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…
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 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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
Remote Workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts, according to 59% of employers. tsheets.com/resources/rem…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is the 5th largest employer in the world with 1.7 million employees - after McDonald's, Walmart, China's People's Liberation Army and the US Dept. Of Defense* bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
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…
: 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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the lynching of Sam Hose, a black laborer who killed his white employer in self-defense. He was mutilated, then burned alive. On seeing Hose's body parts for sale in local shops as souvenirs, WEB Du Bois changed his view of lynchers as an anomaly among white people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyn…
An employer cannot force you to do overtime in Canada. hrreporter.com/columnist/…
: In 2016 aNorthern California man was caught embezzling $4.8 million from employer after spending $1 million on 'Game of War' lootboxes and microtransactions latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
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…
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…
A β€˜bean-feast’, demanded by Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a colloquial English term for a celebratory meal or party typically given to employees by their employer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
According to federal law, employers are not required to give employees a lunch break. dol.gov/general/topic/wor…
There is no federal law requiring employers to give employees time off to vote. businessinsider.com/can-i…
Unpaid internships are illegal if the intern "displaces regular employees" or the employer "derives immediate advantage from the intern". dol.gov/whd/regs/complian…
After cartoonist Rudolph Dirks was fired by his syndicate in 1913, he sued and was granted the right to his characters, but his employer kept the actual comic. He started a new, nearly identical comic, complete with all the same characters, and the two competed for 65 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There was such a thing as a Groom of the Stool. A servant that would assist a king during his visit to the toilet. The servants would often be involved in important decisions due to the intimate relationship they had with their employer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gro…
It is now legal in 21 states for employers to refuse to hire persons who smoke or use tobacco products. usatoday.com/news/opinion…
Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien found himself out of work when his law firm employer shut down but got a new job at a Ottawa law office in 2014 at age 80 cbc.ca/news/canada/montre…
In 2010 research was done to find the most effective promotion strategy for employers. For the control group they used random selection. Random won. theguardian.com/education…
WalMart and McDonalds are the 3rd and 4th largest employers in the world; only the armies of the United States and China employ more people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about Job-Market Signalling, in which an employee signals their quality to an employer, by way of a costly education, even if the education does not contribute anything to the employee's productivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
Obesity is associated with job absenteeism and lower productivity at work costing employers $506 per obese employee per year. stateofobesity.org/health…
, unpaid internships at for-profit businesses are illegal in the United States when they're for the benefit of the employer and displace regular employees. dol.gov/whd/regs/complian…
An employer once convinced an administrative law judge to vacate a $238k OSHA citation by arguing he was no longer an "employer" when the citation was issued because the accident killed all three of his employees. necanet.org/about-us/news…
While working as maids LΓ©a Papin and her sister Christine were found guilty of murdering their employer's wife and daughter. LΓ©a was given a reduced sentence of eight years due to good behaviour, and upon release moved to Nantes where she continued her livelihood as a hotel maid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Missouri law prohibits employers from requiring that their employees have identifying microchip implants. moga.mo.gov/mostatutes/st…
In the US it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee for refusing to take a lie detector test. nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
In Britain, an employer cannot give a subjective bad reference as they can be sued for libel or defamation of character. Any negative remarks must be defendable in a court of law, which is why employers will usually opt to say nothing instead. metro.co.uk/2015/05/11/th…
Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of TETRIS(1984) did not receive any royalties from one of the most popular video game titles until 1996 as the rights were owned by his employer the Soviet government. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Before 1974 women couldn't legally have a credit card without a father or husband co-signing for them? It was in 1979 that law was passed so that employers couldn't fire a women for getting pregnant (married or not). cnn.com/2014/08/07/living…
Despite common belief, in every state it is legal to give performance information in a job reference. Many even protect the employer from being sued for defamation. nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
In the U.S. it's illegal for employers to tell employees not to talk to their co-workers about compensation theatlantic.com/business/…
The US Dept of Defense is the biggest employer in the world. It employs around 2.8 million people. defense.gov/About/
Hawaii has required employers to pay health insurance benefits to employees who work 20 hours or more per week since 1975. healthcoveragehawaii.org/…
The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the United States math.uh.edu/~tomforde/Web…
In the 1930 World Cup, Romania participated only after the intervention of King Carol II, who had been crowned in a coup d'Γ©tat a week earlier. He selected the squad personally, and negotiated with employers to ensure that the players would still have jobs upon their return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/193…
