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  • New York announces an end of tipped wages across industries

    New York announces an end of tipped wages across industries

    News by Editorial Team 08 Jan 2020

    According to an announcement from Governor Cuomo’s office, New York state would be eliminating subminimum wages for tipped employees across miscellaneous industries statewide. As per the announcement the change would be done in two phases. The first phase would see the difference between minimum wage and current tip wages halved on June 30, 2020, and completely eliminated by December 31, 2020. The change would affect more than 70,000 people in various jobs including but not restricting to nail and salon workers, car wash workers, and other employees who come under the tipped employees' category.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Finland PM floats Four-day week idea for workers!

    Finland PM floats Four-day week idea for workers!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Jan 2020

    As the new Finnish PM Sanna Marin floats the idea of the four-day week, the critics were ready to criticize the idea of reduced working hours. The reduced work hours boost productivity, reduces carbon footprint and overall make the employees healthy and happy. A study by Henley Business School revealed that about 77% of employees felt that a four-day week would improve their life quality.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • New age employees prefer hybrid workplaces

    New age employees prefer hybrid workplaces

    News by Editorial Team 07 Jan 2020

    The survey by Olivet University strengthened the idea that technology drives office transition trends. It also threw light on the preferences of new-age employees opting for an eclectic mix of both open and private spaces. However, in a recent survey by Zapier, it was revealed that the traditional office space – a closed-in office or a cubicle – would become obsolete by 2030. The Zapier survey also mentioned that employers who wish to redesign their office spaces, they need to keep into account the diverse needs of their employees.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Introverts underplayed in leadership roles: Myers-Briggs

    Introverts underplayed in leadership roles: Myers-Briggs

    News by Editorial Team 07 Jan 2020

    According to the latest research by Myers-Briggs Company released on January 2, 2020, it threw interesting insights. The research revealed how introverts at workplaces are underestimated and often overlooked for leadership positions. As per the findings, the company found that about 57% of respondents claimed to be introverted, however, only 39% of respondents in the US identified as introverts. The company research revealed that it was a myth that leaders should be extraverts. In fact, the research emphasized on the importance of leaders to be able to represent their followers.  

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Probable recession & retention – two major concerns of CEOs in 2020

    Probable recession & retention – two major concerns of CEOs in 2020

    News by Editorial Team 06 Jan 2020

    In a recent global survey from the Conference Board revealed that C-suite executives and CEOs cited the impending recession and attracting & retaining top talent as two of the major concerns – both internally and externally – in 2020. The survey further revealed that irrespective of the size and location of the organization – talent attraction & retention would be the number 1 internal stressors in the new year. The respondents, also revealed that they plan to counteract their concerns ‘by developing more innovative cultures and new business models.’ Other internal & external concerns include equal pay, preparing next-gen leaders and building a more inclusive work culture.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Lowe's to hire 53K seasonal workers with walk-in hire events!

    Lowe's to hire 53K seasonal workers with walk-in hire events!

    News by Editorial Team 06 Jan 2020

    According to the January 2 announcement by Lowe’s Companies, Inc., the organization plans to hire more than 53,000 workers for both full-time and part-time positions this spring in its 1,700 US stores. The company in its announcement said that it would hold walk-in events for candidates and the deserving candidate may receive on-the-spot job offers as well. The event is likely to begin from January 8 in the states that would expect Spring weather soonest. The announcement also revealed that both full and part-time hires would have access to the benefits including career advancement and development.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • A significant surge in hourly wages for small businesses – Paychex survey!

    A significant surge in hourly wages for small businesses – Paychex survey!

    News by Editorial Team 06 Jan 2020

    As per the data from Paychex that was released on December 31, the second half of 2019 witnessed a significant surge in the hourly wages at small businesses. The findings also revealed that the small businesses have increased their workers’ hours, which has resulted in December representing the strongest gain since 2012. Marin Mucci, Paychex president, and CEO believes that an increase in hours for existing employees is “sure sign employers are responding to the pressures of the tight labor market.”

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Amazon issues threats to employees voicing opinion on climate crisis

    Amazon issues threats to employees voicing opinion on climate crisis

    News by Editorial Team 03 Jan 2020

    ‘Speak on climate crisis as an Amazon employee, be ready to face the consequences’ – Amazon threatens its employees. In a recent incident where one Maren Costa – a UX principal designer with Amazon – spoke to the media that called for the retail giant to do more to tackle the impending climate crisis. Amazon threatened to fire employees after their public announcement of ‘climate pledge’ in September. According to the plan, Amazon would use 100% renewable energy by 2030 and aims to become carbon-neutral by 2040. 

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • Ageism is widespread bias in organizations globally

    Ageism is widespread bias in organizations globally

    News by Editorial Team 03 Jan 2020

    Age discrimination is the last accepted bias in the US; yet it is present, accepted and even tolerated especially in large organizations. According to an AARP investigation, it was revealed that the age discrimination is common in three basic areas: hiring – whereby organizations target young workers through job ad language; on-job situations – where the old workers are harassed owing to the misconceptions about the lack of their tech and other skills; firing – another area where old workers are targeted based on again false perceptions about their salaries and contributions to the organization. The report also revealed that age discrimination is tolerated largely due to weak laws protecting older workers as compared to other forms of biases prevalent in the corporate world.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Apple conducts free genetic screenings for employees

    Apple conducts free genetic screenings for employees

    News by Editorial Team 03 Jan 2020

    According to a report by CNBC, Apple would be conducting free genetic screening tests for its employees in its Cupertino, California headquarters. The report revealed that the program would allow Apple employees to receive free genetic screening for diseases from the on-site health clinics at Apple. The sources told CNBC that Apple views this program as a good recruiting and retention tool. CNBC report further revealed that the pilot is being offered in association with Color Genomics – a population health technology company that offers genetics tests and analysis.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • HR nous plays a decisive role in CEO's tech ambitions!

