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The Brian Lehrer Show

Banning Credit Checks

Monday, April 27, 2015

City Councilman Brad Lander and Sarah Ludwig, co-director of the New Economy Project, talk about a bill Lander sponsored to ban credit checks in most hiring processes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Keeps Googlers Happy

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Google's head of "people operations" -- otherwise known as human resources -- stopped by to offer some insights into retaining employees and making sure they feel purposeful.

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The Takeaway

Unemployment: A Life Sentence For Ex-Offenders

Friday, February 06, 2015

While support grows for ban the box, some activists argue that banning the box isn’t enough to help ex-offenders get and retain work.

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Listen to Lucy

Flirting for jobs

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Flirting for jobs

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The Takeaway

Should a Video Game Determine Hiring and Firing?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.

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New Tech City

Hiring by Video Game

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The traditional job interview is obsolete. That is, when compared to an all-knowing video game that peers into the psyche of every candidate.

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WNYC News

Message to Vets: Wall Street Wants You

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Military men and women leaving service are working their military skills into resumes and cover letters as they search for work. Several dozen attended a job fair on Wall Street Thursday, sponsored by financial firms, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC; JOBS Act and Jobs Numbers; GOP Finally Coalescing Around Romney?

Monday, April 02, 2012

While the GOP Presidential contenders prepare for primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., candidate Mitt Romney garners key endorsements from Senator Rob Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan. Is the Republican Party finally coalescing around their presumptive nominee? Back in Washington, President Obama is set to sign the STOCK Act and the JOBS Act on Monday, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics prepares to release job numbers for March on Friday. What does this mean for the future of the economy? Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Molly Ball, staff writer covering national politics for The Atlantic, explore the stories for the week ahead.

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The Takeaway

Would You Give Out Your Facebook Password in a Job Interview?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

As much as most Americans might like to think that their social networking profiles are part of their personal life, increasingly, that’s not the case. Chris Kukulski, city manager of Bozeman, Montana, tells The Takeaway why the city used to ask new hires to fill out a form providing the usernames and passwords to their social networking accounts — and why it stopped that practice. Chandlee Bryan is a career coach, former recruiter, and author of the “Twitter Job Search Guide.”

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Transportation Nation

NY Ports Chief Calls Docks Bastions of Discrimination, Vows Action

Friday, February 24, 2012

Red Hook, Brooklyn. (Photo (cc) by Flickr user f.trainer)

The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to use the agency's clout as landlord to get more dock workers of color hired.

Patrick Foye said, "I regret having to say it, but the docks at our ports on both the New York and New Jersey side appear to be one of the last bastions in the region of what can only be described as  deliberate racial and gender discrimination."

He said that dock workers are approximately 85 percent white and over 90 percent male, citing statistics from the Waterfront Commission. "This is not acceptable," Foye told union members and academics gathered for an NYU event about low pay rates for airport workers Wednesday.

Foye also called the racial and gender homogeneity of dock workers, "inexcusable inertia with respect to fair and diverse hiring." The PA head, who is took his post in November, promised strong action. The Port Authority owns the docks and leases the property to freight shipping and other companies.

"I intend to use every tool at our disposal," he said, "including leases with new customers, lease extensions and modifications with our existing customers, and most importantly, conditioning the Port Authority's future investments of billions of dollars in improvements on first reaching acceptable, concrete and enforceable, diversity hiring plans."

The International Longshoremen's Association, the union representing workers at the port of New York and New Jersey, controls hiring for new dock workers. At hearings last year, the ILA argued that they could not find sufficient non-white candidates for stevedore positions. The ILA did not return TN's requests for comment.

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WNYC News

Federal Judge Orders Monitor to Oversee FDNY Hiring

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

A federal judge in New York wants an independent monitor to oversee the FDNY's hiring and recruiting practices.

