Public vs Private Unions: What’s the Difference?

This article originally appeared on stephenkoppekin.net on July 25, 2017. While their methods may be fundamentally similar, public and private unions each serve a distinct realm of the economy. Private unions represent the interests of workers in the private sector, which is made up of members who work in non-governmental industries. These unions seek to … More Public vs Private Unions: What’s the Difference?

Safely Donating to Charity: Tips for Avoiding Scams and Other Pitfalls

This article originally appeared on stephenkoppekin.net on July 25, 2017. Giving a bit of your good fortune to a philanthropic or charitable organization is one of the simplest ways to spread prosperity. Whether your passion rests in fighting diseases, hunger in your community, helping people learn to read and get an education, or solving any … More Safely Donating to Charity: Tips for Avoiding Scams and Other Pitfalls

How the Gig Economy is Transforming Work

Like it has most facets of life, the internet is shifting our approach to work; in particular, employment-based websites and mobile apps are changing the way many workers locate and perform jobs. Increasingly accessible digital marketplaces are giving rise to a so-called “gig-economy” in which employees are conscripted on-demand, often digitally, to complete independent projects … More How the Gig Economy is Transforming Work

How to Pass on Philanthropy to the Next Generation

It’s never too soon to introduce children to giving. While children raised in philanthropically-oriented families are more likely to continue giving as adults; it’s critical to outline the purpose and tradition of giving. This proves to be the most effective way to encourage younger generations to continue giving to causes they support. Take a look … More How to Pass on Philanthropy to the Next Generation

Looking Back on the Great Coal Strike of 1902

In the early 1900s, the most widespread method for heating homes was by burning anthracite coal–also known as “hard” coal–which could be found in abundance in Pennsylvania. The coal mining industry employed hundreds of thousands of workers, and by the turn of the twentieth century, many of them had organized into unions, such as the … More Looking Back on the Great Coal Strike of 1902

Humor in the Workplace: What Managers Should Know

When in a work environment, it can be easy to rely on humor to create and maintain working relationships with your employees. While certain environments will permit humor more than others, it’s critical that a company’s leadership team has a firm handle on what is and what is not acceptable. Most managers will agree: A … More Humor in the Workplace: What Managers Should Know

Executive Orders Change Requirements for Federal Government Workers

Stephen Koppekin has specialized in resolving and negotiating employment issues for over forty years, using his vast knowledge of comparative economics, law, and dispute resolution to support him.  Stephen enjoys writing about the latest labor topics on his websites. — The Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors and Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive … More Executive Orders Change Requirements for Federal Government Workers

Why All States Should Follow California’s Private Information (PI) Definition

Last year, companies like LinkedIn and Yahoo had their fair share of data breaches. I could list a handful of additional data breaches, but the problem is clear — over the past few years, there has definitely been a problem with keeping user’s private information (PI) private. … More Why All States Should Follow California’s Private Information (PI) Definition