decided her employer had demeaned himself in it and refused to send it. The younger Kellogg did not see it until after his brother's death fee.org/articles/will-kel…
The Fair Labor Standards Act was originally drafted in 1932 by Senator Hugo Black, whose proposal to require employers to adopt a thirty-hour workweek met fierce resistance (the Act later standardized the 40 hour work week) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fai…
After losing a son to drug-related suicide, Carroll O'Connor publicly outed his son's dealer, and pushed for a law allowing families and employers to sue drug dealers to recover losses and costs of drug treatment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
During the summer of 2013, in Sweden, some male train drivers chose to wear skirts to work in order to revolt against a ban on shorts that their employers had put into place. The company wanted its drivers to look "decent and proper" and believed they couldn't do so in shorts. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Today I learned of Archibald Hall who was a thief and serial killer active while working for the British aristocracy, stealing and killing several of his employers and fellow house staff. So yes, the butler did it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
One of the few places where Africans could work and be treated as equals to whites during the 1800s was aboard whaling ships. The whaling business was the largest employer of African Americans seamen on the United States West Coast until it ended shortly before World War I. nps.gov/safr/learn/histor…
In 2013 a woman sued her former employer after being fired for "gossping" in a gossip free workplace. Ironically, she had been complaining about her employers hiring/firing habits. She won publish.illinois.edu/illi…
The third largest private employer in the world is the security company, G4S, with operations in more than 90 countries. One of its contracts is to secure the perimeter for Homey Airport (aka Area 51). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G4S
In the 1960's, The Catholic Church in Malta declared that voting for the Labour Party was a mortal sin, and voters were refused absolution, last rites and burial in sacred grounds, and sometimes were refused by employers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
In Australia, under federal law it is not illegal for employers to discriminate based on religionβ€”while it is illegal to discriminate based on race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. humanrights.gov.au/quick-…
Today I learned about Kevin Lee Co, who stole $4.8m from his employer and spent $1m of it on Game Of War, mostly on multiple $52 crates of gold (bbc.com) bbc.com/news/technology-3…
In 2012 the UK began automatically enrolled workers into employer based pension plans. In the following 6 years, enrollment increased 4 fold, with 9 out of 10 people staying in the scheme uk.finance.yahoo.com/news…
Samoa never had a December 30, 2011 because they moved from the eastern side of the international dateline to the western side on December 29, therefore skipping a day. Employers were still required to pay their staff for December 30 even though it never existed. abc.net.au/news/2011-12-3…
There's a law in California that prohibits employers from asking job candidates about their previous salaries and requires the hiring company to give a salary range if asked. sfgate.com/business/netwo…
Data scientist has been ranked the β€œ#1 Job in America” for three years running, and there’s still a shortage of talent to fill the huge need employers have insidebigdata.com/2018/12…
To combat obesity, Japan enforced an annual waist measurement check on people aged between 40 and 75, administered by employers and local government, with the goal of decreasing Japan's obesity rates by 25% by 2015. Failure to meet those goals resulted in a fine for the administrators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat…
The British Secret Service (James Bond's employer) really can issue a "license to kill". It's called a Class Seven authorization, and must be approved by the MI6 agent's superiors all the way up to the Foreign Minister. reuters.com/article/us-br…
: In 2010 a sole investment broker was responsible for raising oil prices to an 8-month high in a drunken stupor he couldn't recall. He spent $520 million dollars of his employers' money in 30 minutes. telegraph.co.uk/finance/n…
An employer cannot force you to do overtime in Canada. hrreporter.com/columnist/…
The word "henchman" originally referred to one who attended a horse for his employer - a horse groom. Before it took on its modern, nefarious meaning, it was an official title for a subordinate official in a royal court or noble household. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Stanley Kubrick appointed French Director Bertrand Tavernier as his publicist in France and he was asking him regularly about strange stuff like types of lamps in theaters, Tavernier resigned after 3 months and told him: As a film-maker you are a genius but as an employer you are an imbecile. irishtimes.com/news/stanl…
Unpaid internships are illegal if the intern "displaces regular employees" or the employer "derives immediate advantage from the intern". dol.gov/whd/regs/complian…
It is now legal in 21 states for employers to refuse to hire persons who smoke or use tobacco products. usatoday.com/news/opinion…
John Babbacombe Lee was imprisoned (with weak evidence) for the murder of his employer in 1884 and was set to hang on February 21st, 1885. Though being carefully tested, the trapdoor of the gallows malfunctioned three times, resulting in John's freedom due to, "suspected divine intervention." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…

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