Compiled by SHRM Online staff
Urgency for Jobs Bill Loses Steam on Capitol Hill
Washington has all but abandoned efforts to help the economy recover faster—and lawmakers don’t seem worried that voters will punish them for it. There are no serious negotiations underway between the White House and congressional leaders on legislation to spur growth, and no bipartisan “gangs” of senators are huddling to craft a compromise job-creation package.
Federal Workers Union Opposes Immigration Bill
Senators pushed forward Monday with changes to a sweeping immigration overhaul over the objections of a union of immigration officers that announced its opposition to the bill. The legislation, written by a bipartisan group of senators, has largely withstood challenges and is on track for a key vote this week as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to pass the measure to the full chamber.
Manufacturing Takes Off the Gloves
Michigan's economy has long been held in the hands of its blue-collar workers. But the bulldozers cleaning up the remains of Ford Motor Co.'s once 4.7 million-square-foot Wixom Assembly Plant, formerly one of the largest assembly plants in the world, are a reminder that the industry is changing.
An Unexpected Bright Spot for Unions
It’s safe to say that unions have taken quite a beating over the past few years, all across the U.S. But organized labor has found an oasis inside a most curious corner of anti-union America. In recent years, Georgia has undergone a film and television industry production boom that has positioned it as one of the most desirable shooting locations in the United States.
Make $30 an Hour, No Bachelor’s Degree Required
The job is growing quickly, offers a median salary around $30 an hour, or $62,500 a year, and does not necessarily require a bachelor's degree. That's because companies can't meet all the demand for workers. The job is still too new, and the labor pool is not quite large enough yet.
Role of Health-Law ‘Navigators’ Under Fire
Lawmakers across the country are tussling over the Obama administration's plans to create a small army of assistants to guide millions of Americans as they sign up for new health-insurance options available this fall. Backers of the health-care overhaul face an uphill battle to spread the word about the law, in the face of consumer research that suggests most uninsured people know little about it.
Latest Health Hurdle: Buying Insurance Without a Bank Account
When movie stars become unbankable, they're no longer a slam dunk at the box office. When investments become unbankable, they're relegated to the Wall Street's junk pile. For ordinary Americans deemed unbankable — those who don't have a traditional checking or savings account — it can be hard to simply pay bills.
Yahoo Must Learn From Past Merger Mistakes
Tumblr is the latest, and perhaps buzziest, startup to be acquired by Yahoo -- but the purple tech giant's track record for previous mergers is spotty at best. Newly minted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is on a buying spree, however, and she is determined to make her acquisitions work.
Senate Panel Says Apple Avoids Billions in U.S. Taxes
Apple, the tech giant that has made a corporate bonanza by selling iPhones, iPads and iPods to consumers worldwide, has avoided tens of billions of dollars in U.S. taxes on its income and profits, according to a Senate report summary issued Monday and swiftly challenged by the firm.
The Most Valuable Global Brands
Apple remains the top global brand with an estimated value of $185 billion, according to an annual ranking by WPP and Millward Brown. Which other companies have brands worth billions? It may have been a lost year for the tech titan in many respects, but Apple’s position as the world's most valuable brand remains undisputed.
Why I’m Protesting Against Gap Over Bangladesh
Anu Mandavilli is joining a protest against Gap, at the clothing company's annual meeting on Tuesday. Her beef: Gap doesn't do enough to improve worker safety in Bangladesh. "I own Gap clothing and I don't think it's acceptable that this is the cost," Mandavilli said. Protesters like Mandavilli are being galvanized into action by labor and socially conscious groups in the wake of the deadly garment factory building collapse.
Indian IT Firms Increase Their Profile in Europe
Indian IT companies are aggressively pursuing a strategy of adding local flavor to their European operations. They realize this would be the only route to get significant business opportunities from the continent, which so far has been quite wary about outsourcing and offshoring.