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  • Old Navy decides to pay its employees who work at the polls on election!

    Old Navy decides to pay its employees who work at the polls on election!

    News by Editorial Team 11 Sep 2020

    According to the announcement made by Old Navy on 1 Sept, 2020, it has decided to pay its store employees for an eight-hour day if they work at polling stations on election day in November. The payment will be over and above whatever the participating employee will earn from their local jurisdiction for the day. The brand Old Navy has partnered with Power the Polls – a nonprofit advocacy group – and Civic Alliance – a nonpartisan business coalition – promoting participation in democracy to participate in national effort to hire 250, 000 new poll workers. 

     

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  • Federal judge vacates DOL's 'vertical' joint employment rule!

    Federal judge vacates DOL's 'vertical' joint employment rule!

    News by Editorial Team 10 Sep 2020

    In a recent ruling dated 8 Sept, 2020, a federal district court judge had blocked ‘vertical’ relationship portion of the US Department of Labor’s joint employment rule. The agency had narrowed the criteria for finding that separate employers can be jointly liable for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. In oppose to the rule, a group of states had sued, alleging, among other things, that the rule was inconsistent with the statute. The federal judge agreed, cancelling the ‘vertical’ portion of the rule, though the court has held ‘horizontal’ rule, which regulates situations where in an employee has a relationship with two associated employers.

     

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  • Amtrak passenger railroad needs up to $4.9 billion to avoid job cuts!

    Amtrak passenger railroad needs up to $4.9 billion to avoid job cuts!

    News by Editorial Team 10 Sep 2020

    William Flynn – Amtrak Chief Executive – told Congress that the US passenger railroad needs up to $4.9 billion in government funding in order to avoid service and job cuts, and address mounting losses. The company had asked for a further $1.475 billion bailout in May. This was post getting $1 billion from Congress in April. Amtrak typically receive $2 billion in annual government aid. Amtrak, last week, had announced that it would furlough more than 2,000 workers, or about 10% of its staff on 1st Oct, 2020. The move was announced due to a sharp decline in travel demand from the global pandemic.

     

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  • US 6th Circuit reversed ex-Ford employee's $15 million jury verdict!

    US 6th Circuit reversed ex-Ford employee's $15 million jury verdict!

    News by Editorial Team 10 Sep 2020

    The recent ruling by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals last month of multi-million-dollar jury verdict was reversed for the former engineer of automaker Ford who had alleged racial discrimination and retaliation. Michigan federal jury had ordered Ford to pay the ex-engineer $15 million in punitive damages in addition to $1.7 million in pension and retirement losses. However, the 6th Circuit stated that the district court had erred when it denied the defendant’s motion for summary judgement. It also said that it ‘insufficient evidence’ for the former engineer’s claims of hostile work environment. 

     

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  • Court resumes Facebook employee's suit as supervisor gets fired over racial remarks!

    Court resumes Facebook employee's suit as supervisor gets fired over racial remarks!

    News by Editorial Team 09 Sep 2020

    In a recent ruling, court has revived a Facebook employee’s race bias suit after the employee showed that supervisor who had declined his promotion was fired for racist comments. The employee had filed a lawsuit against the company when he realized that he was denied a promotion because of race bias. The court, earlier, had ruled out the case and even accepted Facebook’s assertion that the employee was not promoted because he lacked initiative and communication skills. However, on appeal, the 4th Circuit reversed its decision stating that the employee was denied promotion because of one supervisor, who upon investigation was found using racial slurs when talking about Black employees.

     

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  • Oilfield job losses from COVID-19 topped 100,000 in the US!

    Oilfield job losses from COVID-19 topped 100,000 in the US!

    News by Editorial Team 09 Sep 2020

    According to a report by trade group Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA), released on Tuesday, it was stated that job losses in the oilfield services have topped 100,000 in the US in August. The number is despite some idled drilling projects that were resumed. As per the report there were about 121,000 oilfield jobs lost in the last 12 months and the employment in the US sector was at its lowest level since March 2017. The report also claimed that the bulk of the reported job loss have come since the onset of global pandemic.

     

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  • Infosys recruitment push includes individuals without STEM degree!

