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  • US labor market still struggles amid COVID-19 resurgence!

    US labor market still struggles amid COVID-19 resurgence!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Aug 2020

    While there has been a decline in the number of Americans who sought jobless benefits, there is a staggering 31.3 million people who received unemployment checks in mid-July. The current market scenario suggested the labor market was stalling as the country battled a resurgence in new COVID-19 cases that is threatened a budding economy recovery. Another report on the market revealed a surge of 54% in job cuts that were announced by employers in July.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • Scotts agrees for $3.1 million settlement claim over workweek fluctuations!

    Scotts agrees for $3.1 million settlement claim over workweek fluctuations!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Aug 2020

    In another incident the Scotts Co. had agreed to pay about $3.1 million as a settlement claim to put a rest to the state and federal wage and hour claims by lawn care workers in various states. According to the lawsuit filed by the workers – who provided lawn care services to the Scotts’ customers – alleged that the employer misapplied the ‘fluctuating workweek’ method in paying the wages. Thus violating the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

     

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  • New Jersey's faces lawsuit for federal law violation!

    New Jersey's faces lawsuit for federal law violation!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Aug 2020

    Another lawsuit filed, this time to help the workers of New Jersey. In a recent development, a business-backed group had filed a lawsuit that claimed New Jersey’s new law – which required employers to give workers more advanced notice before laying them off – violated the federal law that governed employee benefits. 

     

    read more at Reuters
  • Federal judge approves disparate treatment suit for $75K!

    Federal judge approves disparate treatment suit for $75K!

    News by Editorial Team 06 Aug 2020

    In a recent development a federal judge approved a settlement of $75,000 between UPS Freight and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC), which resolved the agency’s claims that UPS demonstrated disparate treatment toward drivers with disabilities who temporarily sought non-driving work. According to the lawsuit, EEOC had also challenged a collective bargaining agreement between UPS Freight and the Teamsters ‘under which drivers with disabilities could be reassigned to non-driving work for medical reasons but with 10% less rates as compared to drivers reassigned for non-medical reasons.

     

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  • US market recovery seems to be slow: Report!

    US market recovery seems to be slow: Report!

    News by Editorial Team 06 Aug 2020

    The recent reports by Labor Department reveal disturbing facts. The reports revealed that far fewer hiring as expected in July because companies had exhausted loans to help with wages and new COVID-19 infections flared up across the country. The entire situation supported the view that the nascent economy recovery was faltering. The reports revealed that there had been a sharp decline in the job growth in July, however, there was other data that showed services sector gained momentum as the new orders raced to a record high, but a sharp decline in hiring.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • 'Workforce training' a must for California employers!

    'Workforce training' a must for California employers!

    News by Editorial Team 06 Aug 2020

    According to the COVID-19 Employer Playbook for a Safe Reopening, issued by the California Department of Public Health, dated 31 July 2020, workforce training is one of the seven elements California employers must include in their preparedness, response, and control plans for coronavirus. The guideline also emphasized that plans must also include identification of areas and job tasks with potential exposure risk and control measures for such risks. The training aims to impart the basic knowledge about COVID-19. The guideline also emphasized that employer education should cover safety measures like social distancing, handwashing, and mask-wearing practices.

     

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  • Exxon intends to suspend retirement plans to save cost!

    Exxon intends to suspend retirement plans to save cost!

    News by Editorial Team 05 Aug 2020

    In an internal memo, Exxon Mobil Corp informed the employees, it would start suspending the employer match to retirement savings plans beginning in early October. The company shared the information on Tuesday. According to a copy of message, the move is aimed to reduce various costs. 

     

    read more at Reuters
  • Federal judge strikes down DOL regulations!

    Federal judge strikes down DOL regulations!

    News by Editorial Team 05 Aug 2020

    According to a federal judge ruling, various features of the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulations implementing the paid-leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) had exceeded the agency’s authority under federal law. The struck-down DOL regulations include the final rule’s work-availability requirement; it’s definition of ‘health care provider’ for the purposes of excluding certain healthcare sector employees from emergency leave benefits among others.

     

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  • Walmart to pay $20m to settle claims over physical ability tests!

    Walmart to pay $20m to settle claims over physical ability tests!

    News by Editorial Team 05 Aug 2020

    In a recent development related to Walmart Inc, the retail giant had agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims over physical ability tests. The retail giant had come under scanner by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over its practice of giving the applicants at grocery warehouses physical ability tests across the country. Thus making it more difficult for women to find a job with Walmart.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • New medical rule by OSHA is a 'mixed bag' for employers!

    New medical rule by OSHA is a 'mixed bag' for employers!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Aug 2020

    According to the new and final rule published by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it has revised the rules that determine how agency personnel would obtain and use personally-identifiable employee medical information. The rule was published on 30 July, 2020. According to the new rule OSHA’s medical records officer would now approve written medical access orders.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Airlines seek additional federal aid to avoid layoffs!

