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Precarious Work Schedules Common Among Younger Workers

One wish many workers may have this Labor Day is for more control and predictability of their work schedules. A new report finds that unpredictability is widespread in many workers’ schedules—one reason why organized labor groups and policymakers are now focusing on work schedule reform.

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Unequal Demands on Women for University Service Retard Careers

Women professors are asked to serve on university committees in such disproportionate numbers that they are deprived of research time that is essential for promotion and find their careers lagging behind their male colleagues as a result.

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Holding on or Letting Go: How Rumination Makes What's Bad a Whole Lot Worse

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A new study of more than 600 employees in both blue- and white-collar professions compared individuals more prone to think about past transgressions at work to those focusing more directly on the future.

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Texas Tech Professor Co-Authors Paper Challenging Employee-Retention Practices

Report shows reasons employees leave can’t necessarily be applied across the board.

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In an Already Stressful Workplace, Great Recession’s Health Effects Hard to Find

The Great Recession of 2007-2009 had little direct effect on the health of workers who survived the waves of job cuts that took place during that period, according to a new University of Akron study.

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Legal Status of Temporary Workers From Mexico Helps Them Little at Work Compared to Undocumented Peers

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Many politicians see the U.S. temporary worker program as a solution to undocumented immigration from Mexico. But an Indiana U. study finds that these legal workers earn no more than their undocumented peers.

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Men Viewed More Favorably Than Women When Seeking Work-Life Balance

While some suggest that flexible work arrangements have the potential to reduce workplace inequality, a new study finds these arrangements may exacerbate discrimination based on parental status and gender.

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men, leading women to perform worse under these circumstances, finds a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

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For Men in Pink-Collar Jobs, a Tradeoff: Lower Pay, More Job Security

Is a man without a four-year college degree better off trying to land a well-paying but insecure job in traditionally male fields such as manufacturing or construction, or should he consider lower-paying but steadier employment in a female-dominated field?

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Disconnect Between Parenting and Certain Jobs a Source of Stress, Study Finds

Some working parents are carrying more psychological baggage than others — and the reason has nothing to do with demands on their time and energy. The cause is their occupation.

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