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Labor representatives at Uniper, A German energy company, fear their ratings might downgrade if Fortum acquires Uniper. Hence, the representatives have called on Fortum to lay out plans for future cooperation between the two companies. Workers fear Pekka Lundmark, Chief Executive of Fortum, could break up the group if Fortum gets majority stake.
On Wednesday, Amazon opened its largest campus building in Hyderabad, India. It is Amazon’s first owned office building outside the U.S. and its largest building globally. The campus is spread over 9.5 acres and is located in Nanakramguda in Gachibowli. It can house more than 15,000 employees. Amazon has invested significantly in India in the last 15 years.
Workers at Station Casinos in Nevada have successfully voted to form a workers’ union. Since 2011, they have arranged several union-organizing drives at Station Casinos, the third-largest employer in Las Vegas. Station Casinos owners have initiated a campaign to discourage the workers. Dozens of unfair labor practice charges filed by workers remain disputed.
Sephora announced updates in its ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives, a press statement said. The company’s “Color Up Close“ program, which includes color-matching tech for in-store customers, will provide inclusive beauty education to its store staff, HR Dive reported. Sephora plans to provide at least 10 different “training touchpoints” by the end of this year.
A survey conducted by Hibob, an HR-tech company, says a majority of job seekers prioritize work culture over salary. The survey, conducted among 1000 U.S. workers, found 69 percent of job seekers are likely to reject a job offer if they find that the company’s existing workers are generally unhappy. Strong corporate culture is “extremely important” to job seekers, the survey revealed.
A new study from Career Arc, a social recruiting and on-demand outplacement firm, says that nearly half of the U.S. employees experience layoff anxiety. The study further found that despite months of record-low unemployment rates, respondents fear an impending recession. Several media reports including the Washington Post have signaled a coming recession. The unemployment rate, which is 3.7 percent, has remained low.
A study by Harvard Business Review Analytics Services (HBR-AS) says companies that embrace emotional intelligence (EI)report higher levels of productivity and better employee engagement. HBR-AS defines EI as a combination of self-awareness, self-control, empathy, and social skills. Organizations that value EI have stronger customer experience and a higher level of customer loyalty than their non-adopting counterparts, the study further says.
In Mississippi, reportedly, several chicken-processing plants have violated federal law by employing undocumented immigrants. This came to light after the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials released an affidavit. Employees, however, say that they have complied with E-verify—a federal electronic employment eligibility system, The Washington Post reported. On August 7, ICE agents detained 680 immigrants who were unlawfully working at a plant.
U.S employers are looking to hire Canadian workers to overcome their headcount challenge, Envoy Global’s Immigration Trends Report concluded. The report surveyed nearly 400 HR leaders and hiring managers. This rising trend is primarily due to increasing denial rate for H-1B visas in the U.S. Canada’s growing population of English-speaking foreign nationals and employer-friendly immigration policies are favorable for hiring.
Bars and restaurants are commonplaces of sexual harassment, a report from non-profit organization Stop Street Harassment revealed. The hospitality industry is known for creating a comfortable atmosphere, so it needs to actively participate in sexual harassment identification and prevention. Some bars instruct guests to order a specific drink when they are feeling uncomfortable in their setting, Fortune reports.
Google workers posted a public petition urging the company to not work with CBP, ORR, and ICE. More than 800 workers filed the petition. Seemingly, the company withheld bidding on a project. The workers demand that Google does not provide any technical services to CBP, ORR, and ICE until the agencies “stop engaging in human rights abuses”, reports Fortune.
On Sunday, Apple Inc. said that it supports 2.4 million jobs directly or indirectly in the U.S. This number is 20 percent up from the last estimate which amounted to 2 million jobs. In the last two and a half years, its workforce has increased from 80,000 to 90,000, the company said. A new 15,000 employee-holding campus in Austin is underway, Apple Inc. said.
A data report sent to the U.S. House Committee on financial services found that less than 25 percent of senior leadership is composed of women and minorities. In the wake of this, members of congress want financial institutions to make more effort to include women and minorities. Boards of directors of some banks consist of 50 percent women and 17 percent minorities.
Brett Yorkmark, the top executive at the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center arena, will step down from his position, Bloomberg reported. The outgoing executive will announce his resignation on Friday evening, Bloomberg further added. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s Executive Vice Chairman Joe Tsai is preparing to take control of Nets and Barclays Center from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
23 Job-finding services in Europe Union have alleged Google’s job listing tool is operating in an anti-competitive manner. The tool aggregates job postings from employers and other job sites. Reuters’ report says these 23 services have suffered a loss of users and profits. The petitioners have asked Margrethe Vestager, Union Competition Commissioner, to temporarily order Google to stop playing unfairly while she investigates.
Citi group’s CEO, Michael Corbat, condemned 2017 Charlottesville clashes by calling them “a vile and tragic affront to our lives”. The CEO earlier hadn’t expressed his views on the situation but took a bold stand in a memo sent to Citi’s 200,000 employees. Reportedly, the CEO is proactively taking stances on social and business issues.
Twitter has been under fire for widespread abuse and misinformation on its service, reports Fortune. The company has taken aggressive steps to counter this problem. It says it has tripled the number of workers who monitor the site to 1,500 and is using technology to detect and remove objectionable tweets. Despite reassurances from company executives, the problem has persisted.
On Monday, Yum Brands Inc. named David Gibbs as its next chief executive officer. Gibbs follows Greg Creed, who will retire at the end of the year. Gibbs has been with the company since 1989. He has held several senior roles including the chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. Creed will continue to advise the company as a part-time adviser.
A study conducted by Florida State University says tourism employees are the lowest paid among all workers. Tourism in Florida contributes USD86 billion to the economy and supports 1.5 million jobs. The average weekly wage was USD311 for leisure and hospitality workers, the study further found. High turnover and low wage are common in the hospitality industry.
A report from Willis Tower Watson and global insurance broker Gallagher say employers plan to keep wage increase at or below 3 percent and offer additional personalized benefits, bonuses, and other variable compensation. Companies are looking for ways to attract and retain talent. Healthcare costs are the main reason behind this decision.