I landed my dream job straight out of law school. Six months into it, I realized that I had made a huge mistake. I did not enjoy being an attorney. In fact, I hated it.
I wasn’t ready for the adversarial and competitive nature of it all. I wasn’t prepared for the unending paper pushing and the detailed time tracking of every minute of every day. I wasn’t built for the office politics and quixotic assignments from equity partners with massive egos. I wasn’t thriving from the lack of positive reinforcement from either my bosses or my clients.
So what did I do? I kept my head down and worked for another 7 years. With $150,000 of student loan debt looming over me, I didn’t have the luxury of quitting.
Source: I Make 6 Figures on My Side Hustle and Quit My Day Job | NextAdvisor with TIME
Amazon illegally fired two employees after they publicly criticized the company for its lack of action on climate change and its failure to protect warehouse workers from the novel coronavirus, the National Labor Relations Board determined.
Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa were highly visible members of the small group of Amazon employees who in 2018 called for Amazon to do more to address climate change, and eventually got 8,700 colleagues to sign on to their efforts. They were fired last April, not long after their group of about 400 employees spoke out, in intentional and public violation of Amazon’s tightened down internal policies clamping down on employee criticism.
Source: Amazon’s Prime Example of Labor Law Violations – EcoWatch
A rise in unemployment fraud is complicating an already-fraught tax season for many taxpayers.
Since the start of the pandemic, states have experienced a “surge” in fraudulent unemployment claims using information gained from data breaches in years prior, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Because unemployment insurance is considered taxable income, more victims are only now beginning to discover their own information was used to fraudulently claim benefits, as they receive tax forms and file their own returns
Source: Unemployment Claims Fraud — How to Spot it and Protect Yourself | NextAdvisor with TIME
One advantage that the IoT brought to design was the ability for a small local device to access the network’s virtually-unlimited computing power. The Amazon Echo is a classic example: a low-cost local device that provided powerful speech recognition AI and an immense application library by way of its Internet connection. Now, some of that AI is moving into the local device to help minimize bandwidth and latency concerns by employing an efficient form of machine learning (ML) for smaller devices.
An example of what can be accomplished by placing AI in edge devices can be found in the article AI helps turn gas sensor into electronic nose. In this instance the ML that generates the sensor’s algorithms takes place during the design cycle, and the local device simply runs the algorithm. This is a first step in bring AI to the edge, but there are more to come.
Source: Tiny machine learning brings AI to IoT devices – EDN
The global coronavirus pandemic has been hard on everyone, but perhaps no segment has been hit harder than working women.
About 2.3 million women have exited the U.S. labor force since the pandemic began, compared with about 1.8 million men, according to government data. Many were driven out by layoffs in food service, health care, and hospitality — sectors that employ a majority of women and that have been most affected by the economic slowdown. Others left their jobs voluntarily, forced to stay home and care for children suddenly unable to attend school or daycare.
As a result, female participation in the workforce has dropped to 57%, a level not seen since 1988. The situation is dire enough that U.S. President Joe Biden called it “a national emergency.”
Source: Has the Pandemic Set Female Leadership Back? – Knowledge@Wharton
As a physicist in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Time and Frequency Division, I have worked in the general area of operating atomic clocks and using output signals from them to distribute time and frequency information for more than 40 years. I am also a Fellow at JILA, an institute operated jointly by NIST and the University of Colorado Boulder, and I teach in the physics department of the university.
A particularly useful system was a helium-neon laser whose output at 3.39 µm was stabilized by comparing it to the wavelength absorbed by methane. This wavelength could then be used to measure tiny changes in the length of a 30-meter long interferometer, which was in the Poorman’s Relief Gold Mine near Boulder. The interferometer consisted of two mirrors mounted on piers that were firmly connected to the floor of the mine. The mirrors and the space between them were enclosed in an evacuated pipe.
Source: Everyday Time and Atomic Time: Part One | NIST
“This new law will provide tax incentives for companies to expand and create jobs by investing in plants and equipment,” proclaimed President George W. Bush in 2002 as he signed the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act. “This measure will mean more job opportunities for workers in every part of our country.”
As Bush promised, the bill included significant corporate tax cuts. Further reductions in corporate taxes would follow with the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The rhetoric in each instance was the same: Purportedly, these tax cuts were not for the sake of enriching corporate management but for employing American workers — hence the word “jobs” in all three titles. These companies would take the extra money and invest it in the workforce, creating new and better opportunities for regular people.
That is not what happened. In reality, a new academic study finds, a significant fraction of recent corporate tax breaks simply went to increased pay for top corporate executives.
Source: Chunks of Corporate Tax Cuts End Up in Executives’ Pay
Globalstar Europe Satellite Services has announced a new partnership with Perth & Kinross Council in Scotland which will see its SPOT Gen4 devices deployed in Scotland to help workers in rural, isolated, and hazardous locations. Globalstar announced the partnership March 23. Globalstar has integrated the Trackplot lone worker monitoring solution into its devices to bring more features to these particular workers.
Globalstar launched its SPOT Gen4 device late last year. Globalstar’s SPOT satellite devices provide security and emergency support to employees for a growing number of governmental and non-governmental entities across the world. Globalstar reports that around 7,500 rescues have been attributed to SPOT satellite technology around the world, to date.
Source: Globalstar Europe Provides Worker Monitoring Solution in Scotland – Via Satellite –
Bessemer, Alabama, is a city of 27,000 souls and dozens of churches. There are at least six Christian bookstores within a three-mile radius of the Waffle House, and a billboard screaming “When You Die, You Will Meet God!” not far from the local Walmart.
More than a quarter of those souls — about 71 percent of whom are Black — live below the poverty line. Sixteen miles from Birmingham proper, the city’s borders are liminal; Bessemer bleeds into nearby Brighton and Lipscomb to the north and McCalla to the south, and is sandwiched among wildlife refuges, cemeteries, and the Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure waterpark. The precious few green spaces strain to offset the sprawl crowding the highway that cuts through town. Chain restaurants, car dealerships, and big-box stores line the route to Powder Plant Road, which leads to the former site of a US Steel factory. Now that hilly ground is home to an Amazon fulfillment center, and the site of one of the most important labor battles in America.
The more than 5,000 workers at Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse — called BHM1, it is one of more than 100 fulfillment centers across the US — are in the midst of the nation’s first attempt to unionize one of the e-commerce giant’s warehouses, where they spend long hours on their feet picking, packaging, and shipping items as quickly as they can. Their days, workers told Vox, are dictated by algorithms that survey their every move and dole out punishments when targets are not met or workers go over their allotted “time off task” (better known as TOT); workers compare the environment to “a sweatshop,” and have lodged complaints about the excessive heat in the building.
Source: Bessemer, Alabama’s union battle against Amazon is a David and Goliath tale – Vox
Airmen inspect an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker before a flight at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, March 18, 2021.
Source: Stratotanker Scan