Contemporary workplaces are changing. Private equity models inform stretch targets and strategic plans. Operational restructures and financially engineered turnarounds now occur in mid-market firms and government departments. Contractors and outsourcing mean a more diverse workforce. Boston University professor David Weil – now the Obama Administration’s first Wage and Hour Administrator – offers a well-researched and at times confronting analysis in The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014) of the impact on wages and workers’ standard of living. Weil’s book will give you some of the labor economics context for the firm and industry restructures that now occur in finance, higher education, logistics, and service industries.