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 On this edition of Up to Date we look at two approaches to being happy with what you do: finding a way to make your passion your work, or making better decisions in the job you have.

Guests:

Freelance Exchange of KC

America's 53 million freelancers are their own bosses, but face not having health insurance and job security. Up to Date looks at the pros and cons of freelance work and organizations that provide support for independent workers. 

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill allowing more workers compensation claims for firefighters and law enforcement officers.

Previously, emergency responders had not been able to collect workers compensation for heart attacks or strokes.

More than 40 years ago, Kansas rewrote workers compensation laws. Part of that created a rule that said a worker couldn't collect workers comp for heart attacks or strokes related to their job unless it was caused by an unusually high level of exertion that isn't normally required for the job.

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Office holiday parties are in full swing in Kansas City.

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Tell KCUR: What are the dos and don’ts at holiday office parties?

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We live in a wired, digital world where our work is as portable as a smartphone or tablet. It’s tempting to check our email or reply to a message when we should be more focused on ‘living in the moment.' For many people, the work week is stretched far beyond the typical 40-hours per week. But in a fast-paced work environment, how does one rationalize between putting food on the table, and still being able to enjoy life?

What is balance?

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A boss can make or break a job. Lack of manager training, promoting for the wrong reasons, and even personal character flaws have resulted in multiple "bad bosses" making the work environment for many stressful, or even toxic. According to an American Psychological Association survey, three-fourths of Americans suffer from workplace stress. And that stress can take a toll.

A few weeks after the end of the 2013 legislative session, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones offered a report card to Springfield residents. It was one of 17 planned stops this week throughout southern Missouri.

The Republican from Eureka used two large poster boards displaying various legislative accomplishments as talking points. Among them were the approval of bills for paycheck protection, prevailing wage, and reform of the financially troubled Second Injury Fund, of which the Speaker says he’s most proud.

The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bring the state’s workplace discrimination standard in line with the federal one.

Under the bill, discrimination would have to be a motivating factor in wrongful actions taken against employees, instead of a contributing factor as it is now under Missouri law. 

The bill was sponsored by Republican Kevin Elmer of Christian County.

“We’re bringing it into accordance by alleviating employers from being trapped in litigation for months and months and years on end.  We will still will punish the wrongdoer.”

Why Do We Work?

Sep 12, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, special guest host Brian Ellison talks with psychologist Dr. Bruce Liese about the meaning of work.

Why do we work? Are we searching for more than a job, more than a paycheck? How does one find their “calling?” Plus, we’ll discuss the role that the modern-day office job plays in the development of personal relationships.

Politics in the Workplace

Jul 12, 2012
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Are there legal repercussions for political expression in the workplace? Find out, as we talk with lawyer Brian Finucane, who specializes in labor and employment law.

Missouri Senators propose fix for blind pension funding.  A Missouri House committee hears a stripped-down version of a workplace discrimination bill.  Advocacy groups call for Missouri to raise more revenue with a bake sale.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from  KCUR.

A newcomer upsets an education veteran for a spot on the Kansas City School Board, Cass County voters pass a half-cent sales tax to upgrade emergency dispatch systems, and more election results and headlines from KCUR.

According to a Kansas City Star article by sportswriter Kent Babb, "secrecy, intimidation, fear and a watchful eye have become hallmarks of working for the Chiefs."

Misbehaving In The Workplace

Jan 9, 2012
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Cliques, harassment, inappropriate jokes... It's no wonder getting up to go to work can be work.

On Monday's Central Standard: a discussion about conflict and misbehavior on the job with Dr. Bruce Liese.