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4/23/2014  Compiled by SHRM Online staff 

Obamacare: One More Reason to Quit Your Job
Health reform set out to ensure that nearly every American has coverage, in part by requiring that virtually all large employers offer the benefit or pay a fine -- and creating insurance exchanges for workers who miss out

Online Job Postings for Non-College Grads Few and Far Between
Less-educated Americans desperate for work may not be finding a job online for one simple reason: The job they want isn’t being posted there. A new analysis of online job postings, released Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, finds that most jobs for people with a college education are now posted online.
NBC News

How Women Can Narrow the ‘Confidence Gap’
In a new book, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know, two high-profile TV journalists, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, say women are less confident than men even when they are equally competent. They cite studies that suggest this lack of confidence is getting in the way of more women getting ahead. The authors have seen it in themselves and in interviews with powerful people.

JetBlue Pilots Vote to Unionize
JetBlue pilots voted Tuesday to unionize, ending its run as one of the last large non-union airlines. The Airlines Pilot Association said 71 percent of JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots voted to unionize.

This Is Why Your Co-Workers Judge You
Lots of people today look to performance- or appearance-enhancing substances to get an edge in the workplace. This could backfire if others find out. Whether your boost of choice is a double shot of espresso before a big meeting or a few shots of something to fix crow’s feet or bags under your eyes, your co-workers probably will judge you if they know about it,

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes
At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home? According to a new report, YUM! compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013. Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million.
National Public Radio

Why Even $1 Million May Not Be Enough for Retirement
You’ve been saving like a miser to get ready for retirement. You've pinched pennies, kept that last car for what seems like an eternity. And now you've banked a cool $1 million for your retirement years. Think you're set? Well, you very well might be. Then again, you still might be short.

U.S. Middle Class No Longer the World’s Richest
The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.
New York Times

Delinquent IRS Employees Paid Bonuses by the Agency
The IRS was in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues themselves. More than $2.8 million, plus thousands of hours of paid time-off, were doled out over two years to employees who had recently been disciplined for various types of misconduct.

Univ. of California OKs $10 Million Settlement in Whistleblower-Retaliation Case
University of California regents agreed to pay $10 million to the former chairman of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who had alleged that the well-known medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care.
Los Angeles Times

Students Cry Foul Over Athlete Unions
While some college athletes say that it's only fair that schools treat them like employees, their non-athlete peers are crying foul. Nearly half of U.S. college students surveyed over the past two weeks said they opposed the idea of student athletes forming unions -- just as a regulatory board ruled that some can do just that.

Future of the Internet Debated in Brazil
A meeting to determine how the internet should be governed gets under way in Sao Paulo, Brazil later. The country's president, Dilma Rousseff, organized the two-day NetMundial event following allegations the U.S. National Security Agency had monitored her phone and e-mails.
BBC News

Chinese Factories Extend Slump
China’s factories continued to struggle in April, according to an early gauge of activity in the country's all-important manufacturing sector. HSBC said its "flash" measure of sentiment among manufacturing purchasing managers was 48.3 in April.

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