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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.

     

    Read more at Reuters
  • 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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  • Parents who choose remote learning loses rights over FFCRA leave!

    Parents who choose remote learning loses rights over FFCRA leave!

    News by Editorial Team 01 Sep 2020

    According to the guidance released by the US Department of Labor on 27th Aug., 2020, parents who have a choice of both in-person and online learning options and they choose latter would not be able to take paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). DOL in a statement clearly mentioned that FFCRA leave would not be available to take care of a child whose school is open for in-person attendance.

     

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  • G4S security company win dismissal of lawsuit over confidential data!

    G4S security company win dismissal of lawsuit over confidential data!

    News by Editorial Team 01 Sep 2020

    In another lawsuit filed by employees, the federal judge dismissed the lawsuit arguing that the individuals didn’t suffer a concrete and particularized injury. G4S Secure Solutions Inc had won the lawsuit that accused the company of mishandling employees’ Social Security numbers, when a Georgia federal judge found that the employees didn’t have much evidence.

     

    Read more at Reuters
  • Coca-Cola plans to slash jobs through buyouts and layoffs!

    Coca-Cola plans to slash jobs through buyouts and layoffs!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Aug 2020

    According to an internal announcement made by the beverage giant Coca-Cola on Friday, the company is planning a restructuring its workforce and the plan would also include voluntary job cuts. Coca-Cola’s shares that were a market value of $210 billion had risen to about 1% in premarket trading and fell about 12% in 2020. The announcement stated that Coke would offer voluntary layoff packages to all the employees who qualify. The layoffs would start with about 400 employees in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico who were hired on or before 1 Sept, 2017. The move aims to limit the number of involuntary job cuts that would follow. 

     

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  • Directors of Appvion win second suit's dismissal over ESOP!

    Directors of Appvion win second suit's dismissal over ESOP!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Aug 2020

    In a recent development related to the Appvion Inc – the leading manufacturer of thermal, carbonless, and security paper and currently bankrupt – Appvion’s ex-officers and former directors have won the dismissal of a lawsuit. The suit was filed on behalf of creditors and had accused the directors of inflating the company’s stock price and improperly borrowed from the company to make payments under an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). 

     

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  • Mars sues the rival JAB Holdings over document theft claims!

    Mars sues the rival JAB Holdings over document theft claims!

    News by Editorial Team 31 Aug 2020

    Mars – the family-owned business – plans to sue the arch rival JAB Holdings over theft claims. According to the lawsuit filed by Mars, one of its ex-executives had stolen more than 6,000 documents and had passed them to JAB. The documents, according to the lawsuit, contained trade secrets. Interestingly, the ex-Mars executive – who is at the center of the lawsuit claimed that one of the Mars’ family member had ‘stamped’ on his foot and warned him that he would regret his decision to leave.

     

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  • Employees apply only 54% of new skills they learn: Gartner!

    Employees apply only 54% of new skills they learn: Gartner!

    News by Editorial Team 28 Aug 2020

    According to an analysis by Gartner report published on 19 Aug, 2020, the number of skills required for a job has increased by 10% year-over-year, however, employees applied only 54% of the new skills they learn. The report also stated that about 33% of the skilled workers that were needed three years ago were no longer relevant in the current corporate world. In addition, the report also stated that COVID-19 pandemic had continued to amplify the need for new skills as business strategies would shift and employees would adapt to new ways of working.

     

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  • United Airlines plans to slash about 2,850 pilot jobs!

    United Airlines plans to slash about 2,850 pilot jobs!

    News by Editorial Team 28 Aug 2020

    In an internal announcement made by United Airlines it was revealed that the airline plans to cut about 2,850 pilot jobs between 1 Oct and 30 Nov, 2020, if there is no extension on the aid package from the government. The government aid package helped airlines cover employee payroll for another six months, as they weather the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts announced were higher than those announced by Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

     

    Read more at CNBC

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