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  • Bay Area restaurant owners pay $2.6 million as wage settlement claim!

    Bay Area restaurant owners pay $2.6 million as wage settlement claim!

    News by Editorial Team 21 Aug 2020

    In a response to the statement issued by Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), which was violated by the owners of a Bay Area Kome Japanese Seafood & Buffet, restaurant owners have agreed to $2.6 million of wage settlement claim. The claim charges were brought by California’s Labor Commissioner’s Office and alleged that it failed to offer minimum wage, overtime, and split shift premium pay to about 133 workers.

     

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  • About 40% of Americans stand on the edge of financial ruin!

    About 40% of Americans stand on the edge of financial ruin!

    News by Editorial Team 20 Aug 2020

    According to a SimplyWise survey about 40% of Americans who had lost their jobs or had a cut in their take-home salary because of COVID-19 would not be able to last most than a month on any kind of savings. The survey results were the reminder of the disturbing fact that numerous American families were standing on the edge of financial ruin. In addition, federal unemployment aid had ended in July and even eviction protections had expired in various parts of the country.

     

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  • USCIS announces increase in employee visa fees!

    USCIS announces increase in employee visa fees!

    News by Editorial Team 20 Aug 2020

    As per the new rule published by the US Citizenships and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees for certain immigration and naturalization requests would be subject to a weighted average increase of 20%. The new rule came into being on 3 Aug 2020. The new rule also included fee increase for Form I-129, which is filed by employers on behalf on their nonimmigrant workers to bring them to the US temporarily. The increase in fee would depend on the type of worker an employer had filed for.

     

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  • Facebook announces support to Black-owned businesses

    Facebook announces support to Black-owned businesses

    News by Editorial Team 20 Aug 2020

    According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York about 41% of the 1.1 million Black-owned businesses on Main Street had shut down between February and April when the global pandemic struck the country. Facebook, in order to help this sector had announced that it would be updating its Businesses Nearby platform so that it would be easier for users to discover and support Black-owned businesses in their communities.

     

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  • Lack of child care issues prevent employees to resume full time office!

    Lack of child care issues prevent employees to resume full time office!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Aug 2020

    According to the survey carried out by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation dated 3 Aug, 2020, it was revealed that employers had cited as lack of child care as one of the main reasons along with health and safety concerns why some workers were unable to fully return to work. About 40% of the 170 employers surveyed revealed that they have offered child care assistance, along with benefits or accommodations in response to the pandemic.

     

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  • Millions of Americans face long-term unemployment!

    Millions of Americans face long-term unemployment!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Aug 2020

    In a recent development related to unemployment cases in the US, it was reported that millions of Americans would face long-term unemployment with greater financial risks. The implications for long-term unemployment could be depleted savings and could turn into debt to cover daily living expenses. Finding a job befitting their qualifications and salary expectations gets difficult.

     

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  • Lawmakers float a bill to modify employer educational assistance programs!

    Lawmakers float a bill to modify employer educational assistance programs!

    News by Editorial Team 19 Aug 2020

    In a recent development, the lawmakers have floated a bipartisan bill that would sought to expand and modify the employer educational assistance programs.  The Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act was introduced on 4 Aug, 2020, with an aim to assist employers in hiring and retaining employees who had lost their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

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  • Washington state grocer moves ahead with hostile work environment claim!

    Washington state grocer moves ahead with hostile work environment claim!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Aug 2020

    According to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, a Washington state grocer could move forward with her hostile work environment claim as the conduct that she alleged was severe and pervasive. With this ruling the Circuit Court had overturned a district court’s decision. According to a lawsuit filed Avery Simmons was subjected to unwelcome conduct including uncomfortable stares and touches.

     

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  • Boeing plans to offer second layoff plan!

    Boeing plans to offer second layoff plan!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Aug 2020

    In an internal announcement made by Boeing Co on Monday, it was stated it would offer a voluntary layoff packages with pay and benefits for the second this year to its employees. The move came in at the time when the plane maker is battling a coronavirus-induced slowdown in global air travel. The packages would be offered to employees not only in the commercial airplanes but also to the employees in service businesses along with corporate functions.

     

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  • Employers and employees at loggerheads over best use of HSAs!

    Employers and employees at loggerheads over best use of HSAs!

    News by Editorial Team 18 Aug 2020

    According to the Further survey of 5 Aug, 2020, it was revealed employers and employees are at not in sync on how to best use HSAs. The report also shared the health benefits administrator had concluded that while employers positioned HSAs as saving tools, employees used HSAs as spending tools. The study also stated that about 65% of consumers reported using HSA as a spending resource, while 23% stated they would use their account equally for both spending and saving. While more than two-thirds of employers associated HSAs with savings only.

     

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  • Ex-Pinterest COO sues organization, alleges retaliation!

