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  • Microsoft sets a diversity goal to address racial discrimination internally!

    Microsoft sets a diversity goal to address racial discrimination internally!

    News by Editorial Team 24 Jun 2020

    In another development related to the public protests over police brutality against African Americans in the United States, Microsoft Corp on 23 June 2020 Tuesday announced its five-year diversity goal to address racial inequality at its offices. The company also talked about adding another $150 million in diversity and inclusion investment to increase the number of African-American people managers, senior individual contributors, and senior leaders in the US by 2025.

     

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  • Google plans to launch internal anti-racism programs by 2021!

    Google plans to launch internal anti-racism programs by 2021!

    News by Editorial Team 24 Jun 2020

    According to a statement issued by Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, Google is planning to create a ‘range of anti-racism educational programs’ for its employees. The move is a part of a set of initiatives that Google aims for while creating racial equity and inclusion revealed Mr. Pichai in the statement dated 17 June 2020. According to the statement, the training would be launched by early 2021 and would cover systemic racism and racial consciousness.

     

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  • US President suspends H-1B visas for 2020!

    US President suspends H-1B visas for 2020!

    News by Editorial Team 24 Jun 2020

    The recent executive order by the Trump administration announced a temporary suspension of H-1B visas through 31 December 2020. The move is a bid to prioritize the employment of US workers. The statement also stated that in addition to visas for workers with specialized education, the suspension would also apply to visas for seasonal workers, intracompany transfers, exchange visitor visas, and au pairs, among others.

     

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  • Google: Employees petition to end sales to the police!

    Google: Employees petition to end sales to the police!

    News by Editorial Team 23 Jun 2020

    In a recent development at the Alphabet Inc, more than 1,600 employees at its Google unit have petitioned to put an end to the sales of email and other related services to police departments. According to a source familiar to the matter revealed the disappointment of the workers with Google for not joining the millions who want to defang and defund police departments.

     

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  • Intuit to slash 715 jobs as plans to revamp certain sectors!

    Intuit to slash 715 jobs as plans to revamp certain sectors!

    News by Editorial Team 23 Jun 2020

    According to an internal memo shared by TurboTax-maker Intuit Inc, the company has slashed 715 jobs. The company’s chief executive officer Sasan Goodarzi in his note to the employees informed them about the move calling it a part of the company’s ongoing strategy to become an AI-driven platform. Intuit – the income-tax filing software firm – aims to revamp its customer experience, technology, and sale strategies with the move.  

     

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  • Pandemic reshapes corporate approaches to remote work!

    Pandemic reshapes corporate approaches to remote work!

    News by Editorial Team 22 Jun 2020

    According to an analysis of academic papers by the Advance Workplace Institute – an arm of Advanced Workplace Associates – it was revealed virtual workflows would have the potential to damage trust, social cohesion, and information sharing between the team members. Offering a solution, the Advance Workplace Institute stated in order to prevent such damage, organizations would have to understand the differences experienced by the employees and find alternative ways to operate.

     

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  • Target to raise hourly wage to $15 in the US!

    Target to raise hourly wage to $15 in the US!

    News by Editorial Team 22 Jun 2020

    In a recent development, Target – the frontline store and distribution center – would raise its hourly wages in the US to $15 starting from 5 July 2020. According to a blog post that featured the announcement, it was revealed the boost in the wages was in line with goals outlined three years ago to make the starting pay to a certain level. The organization also announced a one-time $200 bonus to acknowledge the work of the hourly wage workers during the pandemic.

     

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  • Google sets new diversity goals to address racial issues!

    Google sets new diversity goals to address racial issues!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Jun 2020

    Alphabet Inc’s Google in an internal statement on Wednesday announced new hiring goals and security policy to address racial issues at its offices. In the statement, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai revealed the company aims to have about 30% more of its leaders from underrepresented groups by 2025. Currently, about 96% of Google’s US leaders are white or Asian and about 73% of its global leaders are men.

     

    read more at Reuters
  • McDonald's plans to recruit 260,000 workers this summer!

    McDonald's plans to recruit 260,000 workers this summer!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Jun 2020

    In an internal announcement by McDonald’s Corp on Thursday, it was stated the restaurant would hire about260,000 staff in the US this summer, as the stores reopen for diners. The restaurant has been serving people through delivery, drive-thru, and takeaway for weeks due to the global pandemic. The burger chain, earlier this week, had reported about a fall in the US sales in the months of April and May due to the health crisis, however, signaled a recovery in demand as it restarted dine-in.

     

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  • Employees report lax in COVID-19 measures as offices reopen!

    Employees report lax in COVID-19 measures as offices reopen!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Jun 2020

    According to a survey poll carried out by Gallup, it was revealed the US employers have reopened their workplaces and workers have started returning. The survey was conducted in late May and had about 1,914 adults participating in it. The survey results revealed about 40% of Gallup respondents revealed their employers’ had not opted for an onsite screening of employees for the symptoms. While the 17% reported about lack of personal protective equipment provision, the other 13% revealed there had been no enforcement of social distancing.