    Infosys recruitment push includes individuals without STEM degree!

    News by Editorial Team 09 Sep 2020

    In an internal memo, Infosys announced that it planned to hire 12,000 more US workers over the next two years, which would bring its total commitment to 25,000 over five years. The announcement also stated that individuals without traditional four-year degrees will also be a part of the recruitment drive. The announcement was made on 1 Sept, 2020. The announcement also stated that as part of the hiring program, Infosys will train and reskill the news hires as well through its Reskill and Restart initiative that was launched in July. 

     

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  • Payrolls surge by 1.37 million as unemployment rates drop!

    Payrolls surge by 1.37 million as unemployment rates drop!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Sep 2020

    According to the figures released by Labor Department released on Friday, there has been a surge in nonfarm payrolls by 1.37 million in August. Dow Jones had estimated a surge of 1.32 million. In addition, the unemployment rates dropped to about 8.4% from 10.2% in July. The drop was below the expectations of 9.8%.  It is speculated that government hiring had led the way and the gains had also come in retail, education, and health services.

     

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  • Remote work helps improve mental health: A Survey!

    Remote work helps improve mental health: A Survey!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Sep 2020

    According to the recent survey carried out by Mercer, about 83% of employees revealed that their organizations have been considering implantation of flexible work at a larger scale. The survey stated that employers were considering making remote and flexible work as options a regular part of office life post the pandemic. It was also stated that about 48% of respondents with flexible work options had rated their work-life balance excellent, as compared to about 36% of workers without the flexi-work options. Comparing employees with flexi-work arrangements (54% vs 45%) with those without the option said that they had the emotional support to manage stress.

     

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  • Amazon to create additional 10,000 jobs in Bellevue!

    Amazon to create additional 10,000 jobs in Bellevue!

    News by Editorial Team 07 Sep 2020

    In an internal memo, Amazon announced on Friday that it planned to create 10,000 more jobs in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, in addition to the 15,000 jobs it had already planned to create in the area over the coming five years. The company has also leased two properties in downtown Bellevue that spans over two million square feet of office space – for the additional employees. Construction of a 43-story tower is also underway which the Amazon has named as Bellevue 600 project.

     

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  • Employers need to reimburse delivery drivers with personal vehicle!

    Employers need to reimburse delivery drivers with personal vehicle!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Sep 2020

    According to the opinion letter by the US Department of Labor (DOL), dated 31 Aug, 2020, DOL opined that in order for the employers to satisfy their requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers may reimburse delivery drivers who use their personal vehicles for official purposes. The letter clarified that the personal vehicles to complete deliveries with a ‘reasonable approximation of expenses incurred for the benefit of employers rather than the actual amount of expenses incurred.’ As per the letter employers were expected to reimburse fixed vehicle expenses like registration fees, license fees and insurance costs but to the extent that the employees uses that vehicle for trade purpose. 

     

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  • Google gives 'Friday' as additional holiday to employees amid global pandemic!

    Google gives 'Friday' as additional holiday to employees amid global pandemic!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Sep 2020

    In a bid to show their support to its employees, Google has given an additional holiday ahead of Labor Day weekend to avoid burnout of employees. With the extra day as a holiday the company hopes to preserve ‘collective wellbeing’ as the COVID-19 enters its seventh month. According to the internal memo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other top executives at the company were trying to find ways to show their support to employees who are working remotely until at least mid-2021.

     

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  • Wells Fargo plans to make job offers to settle DOL discrimination allegations!

    Wells Fargo plans to make job offers to settle DOL discrimination allegations!

    News by Editorial Team 04 Sep 2020

    In order to refute the hiring discrimination allegations by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Wells Fargo plans to make job offers to 580 applicants. The company had also agreed to pay $7,800,000 in back wages and interest. According to the statement by OFCCP the financial services giant had violated Executive Order 11246 by discriminating against 34, 193 African American applicants in several types of positions and against 308 female applicants for administrative support positions.

