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  • 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
  •  Travis Kalanick leaves the Uber board

    Travis Kalanick leaves the Uber board

    News by Editorial Team 26 Dec 2019

    Travis Kalanick, the co-founder of Uber, has severed his ties with the company. Kalanick resigned from the company’s board and sold all his shares to turn his focus to a new venture creating “ghost kitchens” for food delivery services, Reuters reported.  Kalanick stepped down as chief executive in June 2017 under pressure from investors and after a string of setbacks.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • Women promote themselves less

    Women promote themselves less

    News by Editorial Team 24 Dec 2019

    Women are less likely to engage in self-promotion than men, according to new research in HBR. The findings came out in an experiment conducted by professors at Harvard Business School and Wharton. Women gave themselves lower performance ratings even when they knew how they had done relative to their peers. Fortune suggests employers should investigate why women are likely to be swayed by male employees’ self-promotion.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • BRT companies more likely to offer paid parental leave

    BRT companies more likely to offer paid parental leave

    News by Editorial Team 24 Dec 2019

    BRT companies are more likely than non-BRT companies to offer paid parental leaves and have better disclosure properties around paid parental leave. However, they tend to offer fewer leaves than non - BRT companies -11 weeks to new mothers and six weeks to new fathers, compared to 12 weeks by non-BRT companies. For flexibility in planning, BRT companies are seeking same requirements for paid parental leaves as FMLA.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Workers with imposter syndrome are bad performers

    Workers with imposter syndrome are bad performers

    News by Editorial Team 24 Dec 2019

    Workers with imposter syndrome have lower job satisfaction, higher burnout and perform poorly, according to a report by Crossover Health. Imposter syndrome affects both men and women across all age groups in many industries. Employees are increasingly looking at their employers to address mental health issues. Training managers can spot troubling behavior or performance problems among employees to bring mental health issues under control. 

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • How to manage remote workforce successfully

    How to manage remote workforce successfully

    News by Editorial Team 23 Dec 2019

    A new Gartner study says the number of U.S. employees working remotely will surpass 50% in 2020. Therefore, it is imperative for managers to learn to manage the remote workforce and lead them to success. Communication, community, and career development are three areas for managers to focus to bring the best of a remote team.  Remote work will get bigger in the coming years, Fortune reports.   

     

    read more at Fortune
  • Visible tattoos gain acceptance at workplaces

    Visible tattoos gain acceptance at workplaces

    News by Editorial Team 23 Dec 2019

    Visible tattoos, casual dress, and unusual hair colors are more accepted at workplaces now. An Accountemps survey found that 91% of senior managers attribute acceptability to relaxed social norms and a work environment that caters to the younger generation of workers. Bad language, Pets in the office, and political images remain big offenses at the workplace.    

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Tesco halts production at Chinese factory due to forced labour

    Tesco halts production at Chinese factory due to forced labour

    News by Editorial Team 23 Dec 2019

    Tesco said it has suspended its production at a factory in China because the factory was forcing prisoners. Allegedly, the factory was forcing foreign prisoners to help make charity Christmas cards. Reportedly, Florence Widdicombe in South London discovered a plea note among Christmas Cards.  The company has started an investigation, The Guardian reported. Similar cases have been reported earlier. 

     

    read more at The Guardian
  • Gender parity far from reality

    Gender parity far from reality

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2019

    World Economic Forum report says gender parity will not be attained for another 99.5 years. While Education and Health and Survival have the least gender parity gap (96% and 97%), economic participation, political empowerment, and educational attainment are far from coming to a close. Political empowerment is the farthest from parity at 24.7%. However, the sector showed a 1.8% increase in the past year.  

     

    read more at Fortune
  • Employers need workers with soft skills

    Employers need workers with soft skills

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2019

    Recruiters often seek soft skills in new hires. However, soft skills are hard to uncover in the recruiting process. Also, soft-skills can vary from role to role. Technical roles, for instance, may require collaboration and teamwork, other roles may require written communication skills. In-demand soft skills include adaptability, problem-solving, and emotional intelligence. 

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Employers may use extended reality soon

    Employers may use extended reality soon

    News by Editorial Team 20 Dec 2019

    A new survey from Mojo Vision says 78% of employees are open to wearing extended reality headsets at their employer’s request. Another survey from Perkins Coie’s said 78% of execs and investors believe XR technology can be used for workforce development. XR could soon be seen being used for workforce development.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Resilience is Important to Combat Stress

    Resilience is Important to Combat Stress

    News by Editorial Team 19 Dec 2019

    Resilience is important to combat workplace stress. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Center for Workplace Mental Health, workplace stress causes 120,000 deaths and about $190 billion health care costs annually. Stress also contributes to many illnesses ranging from chronic depression to reduction in immune system functioning. Hence, organizations must take steps to help employees fight stress and find resilience.

     

    read more at Fortune
  • Creative jobs top the remote work list

    Creative jobs top the remote work list

    News by Editorial Team 19 Dec 2019

    A Flex jobs and Global Workplace Analytics report says creative jobs are no. 1 on the list of remote work. A previous report said in the past 10 years remote work increased by 91%. Painting, photography, music, web design and interior design; followed by bookkeeping; internet and e-commerce; K-12 online education; graphic design, etc. are top jobs among remote works, the report said.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • Marketers to hire mobile & web development talent

    Marketers to hire mobile & web development talent

    News by Editorial Team 19 Dec 2019

    A recent Robert Half survey found 67% of advertising and marketing managers want to hire mobile and web development talent in the first half of 2020. Reportedly, change in consumer behavior is leading companies to focus on digital innovation. Employers are also planning to increase the number of freelancers, the report said.

     

    read more at HRDIVE
  • CEOs call for action on paid family leave

    CEOs call for action on paid family leave

    News by Editorial Team 18 Dec 2019

    A group of CEOs has written to lawmakers and the President urging them to take prompt action on federal laws that would make family leave available to most American workers. The Business Roundtable suggests employers should have the flexibility to manage the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and those self-financing their plans are allowed to maintain them as long as they meet minimum requirements. 

     

    read more at HRDIVE

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