    HR nous plays a decisive role in CEO's tech ambitions!

    News by Editorial Team 02 Jan 2020

    HR plays an important role in ensuring that the talent their organization seeks is easily available. In the future, only those organizations would be able to thrive and succeed that have given their HR department a free rein to attract, hire and retain the top tech talent floating in the market. Whether CEOs would be able to fulfill their tech ambitions would solely depend on their HR professionals. Usually, a department with a limited scope, the modern HR department has professionals who are tech and data-savvy and know how to best make use of the latest technologies to wield out the desired results.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • New year spells continuous growth for HR tech industry!

    New year spells continuous growth for HR tech industry!

    News by Editorial Team 02 Jan 2020

    Growth and evolution are the two terms that would continue to relate with the HR tech industry in 2020 as well. According to industry experts, as the new players enter the market, organizations would turn to technology for further efficiency and productivity gains. In addition, the venture capitalists would remain enticed by the promising HR tech firms. Josh Bersin, an industry analyst in his recent article mentioned that HR software would continue to be ‘white-hot,’ in part because organizations operating in ‘talent-constrained environments’ would seek to invest in tools that would aid them in making better recruitment decisions; develop and support their workforce. 

     

    read more at SHRM
  • New year to ring in rise in minimum wages in 21 US states

    New year to ring in rise in minimum wages in 21 US states

    News by Editorial Team 31 Dec 2019

    Starting January 1, 2020, 21 states in the US would see a rise in the minimum wages; states like Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada, and Oregon would see an increase in the minimum wage in the latter part of the year. According to the research carried out by Paycor, it was revealed that about 42% of the surveyed organizations reported negative feelings about their compliance with management practices, partly due to limited resources and partly due to frequent changes in the minimum wage laws along with paid sick leave and pay equity laws.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Uber challenges California gig worker law, calls it unconstitutional

    Uber challenges California gig worker law, calls it unconstitutional

    News by Editorial Team 31 Dec 2019

    According to the lawsuit filed on Monday by Uber Technologies Inc. and other services along with other app-based companies have asked the US court to block a California labor law that would go in effect from January 1, 2020. The lawsuit stated that the bill violates the US constitution and is a veiled attempt to target the gig economies that rely heavily on the contractual workforce as compared to the full-time employees. The office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in his statement on Monday said that they are reviewing the complaint. It seems the bill – AB5 – faces numerous legal challenges. 

     

    read more at Reuters
  • New overtime rule in 2020 may wreak havoc with employers

    New overtime rule in 2020 may wreak havoc with employers

    News by Editorial Team 30 Dec 2019

    The Department of Labor (DOL) would be reeling out anew overtime rule from January 1, 2020. According to DOL, this new overtime rule would ensure that about 1.3 million new workers are eligible for overtime pay. What it implies for employers is that starting January 1, 2020, the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) threshold would be increasing to $35,568 annually, or $684 weekly from the previous salary threshold of $23,660 per year, or $455 per week. Thus adding previously exempted employees into the nonexempt employee category.

     

    read more at Forbes
  • Walt Disney employees file complaint for indecent groping by tourists

    Walt Disney employees file complaint for indecent groping by tourists

    News by Editorial Team 30 Dec 2019

    The Walt Disney Company is in the news again and this time it is the character staff of Walt Disney World that took the center-stage and report indecent groping by the tourists. The Walt Disney World employees portraying the popular characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck, each filed a police complaint in December, stating that they were touched inappropriately by the tourists. The incidents came to light when one 51-year-old man was arrested in November after a complaint by an employee portraying a Disney princess. Andrea Finger, a Disney spokesperson said that Disney encourages cast members to come forward and report any incident where they don’t feel safe while portraying Disney characters.

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • Workers don't switch off on holidays

    Workers don't switch off on holidays

    News by Editorial Team 27 Dec 2019

    Contrary to the idea of holidays that workers revel in the festivities and not engage in office-related work during their off time, more than 50% of workers don’t switch off, Fortune reports. The issue now is: how do you encourage people to disconnect? According to a LinkedIn survey conducted among 2,000 office workers, 51% of workers have been contacted by colleagues or bosses via phone, text, or email while they were on a holiday break. 

     

    read more at Fortune
  • PTO most-desired benefit among employees

    PTO most-desired benefit among employees

    News by Editorial Team 27 Dec 2019

    PTO, or paid time off, is the most desired non-insurance benefit among employees, according to the findings of an Unum survey. Flexibility paid family leaves, gym memberships and fitness/healthy lifestyle incentives were the top five most-desired benefits according to the survey. Unemployment is as low as 3.6%. If workers don’t get what they want from their employer, they will look for better benefits elsewhere, HR Dive suggests.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Workers can't use employers' email systems to unionize

    Workers can't use employers' email systems to unionize

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2019

    In a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board, an employer can restrict the employees’ use of its email system in a way that doesn’t discriminate against union communications or other protected communications. In 2014, however, NLRB had ruled that employees with access to their employer’s email system for work-related purposes had a right to use that system for communications during non-work time.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • No boost in the salary of the U.S. workers

    No boost in the salary of the U.S. workers

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2019

    A Bankrate poll found that in the past 12 months, half of the U.S. workers haven’t received a pay boost either via a raise or a job change. Among those who received a raise, 38% said their increase was based on performance, 31% were promoted to receive additional responsibilities, and 26% were compensated for the increased cost of living. 

     

    read more at HRDIVE

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