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Aug 28, 2015

Stigma, discrimination, lack of laws hamper transgender employees

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – When the White House announced
last week that it had hired its first transgender staff member,
the move was hailed as a milestone in the fight for equality for
one of the most marginalized groups in the U.S. workforce.

But with transgenders having double the jobless rate of the
general population – and transgender people of color up to four
times the national rate – advocates say the hiring is only one
step in an uphill battle against the discrimination, stigma and
lack of legal protection that hamper their joining the workforce
and gaining positions of influence.

Aug 26, 2015

Love them or loathe them, emails are here to stay -survey

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – If seeing an inbox full of
hundreds of emails fills you with dread, get used to it, because
they are here to stay and will remain a constant in the
workplace, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Despite the popularity of instant messaging, texting and
social media, the poll showed that email is the top
communications tool at work and will grow in importance over the
next five years.

Aug 18, 2015

Internships: to pay or not to pay?

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For young people trying to get a foot on the career ladder, internships offer valuable experience.

But lawsuits are mounting that claim the often unpaid positions violate U.S. labor laws, prompting experts to call for changes.

Aug 10, 2015

Longer time off for U.S. parents welcome, but bosses must lead the way

NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Better paid leave for new
parents is long overdue in the United States, and executives
must lead by example to persuade hard-working, vacation-averse
Americans to take advantage of such a benefit, family and
employment experts said on Monday.

Software maker Adobe Systems Inc on Monday became
the third company in a week to expand its benefits, doubling
maternity leave to 26 weeks to increase diversity in its
workforce and give parents more time with their

Aug 10, 2015

Adobe joins tech industry push in raising maternity, parental leave

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Software company Adobe Systems Inc. (ADBE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it is doubling the maternity leave it grants, making it the third company in the U.S. technology industry in a week to give new parents more paid time off.

New mothers at the California-based firm will receive 26 weeks of paid leave, up from 12 weeks, and primary care givers and new parents will get 16 weeks of paid parental leave.

Aug 6, 2015

Body-building supplement overuse signals new male eating disorder

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Low-self esteem, poor body image and a perception of not meeting the modern ideal of masculinity are driving more men to consume over-the-counter body-building supplements, constituting what researchers believe is an emerging eating disorder.

Supplements such as whey protein, creatine and L-cartinine are used to improve athletic performance and physique and are sold in grocery stores, vitamin shops and online.

Aug 4, 2015

Young fathers face raised health risks in middle age: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) – First-time dads in their early 20s may have the energy and agility to keep up with their young children, but a new study shows early fatherhood can pose perils later in life.

Research by Finnish researchers showed that becoming a father before the age of 25 is linked to a higher chance of dying in middle age.

Jul 31, 2015

Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows

NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – Playing team sports and
exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for
women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and
other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday.

Researchers who analyzed how often women exercised while in
their teens found that being active for just 1.3 hours a week
had a positive impact as they got older.

Jul 7, 2015

Checking work emails at home? It’s part of the job for most Americans

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Checking emails at home is just part of the job for most Americans, who would also prefer to receive money rather than more paid vacation or sick days, according to a poll.

More than half of adults questioned in a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey said monitoring emails outside office hours was routine, compared to 38 percent who said it was unnecessary.

Jun 30, 2015

Misty Copeland leaps past racial barrier in U.S. ballet

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Misty Copeland on Tuesday became the first African-American female principal ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in the dance company’s 75-year history.

Copeland, 32, joined American Ballet Theatre in 2001 and has been a soloist with the prestigious company since 2007.

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      "I am based in New York where I run the Reuters Lifestyle service, coordinating, editing and writing stories on topics ranging from family, food and fitness to travel, health and work issues in the Americas. Previously I worked in London as the European Health and Science correspondent and as a reporter covering legal, political and general news in Britain."
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