The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration) or WPA was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
But the WPA didn’t just employ workers to build bridges and roads. It also put artists to work designing and painting murals and posters.
A UK-based workplace law consultancy, Protecting.co.uk, has been gathering bizarre stories of employee dismissals, from the points of view of the workers and the managers who had to write out those pink slips.
While you can be fired for any number of reasons, it's obvious in most of these cases why the employee's services were no longer needed.
The 2014 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index found that the most disabling workplace injuries and illnesses in 2012 amounted to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers’ compensation costs. That’s right: $60 billion in direct costs to U.S. businesses.
Temperatures are plummeting across the country, some going as low as 40 below zero with wind chills. Even residents in states such as Florida and Georgia who normally don’t experience extreme cold are feeling winter’s bite.
Regardless of where you live, most of us likely will be exposed to severe winter weather at some point in our lives. Here are some sobering facts about cold weather’s impact on us: