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Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 4, Insightful) 295

Oh, while we're at it, lets not forget these business community sweeteners:

1. Employment at will. This concept is totally alien in most of the developed world.
2. No paid sick time (OK California and a few other states have made progress).
3. No limits on the maximum duration of the workweek. The EU's working time directive is a good start.
4. No paid vacation or family leave. The US is quite alone here as well.
5. Non-compete contracts where there is no severance pay guaranteed if you are laid off.
6. Binding arbitration which denies your right to trial without a jury.

Unless other countries adopt these business-friendly labor laws, a lot of jobs will remain here. Frankly, that has a snowball's chance in hell of happening.

Comment California law may change this year (Score 1) 435

Regarding salary history, AB168 (Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton) may make it illegal for employers to ask for salary history by 2018. Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill, AB1017 in 2015. AB1676 was signed into law in 2016 which partially addresses salary history when gender comes up.

Comment Re:Meal breaks (Score 1) 255

I didn't say there should be no regulation or enforcement of labor laws for small businesses, and existing California labor law, I beleive is not to onerous given there are even more employee-friendly laws in most other advanced democracies.

Larger corps screw the workers in more indirect methods which present less liability to them. Fissured workplaces (contingent/temporary workers with no benefits), using H-1B body shops, buying off legislators for favorable laws, and using the courts to overturn what voters have willed to name a few.

Comment Re:Meal breaks (Score 2) 255

California does give a damn about its working population. The asymmetrical negotiating advantage of employers needs to be balanced with statutes protecting the worker class from large multinational corporations. Sorry, the free market doesn't work well when the balance of power is so heavily tilted towards these large players. I do agree that small businesses should be subject to less regulation than the large multinationals though.

Submission + - H-1B reform: How Industry and lobbyists will game the system (

hwstar writes: As part of the investigation, the AG should have teams do site visits to HR Departments at a few firms that use a substantial number of H-1Bs, say over 10% of their STEM labor force, in various locales and industry sectors, to determine how/why American job applicants are rejected. Again, this is for information gathering rather than grounds for denial of visas.

Many H-1Bs, especially those at the Intels, are hired as foreign students from college and university campuses. Currently many U.S. graduate programs have well over half their enrollment as foreign students, in some cases even 90%. This presumably is an unhealthy situation, and the investigation team should particularly note the issues here.

The investigation should consult with the foreign worker advocacy group, Immigration Voice, especially concerning exploitation of foreign workers who are immobile due to waiting for a green card. This immobility makes foreign workers enormously attractive to employers; a prominent immigration attorney (and former chief architect of Texas Instruments’ immigration policy) even pitches this point to employers on his Web page, urging employers to hire foreign students instead of Americans.

Comment Re:It would be a justified reason to quit (Score 2) 414

That depends on which country you live in. Here in the US, quitting your job most likely means that you are ineligible for unemployment benefits. Now, if you can successfully argue that training your replacement is a form of constructive dismissal, then you may be able to receive benefits. In my opinion, both severance and unemployment benefits are so short term, they aren't worth worrying about. What really matters is having MONEY IN THE BANK. A nice cash cushion allows you to be choosy in accepting a new job, and you are negotiating from a position of strength. Employers prey on the faults of human nature, If more people had cash cushions, employers would not be able to get away with what they do today.

Submission + - How Sales Targets Encourage Wrongdoing Inside America's Companies (

hwstar writes: This story illustrates one of the fundamental problems I see with American Businesses these days. It talks about 4 companies where perverse incentives caused problems, and one company which got the balance correct. From the article:

"Incentives poison people's will to do the right thing. It's the worst way to get people to do the things you want to do." and "Wells Fargo’s predicament was by no means novel. It was simply the latest in a long string of companies and even federal agencies that have seen the incentivizing of employee performance go terribly awry."

Comment How to make NSO's job difficult (Score 1) 98

Let's see... If I was a terrorist, I'd have a pool of 100 or so smartphones ready to be cloned from a virgin image. When one needs to use a phone for a mission, I'd pull one randomly from the pool, install the image, and a never-used, new SIM card, and give it to the operative. When they are done with a mission, I'd wipe the phone, and return it to the pool.

Comment Re:My Incoming Call Rule #1 (much better) (Score 3, Insightful) 105

If solicitors call you on the phone, DON'T DO BUSINESS WITH THEM. Tell that if you need a product or service, YOU will track it down yourself...

Part of the problem here is that most people acts as enable for telemarketers and advertisers. We should teach young people in elementary through high school to ignore telemarketers and advertisers, and track down the product or service you need yourself. If more people did this, they'd get better products and services, plus it would help solve the problem with robocalls the government is trying to solve. Folks, if it is telemarketed or advertised, then the product or service is probably inferior to what you can find with a little effort on your own. Also, very few products or services marketed in this manner are indispensable.

Comment Pierce the corporate veil (Score 5, Insightful) 123

For blatant environmental disregard such as this, the corporation should not offer protection to the officers and directors. The corporate veil should be pierced, and the state should go after the officers and directors both criminally and civilly. The corporate protection from liability should just be there to protect against legal action arising from unforeseen circumstances in the evolution of a company. In this case, the emissions rules were purposefully disregarded and, there should be a heavy price to pay for that.

Comment Re:Stock prices go up, money saved! (Score 1) 224

I agree with your comments. The opulent minority needs to be controlled worldwide, they have too much power. In the US, it's almost like we need a new constitution to address this issue. There should be a mechanism in the constitution that starts limiting the protection of bill of rights for rich and privileged can do as they gain assets and become well-connected. I call this the "Reverse Animal Farm" constitution. This way there will be a burden associated with being too rich and powerful, and it will incent those that are to behave accordingly.

  I know this sounds like we are not treating everyone equally, but I think it is the only way to get out of the current status quo.

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