    Ex-Pinterest COO sues organization, alleges retaliation!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Aug 2020

    Ex COO of Pinterest had sued the social media company alleging retaliation for pointing out biases in the recruitment, compensation and promotion processes. In a lawsuit filed on 11 Aug, 2020, one Francoise Brougher claimed that she was fired from her role in the organization because she spoke about the alleged discriminatory practices that were in violation of state law. Brougher also claimed that she was subjected to a hostile work environment.

     

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  • US third-quarter outlook booms; fourth-quarter spells weak growth!

    US third-quarter outlook booms; fourth-quarter spells weak growth!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Aug 2020

    According to a Philadelphia Federal Reserve survey that was released on Friday, the US economy would expand at a much faster rate in the present quarter than expected previously, however, the outlook looks weaker for growth and job creation in the fourth quarter and beyond. According to the Philly Fed’s quarterly Survey of Professional Forecasters there was predicted growth in the current third quarter that would come in at a 19.1% annualized rate. 

     

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  • California bans all-male boards at public firms!

    California bans all-male boards at public firms!

    News by Editorial Team 17 Aug 2020

    According to the bill passed by the State Assembly, California’s legislature showed some movement on a proposal that would mandate each publicly held corporation based in the state to have at least one director from an underrepresented community on its board by the end of 2021. While the state’s Assembly passed the bill in January, the Senate made amendments on 28 July, 2020. Now the bill awaits committee action. According to the bill, AB-979 – an underrepresented individual is one who “self-identifies as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native.

     

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  • 'Ample efforts' made by employer to accommodate the caregiver!

    'Ample efforts' made by employer to accommodate the caregiver!

    News by Editorial Team 14 Aug 2020

    In a recent ruling by the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, it was revealed that a chemist working with Medline Industries was not subjected to discrimination by the association under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It was found that when the employee was fired out on leave, the employer had already twice modified his work schedule so that he could take care of his ailing grandfather. The ruling came out on 6 Aug, 2020.

     

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  • AutoZone to recruit more than 20,000 US employees!

    AutoZone to recruit more than 20,000 US employees!

    News by Editorial Team 14 Aug 2020

    In a recent announcement made by AutoZone Inc on Thursday, it revealed its plans to recruit more than 20,000 employees in the US in order to meet the burgeoning demand from both retail and commercial customers. The move came on the heels of North American auto sales slowly recovering since they had hit a bottom in April. This in result had pushed large automakers to ramp-up their productions and boost weak inventories at various dealerships.

     

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  • US Weekly jobless claims fell below one million!

    US Weekly jobless claims fell below one million!

    News by Editorial Team 14 Aug 2020

    According to the latest survey by Dow Jones, the first-times for jobless claims fell below one million for the first-time since 21 March 2020. The survey revealed that the claims for unemployment insurance falling is a sign that the labor market is on the continuous path of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

     

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  • Citigroup employee reports retaliation for concerns raised against potential hire!

    Citigroup employee reports retaliation for concerns raised against potential hire!

    News by Editorial Team 13 Aug 2020

    Citigroup employee filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging he was subjected to discrimination and retaliation when he alerted the organization to the sexual harassment claims lodged against potential hire, in violation of state law. According to the lawsuit, the employee Thomas Krauss followed the internal procedure of reporting concerns to HR and complained that the prospective hire had resigned from his previous company amid sexual harassment controversy. While the person was not hired, Krauss faced discrimination in terms of performance reviews, and his salary. 

     

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  • Lyft to suspend its California services!

    Lyft to suspend its California services!

    News by Editorial Team 13 Aug 2020

    Lyft might suspend its services in California, if the recent ruling that requires it to classify its drivers as full-time employees is not overturned. The announcement was made by Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer during the organization’s second-quarter earnings call. Uber had made the similar announcement earlier this Wednesday. 

     

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  • SMB leaders plan to hire in 2020: Survey!

    SMB leaders plan to hire in 2020: Survey!

    News by Editorial Team 13 Aug 2020

    According to a survey carried out by Paycor on 5 August, 2020, it was revealed that while the coronavirus pandemic challenged numerous businesses – small- and medium-sized organizations were optimistic about the economy recovery. The survey revealed about 54% of business leaders had plans to hire full-time employees in 2020. Further, more than 70% of about 600 business leaders that were surveyed revealed that the impact of COVID-19 on the business have been ‘moderately challenging,’ and about 87% of businesses had attempted to take advantage of government loan or tax program.

     

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  • About one million not eligible for Trumps $400 unemployment boost!

    About one million not eligible for Trumps $400 unemployment boost!

    News by Editorial Team 12 Aug 2020

    US President Trump’s executive order that was meant to boost weekly aid for unemployed Americans aimed to alleviate ‘acute financial distress,’ for numerous families across the nation. According to the executive order, the unemployed workers were to get an extra $400 a week in jobless benefits. But the restrictions on that extra assistance of about $400-a-week increase in benefits –implied that the amount would not be available to a huge chunk of unemployed workers.

     

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