    Airlines seek additional federal aid to avoid layoffs!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Aug 2020

    In order to avoid layoffs that are looming ahead for airlines this fall, the unions and airlines seek additional federal aid. Airlines earlier had received $32 billion in federal payroll support in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. The aid had prohibited job cuts through 30th September, however, there has been no rebound, and the labor union of airlines started pushing for an extension of $32 billion in federal aid to preserve jobs.

     

    read more at CNBC
  • Court withholds disciplinary bias claims of a Walmart worker!

    Court withholds disciplinary bias claims of a Walmart worker!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Aug 2020

    In a recent ruling by a federal district court, it was brought to the notice that an aspiring Walmart manager didn’t apply for the position above assistant manager was not detrimental to her career. One, Sarah Hernandez, who worked for several Illinois Walmart stores, began her career as an associate and moved up the ladder by obtaining promotions like department manager and manager in training program (MIT). Hernandez claimed that post her MIT program her manager treated her differently from the male managers and made her clear that he would not support further promotions.

     

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  • Norfolk Southern pays $2.5 million to settle disability bias lawsuit!

    Norfolk Southern pays $2.5 million to settle disability bias lawsuit!

    News by Editorial Team 03 Aug 2020

    In a recent lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it accused Norfolk Southern Corporation and Norfolk Southern Railway Company of a wide range of unlawful behavior against employees and job applicants under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Thirty-seven employees would receive monetary relief as per the lawsuit settlement.

     

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  • Chevron reports $8.3 billion quarterly loss!

    Chevron reports $8.3 billion quarterly loss!

    News by Editorial Team 03 Aug 2020

    In a recent report shared by Chevron Corp, it revealed about $8.3 billion quarterly loss, its largest in at least three decades. With this loss Chevron had joined its rival oil producers in writing down billions of dollars in assets due to plunging demand for fuel. Chevron’s oil and gas production writedowns added up to $5.6 billion.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • Verizon to groom 500K individuals for 'jobs of the future!'

    Verizon to groom 500K individuals for 'jobs of the future!'

    News by Editorial Team 03 Aug 2020

    In a recent announcement made by Verizon, it was revealed that the company would groom and prepare about 500,000 individuals for jobs of the future through extensive skills training and mentorship by 2030. The announcement was made on 14 July, 2020. According to the announcement the move is aimed as a part of a broader initiative – Citizen Verizon – a set of targets in support of business, environmental, and social advancement. The statement also stated that the initiative contained specific plans that addressed digital inclusion, climate protection, and prosperity.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • McDonald's restaurants fined for child labor law violations!

    McDonald's restaurants fined for child labor law violations!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Jul 2020

    In a recent investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), it was found that 12 McDonald’s restaurants in North Carolina would pay $17,586 for alleged child labor law violations. The facts were revealed in an announcement made on 21 July 2020. According to the announcement, Mt Airy Partners, the operator of the restaurants had employed 35 workers who were under 14 and 15 years old violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

     

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  • GreenPath Financial Wellness gets a new chief people officer!

    GreenPath Financial Wellness gets a new chief people officer!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Jul 2020

    In a recent development, GreenPath Financial Wellness – a nonprofit organization offering financial counseling and debt management services – welcomes Susan Murphy as Chief People officer. Susan, in her new role would build on GreenPath’s strong culture of empathy, compassion, meaning and impact, fostering a culture that is inclusive and connects people to be their whole selves at work.

     

    read more at Bloomberg
  • Exxon prepares job cuts to save dividend!

    Exxon prepares job cuts to save dividend!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Jul 2020

    According to the reliable sources, Exxon Mobil Corp is prepared for deep spending and job cuts, as it fights to preserve an 8% shareholder dividend with a multi-billion-dollar quarterly loss looming. Currently, there is no clear indication how extensive would be the cuts. It should be noted the largest US oil company had cut this year’s budget by 30% in April, however, the chief executive Darren Woods’s turnaround through rebounding demand and increased asset sales didn’t panned out and losses were climbing.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • FedEx worker rendered unqualified for ADA protection!

    FedEx worker rendered unqualified for ADA protection!

    News by Editorial Team 30 Jul 2020

    A FedEx worker in a recent ruling was rendered unqualified for a job because of her lifting restrictions and hence was also ineligible for the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) protections. The worker had challenged her termination that was followed by an injury due to which a doctor had limit her regular overhead lifting to no more than 15 pounds.

     

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  • Nike appoints new chief diversity, talent officer!

    Nike appoints new chief diversity, talent officer!

    News by Editorial Team 30 Jul 2020

    In a recent announcement made by Nike on Tuesday, the sportswear giant revealed its current chief diversity and inclusion officer – Kellie Leonard – would be leaving the company to ‘pursue other interests’ after 18 years of working at Nike in numerous roles. Felicia Mayo would be replacing Leonard and she would take over the role with a new title as chief talent, diversity, and culture officer. According to the statement the change in the role aims to constitute a new way of approaching diversity and inclusion at Nike.

     

    read more at HRDIVE

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