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Firing At-Will Employees: Legal Limitations

If you go to work for someone else, the odds are great that you are an employee at will.  That’s the basic rule in North Carolina, as it is almost everywhere in the United States.  In North Carolina, it applies whether you go to work for an individual or a private business or a unit of government.

So what?  What does it mean to be an employee at will?



How To Network Naturally

Jacqui Barrett-PoindexterA rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This Shakespearean quote resonates as I ponder the value of networking.

If only networking were under the guise of a different name. Personally, I bristle when someone uses the word, ‘networking,’ an odd reaction considering the line of work I am in. I use the term, because of its universal appeal, but sparingly, as I believe there are better ways to articulate how to forge, cultivate and leverage value-add relationships in one’s career.


Former CEO Kathleen Mason: I was fired for having breast cancer

cancerbreastKathleen Mason, who lost her job as the CEO of a Dallas-based retailer, claims through her lawyer that her dismissal had nothing to do with poor performance and everything to do with disclosing to her board that she was battling breast cancer



Are Unpaid Internships Legal? Understanding the Court’s Recent Rulings

It’s now summer, which means internship season is in full swing. Candidates have done their research and landed positions, hoping to develop their professional skills or add a credential to their resume.


Enough to Make You Ill: 1.5 Millions New Yorkers Still Waiting for Sick Leave

donothingleg“American workers should have paid sick leave,” ** announced the New York Times in a staff editorial on Sunday, “and New York City could set a standard for the rest of the nation.” With that, the nation’s newspaper of record waded into the long fight for what most Americans already say is a basic workplace right **: the chance to recuperate from sickness without losing a day’s pay -- or worse yet, getting fired from your job.


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HCX Facts

Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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