Ada Lovelace Day Celebrated

The second Monday in October is Canadian Thanksgiving Day, and the second Tuesday is traditionally Ada Lovelace Day, the celebration of Women in Science and Technology. Thus today — Oct. 11, 2016 — is Ada Lovelace Day. Lovelace is widely regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. Through her friendship with Charles Babbage, aka “the […]

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A Tale of Two Lawsuits

Former UPS driver Kathy Young, who accused that¬†firm of pregnancy discrimination, will have her day in court again, but Ellen Pao, who accused her firm of gender discrimination and retaliation, is walking away empty-handed. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that Ms. Young’s lawsuit against UPS for refusing to grant her light duty while […]

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Ada Lovelace Day Celebrated Today, Oct. 14

Ada Lovelace in 1833 developed what was arguably the world’s first programming language, or algorithm, for mathematician and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage, who was working on two prototype computers called the Difference Engine and the Analytics Engine. Ada was the daughter of Lord Byron and mathematics-loving Annabella Milbanke, who instilled in her daughter a love […]

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HealthCare.gov Site Goes Down on Last Day of Sign-Ups

On the last official day to sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, the main federal site — HealthCare.gov — went down for four hours, directing visitors to a virtual waiting room or just alerting them that the site was offline for "maintenance." Normally, maintenance on the site is done […]

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People Raiding 401(k) Accounts Less These Days

Let's hope people have the inside track on winning the lottery since it seems that many of them cash out their 401(k)s upon leaving their jobs for a new one, buying things like cars, jewelry and vacations. The good news is that the percentage of people so doing has dropped from about 25 percent two […]

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Will the U.S. Run Out of Money on Thursday?

As the two factions in the nation's capital spin their takes on what happens if a new debt-ceiling accord is not reached by Thursday, Oct. 17, the rarely mentioned facts behind the battle show that there's enough money in the coffers to keep running the government until the end of the month, according to CNBC […]

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Ada Lovelace Day: Move Over, Steve Jobs

Now this probably has only tangential relevance to labor law compliance, but today (Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013) marks the fifth annual celebration of Ada Lovelace Day. Daughter of the poet Lord Byron (illegitimately), Ms. Lovelace penned what techies have come to recognize as the world's first computer program. In 1842! She was asked by her […]

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401(k) Auto-Enroll Companies Chintzier Than Non-Auto Firms

Companies that follow Congress's suggestion and auto-enroll their employees in 401(k) defined-contribution retirement plans indeed see higher participation rates — 71 to 67 percent — but also appear more reluctant to chip in company matching funds, a study has found. Though the matching rates are numerically close, 3.5 percent for non-auto-enroll companies and 3.2 percent […]

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North Colorado? Secession Movement Alive in Rural Colorado

Stung by what they see as a leftward tilt by politicians in the state capital of Denver, residents of 11 rural counties in Colorado are voting in November whether to secede from the state. The litany of local complaints range from green energy to gay rights, but the galvanizing event was the state legislature's vote […]

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French Labor Law Intercepts Another Alleged Foreign Violator, Ryanair

Earlier, we reported how French labor law enforcement officials had sniffed out Sephora for staying open too late on the Champs d'Elysees, and now they want discount carrier Ryanair to treat its employees equally under French labor laws and are levying a $13 million fine against the company for violations. French authorities charge Ryanair with […]

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