     

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  • Adidas rejects investigation against HR chief in racism row!

    Adidas rejects investigation against HR chief in racism row!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Jun 2020

    In a recent development related to the ongoing racism row, Adidas – the German sportswear brand – came under strict scrutiny when the HR chief described the handling of racism as ‘noise’ that is only discussed in America. However, the Adidas spokeswoman informed the brand strongly rebuffed statements that were made in a letter by 83 employees. The letter from the employees demanded the supervisory board to investigate the HR chief’s approach to racial issues in the workplace.

     

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  • Voluntary buyouts for 800 employees in Canada's Enbridge!

    Voluntary buyouts for 800 employees in Canada's Enbridge!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Jun 2020

    According to an internal announcement, Canada’s largest pipeline operator on Wednesday stated about 800 employees have opted for voluntary buyouts. The move came as the company was trying to reduce costs to tackle the coronavirus crisis along with global oil price shock. Calgary-based Enbridge also informed that the organization was offering employees the option to voluntarily select early retirement, severance, leaves of absence, or even part-time work.

     

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  • Parcel delivery firm to hire 6,000 UK workers amid online retail boom!

    Parcel delivery firm to hire 6,000 UK workers amid online retail boom!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Jun 2020

    DPD – Parcel delivery firm – on Thursday announced that it would create 6,000 new UK-based jobs. The move would increase investment in infrastructure and would help to meet a boom in online shopping caused by the deadly pandemic and a possible longer-term shift in retail habits. According to the firm, the demand for its services was risen even before the lockdown in March and had continued to rise.

     

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  • Hilton to slash 2,100 jobs worldwide!

    Hilton to slash 2,100 jobs worldwide!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Jun 2020

    The international hotel chain, announced on Tuesday, its plans to slash about 2,100 corporate jobs or about 22% of its corporate workforce. The announcement came following the coronavirus, which has ravaged the global travel industry. With Hilton’s announcement on the job, cuts threw light on how badly the hotel industry has been hit by the global pandemic, as travelers were forced to cancel their bookings and stay at home amid government-enforced lockdowns.

     

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  • Amtrak to cut down its services amid Coronavirus outbreak!

    Amtrak to cut down its services amid Coronavirus outbreak!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Jun 2020

    In a recent development, the US passenger railroad service Amtrak announced the plans to slash its services. Amtrak that had been reeling from the deadly pandemic, announced a reduced frequency on its numerous long-distance routes and a slash on the trains’ frequency in its busy Northeast Corridor. The statement issued by the rail operator also stated Amtrak’s plans to trim its workforce through a voluntary offer to employees.

     

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  • US workers at high risk as offices reopen amid surges!

    US workers at high risk as offices reopen amid surges!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Jun 2020

    According to a recent analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation, it was found about one in four US workers would be at high risk for critical complications from the COVID-19. The analysis stated if the workers are exposed to the deadly coronavirus there could be severe complications.  According to the analysis it was estimated about 37.7 million workers would be at high risk. The result also included about 10 million workers who are either 65 years or older.

     

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  • Lufthansa seeks cuts equivalent to about 22,000 positions!

    Lufthansa seeks cuts equivalent to about 22,000 positions!

    News by Editorial Team 16 Jun 2020

    In a statement issued by Lufthansa on Monday, it was revealed, Lufthansa sought to strike agreements with worker representatives by 22 June 2020 on how the company could make cuts that were equivalent to 22,000 full-time positions. According to the statement, the airline’s flight services would be affected by a calculated 5,000 jobs including 600 jobs of pilots, about 2,600 flight attendants, and about 1,500 ground staff.

     

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  • ABC News suspends is top executive over racists remarks!

    ABC News suspends is top executive over racists remarks!

    News by Editorial Team 16 Jun 2020

    Walt Disney’s ABC News has put one of its top executives – Barbara Fedida – on leave, as it investigates the press reports stating Fedida had made racist comments along with other inappropriate behavior. The report that was published in HuffPost alleged Fedida who is the network’s senior vice president for talent, editorial strategy and business affairs possessed a history of making insensitive comments and even had been the subject of numerous HR complaints.

     

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  • Workplace discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity basis is illegal!

    Workplace discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity basis is illegal!

    News by Editorial Team 16 Jun 2020

    In a landmark ruling, workplace discrimination on the basis of an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity is considered illegal. The move would be termed illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the US Supreme Court held in a 6-3 ruling on 15 June 2020.  The ruling was a consolidation of three separate cases that were argued in the court in 2019.

     

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  • Expats' well-being is primary focus of international employers!

    Expats' well-being is primary focus of international employers!

    News by Editorial Team 15 Jun 2020

    In a recent report released by HR consulting firm Mercer, dated 9 June 2020, it was found international employers are more focused on the well-being of international employees. The concern for expats’ well-being is important, as the employers reassess their expatriate programs during the coronavirus outbreak. The report by Mercer stated employers with international operations would leverage new work arrangements, changing technology, and consider alternate forms of international assignments. 

     

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