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WNYC News

Judge Says Appointee Should Handle FDNY Claims Process Following Discrimination Suit

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A federal judge who deemed the FDNY's entrance exam racially-discriminatory has issued new guidelines to speed up a claims process that could provide compensation for thousands of fire department candidates who allege discriminatory hiring practices.

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The Takeaway

Kaplan Accused of Discriminatory Hiring Practices with Credit Checks

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Lenders typically ask to access someone's credit scores in order to see what kind of loans they have paid back in the past. Agreeing to a credit check has become an expected part of preparing to lease a car, buy a house or rent an apartment. But did you know a potential employer may also check your credit score before you get hired?

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WNYC News

Federal Judge Blocks City from Hiring Firefighters

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Brooklyn judge has ruled the city cannot hire new firefighters, unless it does so under one of his five hiring proposals. Judge Nicholas Garaufis issued proposals last month to allow the FDNY to hire recruits from an entrance exam he ruled discriminatory. The city has already rejected all of the hiring proposals.

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WNYC News

City Will Attempt To Close Budget Gap with Hiring Freeze

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that the city is planning to implement a city-wide hiring freeze in an effort to close a more than $3 billion budget deficit for the coming fiscal year 2012, which begins July 1, 2011.

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WNYC News

Judge to Rule on FDNY Hiring Practices

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Whether a 2007 exam administered by the Fire Department was racially discriminatory will be the subject of a hearing in Brooklyn federal court today.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Covering the Job Market: Help Wanted

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You hear the numbers everyday: unemployment hovers over ten percent. Millions of Americans are out of work. We all get the scope and the magnitude of the situation, but we need to understand the impact on the individual. In the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be unemployed for over a year? What does it take to walk away from a job in this economy? How do you survive the crushing competition or navigate complicated procedures?

The Brian Lehrer Show is very pleased to introduce five job seekers who will help us explore the job market in this tough economy. These five have pledged to share with all of us the good and the bad moments on their journey to a new job. Their introductions are below. Their stories, as well as discussions, advice and helpful links, will remain on a new page in Facebook dedicated to this project. It's called Help Wanted. You can follow along and respond to the authors there.

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Naomi
Commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation

I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents, refugees from Germany and Poland, had first landed in New York and attended college here. I moved to the city on my own when I was nineteen, but spent long stints away before I settled down and became an attorney. I worked for an American exhibit traveling in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Tashkent, Irkutsk, and Tbilisi), as a Russian-speaking resettlement counselor in Boston, and for the U.S. State Department program that admitted refugees from the USSR. My most recent position was as recoupment counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, a fortune 500 company. The carrier issues policies on property titles when there is a sale, so we were very hard hit by the recession. In January, 2009, the company announced that it was closing its claims offices in midtown Manhattan, Buffalo, Chicago, and New Jersey. I was laid off along with almost all the other counsel in those offices. Prior to Fidelity, I practiced motor vehicle accident litigation, mainly writing and arguing motions and appeals.

One good thing that has come out of my layoff is that I have been able to spend more time with my three daughters. Also, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer attorney for the city and the state. I did research and writing in the chambers of a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who handles international commercial litigation, represented low-income New Yorkers in court, sat as a volunteer arbitrator in small claims court, and did research for a city agency. Even though I don't have a paying job, on good days, I still get a thrill out of being at the heart of life in New York.

Alyson
Fashion Design

I am a 25 year old assistant fashion designer for a vendor in New York City. Disappointed with my employment, I am currently seeking a new job or possibly a new career. When I lived in Ohio, I had very high aspirations to move to New York City and work for major designer labels. When I was laid off from a large corporate brand in Ohio, it pushed me to move to the city earlier than I had planned. Employment opportunities in the fashion industry were already sluggish when I graduated college in 2007. Determined to remain in the fashion industry, I have worked for two less than satisfactory companies.

I started actively seeking employment five months ago and have not yet received one reply or interview. Quitting is not an option in this economy, so I remain employed. In the past year, I have attended resume and portfolio

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