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I cover job hunting, workplace issues, business and tech. I'm also a contract editor and strategist on business and finance content projects for publishers, brands and agencies.

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A baby boomer goes job hunting

Ruth Gueta is no shrinking violet. Originally from South Africa, she moved to the United States to start a new life. She ran a catering company in Texas before falling in love with Orange County beaches, settling here 13 years ago and opening a second catering business. She’s run marathons...

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Abercrombie ruling means employers must tread carefully in job interviews

A U.S. Supreme Court's ruling allowed a Muslim woman to pursue a discrimination claim against the retailer for refusing to hire her because of her religious headscarf.

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Achy? Go home sick, you'll still get paid. It's the law

A new California law that took effect July 1 2015 requires employers there to offer employees an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

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Back in job market? Tools, rules, interviews have changed

If you're looking for work for the first time in a few years, get ready for a wake-up call. Times have changed....

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Breakfast, taco bars, tri-tip? These Orange County businesses offer in-work dining options: catered, free and beyond

That old saying that the heart of a home is the kitchen now applies to the office, too.Companies are making kitchens and in-office dining areas the hub of their workplaces to help employees meet and mingle, boost morale – and, oh yeah, feed people.The trend is evident from photos and...

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Can Cupid find you a job? eHarmony thinks so

The online dating site eHarmony wants to find you a love match – with your next employer.The new-age Cupid is harnessing its technology to build a job-matching service called Elevated Careers by eHarmony, which the company expects to begin rolling out to select job seekers in late March and make...

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Career lessons from Weird Al

At the ripe old age of 54, “Weird Al” Yankovic is supposed to be a has-been. Guess somebody forgot to tell him. Yankovic scored the first No.1 album of his career in July with the release of “Mandatory Fun,” dishing up more of the popular song parodies that have been...

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Employees told to go home – and work

Tina Kalogeropoulos was more than a little apprehensive about plans her boss at PeopleG2 had to switch from operating the business from a physical office to running a near-virtual enterprise in which almost everyone worked from home....

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Family-friendly policies allow more fathers to help with newborns

When Mark Surmanian's wife had a baby in August, he took three weeks off at full pay to be with his family during those first discombobulating days and nights....

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Forecasts for 2020 suggest where SoCal's hottest jobs will be

If you’re happily employed but finally feeling confident enough about the job market to look around for other work – or you’re a college student deciding on a major – you’d do well to direct your efforts toward jobs expected to grow the fastest in Southern California over the next...

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Job hunt heats up as military winds down

Walmart, Starbucks, Verizon and other big companies have publicly committed to hiring men and women leaving the military as the government downsizes troop levels. The White House says corporate partners of its three-year-old Joining Forces campaign have hired more than half a million vets and their spouses....

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Job hunting? Drop the phone, shake a hand

You’ve got scads of online friends and followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. But how good are you at working a room full of flesh-and-blood business contacts? Networking face-to-face still plays a huge part in the world of work, so if you’re job hunting or looking to advance...

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Job seekers can expect more hires, fewer benefits

Fallon faces minefields replacing Leno on 'Tonight Show'. By MICHELLE V. RAFTER / FOR THE REGISTER. Published: Dec. 23, 2013 Updated: 11:32 a.m. ......

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On the Job: Companies are embracing wellness programs

Linda Endo loves her company’s employee wellness program. In the past few years, the lunchtime fitness classes and personal trainer the program offers helped her lose 35 pounds, enough to avoid major knee surgery.Her company, Kofax Ltd., loves the wellness program, too.Helping employees like Endo stay healthy is good for...

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On the Job: Keeping work data safe from hackers

The Sony hack infamously leaked catty emails between movie executives dissing Hollywood stars and temporarily halted the release of “The Interview,” which is now screening online and in theaters.When hackers attacked Sony, they also leaked mountains of employee data, including medical records, Social Security numbers and bank account information.That, workplace...