Employment

Accountants are in high demand

Accountants are in high demand

Profession deserves place among STEM occupations

NOW THAT ALL THE MORTARBOARDS have been flipped in the air, college graduates are assessing their career prospects. Amid all the noise surrounding their choices, at least one trend is very clear: Much of opportunity in the innovation economy goes to the mathematically inclined. Research scientists. Data analysts. Robotics engineers. We just can’t get enough(...)

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Unpaid internships  – hard work,  questionable legality

Unpaid internships – hard work, questionable legality

For-profit companies still skirt Mass. requirements for intern pay

BOSTON-BASED ARGOPOINT placed an ad on Craigslist in February seeking a marketing intern of whom a lot seems to be expected. The ad specified nine required qualifications, including a strong academic background, excellent verbal and written communication skills, high attention to detail, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, and demonstrated leadership experience. The ad also listed(...)

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GE picks Boston for HQ location

GE picks Boston for HQ location

State, city offer company a package of incentives

GENERAL ELECTRIC said on Wednesday that it decided to bring its headquarters and 800 workers to Boston after a careful evaluation of the city’s “business ecosystem, talent, long-term costs, quality of life for employees, connections with the world, and proximity to other company assets.” But the company will also be receiving  $25 million in tax(...)

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Lawrence facing housing crisis, report says

Lawrence facing housing crisis, report says

Property values low, rents high, new construction lags

A NEW REPORT suggests Lawrence is facing a major housing crisis, with property values low, rents high, and new construction failing to keep pace with population increases. The study, funded by six public and private organizations, was designed to give policymakers in Lawrence a sense of key housing trends. On almost every front, the trends(...)

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Waging the war on poverty

Waging the war on poverty

Let’s focus on solutions, not stereotypes

IN 2015, THERE are emerging signs of bipartisan energy to address poverty. While contemplating a third presidential run, Mitt Romney vowed that a potential campaign would include a pledge to “end the scourge of poverty.” And earlier this month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush outlined his “Right to Rise” agenda. “It’s very hard for people(...)

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Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Bill would require reasonable relief

SHOULD A PREGNANT worker expect her employer to offer “reasonable” relief from her workload or from certain tasks? Elizabeth Guyer, a former nurse practitioner who worked in Harvard University’s student health care system, thought so. In 2008, a pregnant Guyer expressed concerns to her supervisor about a plan to increase from 14 to 16 the(...)

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Earned sick time good for families, businesses

1 in 3 Mass. workers lack benefit

Think about the people you know who don’t have earned sick time. Maybe it’s your sister. Maybe it’s your neighbor. Maybe it’s the man who bags groceries for you every week, or the woman who keeps your office building clean. Nearly 1 million Massachusetts workers cannot take a single day of paid sick time to(...)

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One size does not fit all

Question 4 on sick leave a costly overreach

Question 4 mandates sick leave for every worker in the state. That sounds like a great idea, but the devil is in the details. Requiring employers to provide paid and unpaid sick leave is a bad deal for workers, for taxpayers, and for small businesses, especially in the service industries. Question 4 as currently written(...)

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