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United Airline Holdings Inc on Wednesday announced that it has slashed its flight schedule by almost 90% for the month of May. The announcement also stated that similar cuts will be done for the month of June as well as owing to coronavirus pandemic. The airline also added that with travel demand going all-time low with no signs of improvement, there can be a likelihood of job cuts as well.
The recent announcement made by the organization Best Buy revealed that it will furlough about 51,000 hourly store employees in the US. The announcement that was made on Wednesday also stated the drop in sales of about 5% in the first two months of the current quarter, as the electronics retailer has shut its stores due to the global pandemic. Some corporate employees are also expected to participate in voluntary reduced workweeks and furloughs.
In a recent internal memo released by Google on Wednesday, the chief executive officer Sundar Pichai addressing the staff members revealed that Google will slow down its hiring process in 2020. The memo also revealed the further plans of maintaining the momentum in small measures in a strategic area and onboarding the many people who have been hired but have not started.
In an internal memo shared by Standard Chartered Bank, the chief executive officer Bill Winters had sent a message to all the staff members strictly ordering them to stay away from Zoom and Google hangouts amid cybersecurity concerns during coronavirus outbreak. The memo stated that neither of the services was highly encrypted to maintain the security levels required by the global bank.
An online career community for women – Fairygodboss – announced two new features in April to fight the job search difficulties. The community stated that the new features will aid their audience who may be experiencing difficulties in looking for a job amid the global pandemic. According to the announcement, the ability to complete ‘one-click’ applications with 12 companies actively looking to increase female representation in their organization. The company also launched a free platform for women professionals to let recruiters know about their availability.
In a recent development on onboarding experience, experts suggested that the program should cover at least the first 90 days of employment. However, the internships usually don’t last that long. So HR professionals world over have crafted three steps to optimize the onboarding experience of interns.
According to the data shared by PayScale with HR revealed an increase in the total compensation for HR managers has risen to about 12% since 2011. More than 50,000 HR professionals contributed to the survey. The survey report also revealed that HR skills with the highest positive influence on salary growth included operations management, curriculum planning, change management, and strategic project management among others. The report also revealed that any skill that points to a strategic perspective would ensure a good salary package and career growth.
In a recent development, the online retailing giant – Amazon announced that it will create about 75,000 extra jobs for the employees who were furloughed in the US and Canada in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement also stated that the online retailing giant has hit its previous hiring targets and now will need another recruiting drive.
The fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp is again in the news for all the wrong reasons, it seems. The fast-food giant was hit with a class-action lawsuit that accused it of subjecting its women employees in its corporate-owned fast-food restaurants in Florida to widespread sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Friday the company fostered a climate of severe or pervasive sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
The latest thing to get affected by coronavirus is the background checks for the new hires and it also includes whether a candidate has a criminal record or not. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts across the country have restricted access in order to curb the coronavirus spread. This has result in delayed background checks, which has slowed down the hiring process.
According to a survey by marketing firm Hinge, it was revealed majority – about53% of professional service firm employees are dissatisfied with their employers’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The report also stated poor communication and lack of planning were the prominent comments from employees who had negatively rated employers’ responses. The survey also revealed some disturbing facts as well as some positive views of employer responses that were cited as decisive, proactive measures like remote-work capability as being effective.
According to the latest news on coronavirus, National Labor Union leaders have sent a letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on 1 April 2020, demanding safety improvement for the US warehouse workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group comprised of the AFL-CIO; the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
The recent development in the COVD-19 pandemic, Mexican cement maker Cemex announced on Wednesday that it has asked its employees to voluntarily ‘defer 10% payment’ of their salaries for the coming three months. The move was initiated as a part of raft measures to battle the impact of coronavirus, which included scrapping 2020 dividends. The statement released also stated that the senior management team was asked to forego about 15% of their salaries for the period starting 1 May 2020.
Amidst all the depressing news floating around, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager announced that it will not layoff its employees during the year due to coronavirus outbreak. The announcement was made by the company’s CEO Larry Fink. The statement also stated that the organization will also pay full-time wages to its support staff like cafeteria, and maintenance workers, even if they can’t come to work.
The professional networking site recently announced that it will allow free job postings for eligible organizations over the period from 1 April to 30 June 2020. The site also announced that all the jobs posted in this category will receive an extra promotion to highly relevant candidates in your particular area. The company will promote critical front-line healthcare roles and will list those openings on a central site for COVID-19 relief work opportunities.
The retailer TJX Companies Inc on Tuesday announced that it will furlough most of its employees at its stores and distribution centers, as outlets remained shut to curb coronavirus spread. TJX announced that it will furlough about 286,000 employees and will pay their salaries till the week ending 11 April 2020. The store also shared that senior members will take a pay cut in order to balance their sheets amid the economic downturn.
In a recent development related to the global pandemic, the US states and cities are encouraging the workers to report their employers’ violations related to coronavirus shutdown. The New York Attorney General’s office in its announcement recently asked the workers to get in touch if they felt their employees are violating either the existing labor laws or recently issued New York State executive orders, including Governor Andrew Cuomo’s shutdown order and other COVID-19 related directives.
In the latest development with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was revealed that some portion of the US workers fear that they will not be able to sustain during coronavirus pandemic. About 1 in 5 said that staying at home can lead to an inability to meet basic financial needs like paying rent or buying groceries. In a survey, carried out by Axios and market research firm Ipsos shared that while there is a stability in the access to the basic goods like food and toilet paper, about 31% of the workers feel that their access to healthcare has gotten worse and about 35% of workers reported about deteriorating mental health.
According to a statement by the Reach, the publisher of the Daily Mirror, Daily Express, and Daily Star newspapers will furlough about 1,000 of the employees, while the management along with the senior editorial team will take a pay cut by a fifth. The statement also featured the intend of the organization to furlough about 20% of its 4,700 employees during the coronavirus pandemic. It also stated that the ‘most senior editorial team’ will take a 20% cut in their salaries, while all the other employees will take a 10% pay cut.
According to the data collected on 27 March 2020, by the job posting site Indeed, there was a slump in the US labor market. The data revealed the occupations that were heavily affected by coronavirus has witnessed a dramatic change as compared to last year. The researchers also pointed out the fact that usually there is a surge throughout the spring, but this year the job postings are down by 15.2% as compared to 2019. Indeed also revealed that the surge in slowdown has been quite recent and the gap was about 7.2% as of 21 March 2020.