Work

By - 3/31/10 - 11:22 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered Woburn's worker's compensation carrier to pay burial and survivor benefits to the widow of David Case, a school custodian who died while operating a snowblower outside a Woburn school on Jan. 24, 2005.

MIIA Workers' Compensation SIG argued Case was due to drop at any moment from severe coronary disease, so his death was not work related. The court disagreed, saying operating the 200-pound snowblower, which required serious physical exertion to move around corners and from side to side, triggered Case's fatal heart attack.

By - 3/26/10 - 12:59 pm

Jennie White lists local coworking spaces for startup companies that are beyond the garage stage but not quite big enough for their own offices.

By - 3/17/10 - 9:55 am

Hackneyed Sojourn gives the other side of the story, from the front seat, of all those people who just know the cab driver is taking them out of the way to run up the fare:

By - 3/16/10 - 12:00 pm

Karl doesn't get it:

... [D]oes anybody else find it disturbing that nurses commute to work on public transit in their nursing uniforms? I mean, isn't the hole point of the uniform that whole sterility thing? Otherwise, why not just let them wear jeans? ...

By - 3/10/10 - 8:13 am

Allegedly, some local social-media concern is willing to pay $250,000 a year to somebody who can drum up thousands of followers a week for their clients, who include "Fortune 500's and celebrities." It's on Craigslist, so it must be true.

By - 3/8/10 - 9:07 am

While Stop & Shop workers were busy ratifying a new contract this weekend, workers at Shaw's produce warehouse in Methuen were going out on strike, Channel 4 reports. That could mean you'll see only wilted lettuce at your local Shaw's and Star Market - assuming you cross the picket lines the workers could be putting up.

By - 1/20/10 - 8:41 pm

Hackneyed Sojourn, who drives a Boston cab, reports on his shift last night:

... At 9:34 a black Chevy Tahoe Hybrid with Senator John Kerry in the passenger seat paused by my cab. His long face looked longer than usual, with two fingers to his temple and a countenance of disbelief.

By - 12/17/09 - 7:38 am

Casey Atkins posts a photoessay on Metro Pedal Power, which provides package delivery in the Boston area - by bicycle.

By - 12/16/09 - 9:01 am

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CEO made news this spring when he sought employee help in making cuts to reduce the number of layoffs. Now, he reports, he asked the staff what to do should hospital finances continue to improve. Based on their advice, and if the upward trends continue, the hospital will restore pay increases on April 1.

By - 12/13/09 - 8:33 pm

Patrick Maguire, who made a splash with his list of suggestions for restaurant customers, starts a list of entries for a customer hall of fame.

By - 12/11/09 - 12:52 pm

Dvsjr was at a Registry office today when he sprang into action. He tweets:

Battery backup at the registry starts screeching. I'm in line, go up to the counter, "its ok maam Im an IT guy" reset the fuse. Clapping.

By - 12/11/09 - 10:57 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that teachers who chaperone ski trips shouldn't have to worry about medical bills if they suffer their own ski injuries while monitoring slaloming students.

The ruling comes in the case of a Peabody math teacher injured during a 2004 ski trip - whose medical bills the city of Peabody had refused to pay.

Karen Sikorski, a math teacher at Peabody High School, suffered a shoulder injury that required two operations and physical therapy on Jan. 24, 2004. The city which is self insured, argued she was skiing "recreationally" at the time and refused to reimburse her for her treatment.

By - 11/24/09 - 10:27 am

Our roving reporter notes a Teamster picket outside the Starbucks at 755 Boylston St. this morning. He says the issue is not the taste of the coffee but "SB's supplier DPI has fired employees for trying to organize a union. DPI supplies SB with everything except the coffee beans."

By - 11/20/09 - 9:49 am

WBUR reports that yesterday's announced drop in statewide unemployment numbers - the first in two years - actually masks a record number of underemployed people, i.e., people who have taken part-time jobs because they can't find full-time work.

By - 11/18/09 - 9:15 am

Candelaria Silva discusses working as a part-time job counselor with 18-22-year olds trying to go back to school or get their GEDs:

... I long to have superhero-powers to turn back the clock to the pivotal moments in their lives where they veered off course. I want to meet the adults and institutions who've failed these young people, all of whom were clearly born with enough intelligence and talent to succeed. What they lack is a clear purpose or direction. Their interests are infuriatingly narrow. Their goals are incredibly small. Getting them to set goals, make an outline for how getting the degree and a job fits into their future plans is nigh impossible. ...

By - 11/9/09 - 1:21 pm

On Sunday, the Globe came out with its guide to the top 100 places to work in Massachusetts. Darn magazine printing schedules: That was three days after one of those alleged worker nirvanas, the law firm of Goodwin Procter, laid off 55 people, who might have another viewpoint, Elie Mystal reports.

By - 11/4/09 - 4:40 pm

Xconomy reports.

By - 11/2/09 - 3:46 pm

And that's not a good thing, the Boston Business Journal reports.