In California and 13 other states, if injured by a drug dealer, the victim of harm and their employer may sue the drug dealer for the costs of medical rehabilitation and treatment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Employers in South Korea give their workers a "kimchi bonus" in the fall so they can buy all the ingredients to make their annual supply. foodsovereigntytours.org/…
"health insurance" was actually cooked up as a ploy by hospitals to fill empty beds. The real impetus to making insurance commonplace is when they made premiums tax-free if paid by employers. Before insurance the average person spent $5 per year on medical care. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Nearly all employers surveyed (93 percent) say that β€œa demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate’s] undergraduate major.” washingtonmonthly.com/col…
In Britain, when someone wins Β£1,000,000 on their Premium bonds, a woman called Agent Million arrives at their door and delivers the news. It is completely confidential: only her employers and her husband know her identity. thisismoney.co.uk/money/s…
William Gosset submitted his paper on the Student t distribution under the pseudonym of Student since his employer, the Guinness Brewery, prohibited its employees from publishing papers. theconversation.com/the-g…
Employers cannot take away their employees tips nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
Japan implemented a "Metabo" law or 'fat tax' in 2008 that requires adults' waistlines to be measured. If they are too fat, their employer or local government gets fined. bu.edu/themovement/2011/0…
A jury awarded $95 million to a woman in a sexual harassment suit against her employer. Among other transgressions, the woman's boss allegedly slapped his penis on her head and masturbated on her chest. reuters.com/article/us-se…
Today I learned of actor William Haines (1900–1973), who quit acting in 1935 when his studio employer, MGM, tried to pressure him into ending his relationship with his male partner and entering into a "lavender marriage" to hide his homosexuality. Instead, the two started a successful interior design business. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The World's Largest Employer is the US Department of Defense weforum.org/agenda/2015/0…
Wal-Mart is the largest single employer in 20 (mostly southern) states 247wallst.com/special-rep…
Dismissal from a position is illegal if an employer fires an employee either for discriminatory reasons or in retaliation (for being a whistleblower, for complaining, for refusing to commit an illegal act, etc.). thebalance.com/terminatio…
Despite being used by employers, spy organisations and some courts, no one knows how accurate polygraphs are because the methodology is too vague to test empirically. conman.com.au/6-lies-peop…
Henry Ford pursued the gasoline-powered automobile after receiving encouragement from his employer and boyhood idol, Thomas Edison. thehenryford.org/collecti…
German employers strongly prefer, but cannot require, a passport style photo in the upper right hand corner of a resume/CV. thelocal.de/20130131/4764…
The United States Department of Defense is the largest employer in the world at 3.2 million people; Walmart is number 3 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Internship experience is the most important criteria employers consider when choosing a candidate theatlantic.com/business/…
Only one state - Montana - doesn't allow employers to fire employees for any reason; contrary to predictions, Montana's unemployment rate is lower than the national average. secure.acslaw.org/files/R…
In 1917, over 2,000 coal miners were kidnapped by their employer at gunpoint and transported from Arizona to New Mexico in cattle cars. The company then seized the town, cut all communications, issued "passports", and established a kangaroo court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Inflatable rats ranging from 6 to 30 feet tall are commonly used by protestors striking against their employers as a sign of opposition and to call public attention to companies employing nonunion labor en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inf…
Wal-Mart is the largest employer in 19 states 247wallst.com/special-rep…
Working from home benefits employers as well as employees. Studies have shown an increase in productivity and a better work-life balance with less stress from employees who work from home. monster.com/technology/a/…
"Right to Work" Laws Concern Unions, and Do Not Mean Your Employer Can Fire You For Any Reason en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rig…
The "Radium Girls" were female workers in a glow-in-the-dark watch-painting factory. Their case made legal history by establishing a precedent of holding employers accountable for occupational diseases after they were severely irradiated by radium ingestion. damninteresting.com/undar…
Shirley Ann Jackson, the highest paid university president in the country, receives a $2.34 million annual salary as well as three houses subsidized by her employer. She also sits on the board of directors for IBM, NYSE, and FedEx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi…
A former employer of Ashley madison tried to sue them because she hurt her wrists and forearms typing up 1,000 "fake female profiles" for their site. (ctvnews.ca) ctvnews.ca/canada/lawsuit…
Even though Steve Ballmer joined Microsoft as the 30th employer 4 years after it was founded, he negotiated an outrageous 10% future profit salary which he then exchanged for 8% equity, making him the single biggest shareholder today. forbes.com/sites/georgean…
The US Department of Defense is the single largest employer in the world. The DoD employs over 700,000 civilians, 1.4 million active duty military personnel and 1.1 million reservists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The state of Louisiana has no rules for employers to provide breaks or lunch periods of any kind for employees. nolo.com/legal-encycloped…
Walmart is the third largest employer in the world. The first largest is the United States Department of Defense and the second largest is the Chinese People's Liberation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
We can thank the Radium Girls for the right to sue our employer if we contract "occupational diseases." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Wal-Mart is the third largest employer in the world. US Defense Department is #1, Chinese Army #2. economist.com/blogs/daily…

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