     

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  • FLSA requirements for remote employees simplified by DOL

    FLSA requirements for remote employees simplified by DOL

    News by Editorial Team 03 Sep 2020

    According to the Field Assistance Bulletin published by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, it was clarified that employers are required to pay employees who work remotely or teleworked for all the working hours. As per the bulletin, it is a mandate for employers to pay the remote and teleworking employees who have worked even if they have a rule against remote working. The bulletin was published on 24 Aug, 2020. DOL also noted that an employer’s obligation to pay employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act was based on both ‘actual knowledge’ or ‘constructive knowledge’ of work. DOL also clarified that the FLSA did not require employers to pay for work that they didn’t know about and had no reason to know about.

     

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  • US labor market recovery slows amid COVID-19 persistence!

    US labor market recovery slows amid COVID-19 persistence!

    News by Editorial Team 03 Sep 2020

    The recent situation in the US doesn’t look promising with US private employers hiring fewer workers than expected for a second straight month in August. The trend suggests that the labor market was recovering slowly as the COVID-19 crisis persists and the government funds to support workers and employers are drying up. Another report from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday also flagged the moderation in job growth, showcasing furloughed workers were permanently being laid off in some parts of the country.

     

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  • Job growth stuck in neutral post enhanced unemployment expired!

    Job growth stuck in neutral post enhanced unemployment expired!

    News by Editorial Team 03 Sep 2020

    According to the data sourced from staffing firm Homebase, it was found that the time worked by hourly employees both at small and medium business was relatively more than 20% below pre-pandemic levels. The data also pointed out that August was the first full month after the $600 per week enhancement for unemployment expired. AnnElizabeth Konkel – economist at Indeed’s Hiring Lab – pointed that the drop in income for the unemployed could hurt spending in the months ahead as Americans burn through whatever is left of their savings.

     

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  • DHL Supply Chain announces maternity leave expansion for US employees!

    DHL Supply Chain announces maternity leave expansion for US employees!

    News by Editorial Team 02 Sep 2020

    In an internal announcement made by DHL Supply Chain, keeping in line with its organizational commitment, to ‘attract, retain, and promote’ more women in its workforce, the organization had announced a 12-week maternity leave expansion at 100% of pay. The expansion plan would be effective from 1st Jan, 2021 and would also be applicable to adoptive parents. According to the internal reports, the policy change is cited as a part of a three-tiered approach toward inclusive culture that would include increased college recruitment, flexible work, including its ‘100 Years 100 Women Campaign’ that would highlight the contribution of women to supply chain industry.

     

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  • Ford to slash about 1,000 salaried jobs in North America!

    Ford to slash about 1,000 salaried jobs in North America!

    News by Editorial Team 02 Sep 2020

    According to latest media reports, Ford plans to slash about 1,000 salaried jobs, as it tried to execute an $11 billion restructuring that failed to meet expectations. The reported reduction had come at the time when the company was expected to report its first annual operating loss in a decade. The media reports also stated that the job cuts were expected to come in the form of voluntary buyouts and were not related to rising costs that came from the coronavirus pandemic. 

     

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  • Ultimate Kronos Group comes into action from October!

    Ultimate Kronos Group comes into action from October!

    News by Editorial Team 02 Sep 2020

    Post the February announcement of the merger between Kronos and Ultimate Software – the company had announced a new, unified branding as Ultimate Kronos Group or ‘UKG’ would take effect from 1 Oct, 2020. As per the reports, the all-stock merger between the two high-profile companies in human capital management (HCM) space would continue to bring together the best of each organization’s award winning solutions. According to the initial merger announcement, the joint venture has about 12,000 employees globally and around $3 billion in annual revenue, with a total valuation of $22 billion.

     

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  • New payroll tax deferral law takes effect from 1st September!

    New payroll tax deferral law takes effect from 1st September!

    News by Editorial Team 01 Sep 2020

    US President had issued an executive order sometime back deferring the 6.2% tax employees had to pay toward Social Security from 1 Sept to 31 Dec, 2020. The executive law is not a forgiveness of the tax owed. According to the guidance issued by the IRS late last week, the law placed the responsibility on employers for collecting the deferred tax and should be paid by 30 April 2021. Failure of which could result in penalties, interest, and other taxes.

     

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