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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  7/31/2015
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U.S. Employment Costs Post Smallest Increase on Record
U.S. labor costs in the second quarter recorded their smallest increase in 33 years amid tepid gains in the private sector, but it likely was a temporary setback against the backdrop of diminishing labor market slack.
Reuters


Quarterly Increase in U.S. Worker Pay Smallest on Record
Wages and salaries in the U.S. rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay. The 0.2 percent advance was the smallest since records began in 1982 and followed a 0.7 percent increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday.
Bloomberg


Business Loses Court Challenge to NLRB's 'Ambush Elections' Rule
The Society for Human Resource Management, another plaintiff in the case, said the ruling upholding the NLRB’s union election rule “is a loss for workers everywhere. Employees need adequate time and information to make an informed decision about whether or not to join a union, and this decision prevents that.”
Washington Business Journal


Big U.S. Cities Lead the Way in Economic Recovery
Not a single city with a population above 300,000, such as Philadelphia, reported that economic conditions had worsened over the last year and 23% said they had improved greatly. The finding is according to a new report from the National League of Cities that looks at the economic health of cities across the country.
Wall Street Journal


Exclusive: Secret NSA Map Shows China Cyber Attacks on U.S. Targets
A secret NSA map obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the Chinese government’s massive cyber assault on all sectors of the U.S economy, including major firms like Google and Lockheed Martin, as well as the U.S. government and military. The map uses red dots to mark more than 600 corporate, private or government "Victims of Chinese Cyber Espionage" that were attacked over a five-year period, with clusters in America's industrial centers. 
NBC News


Study On Hispanic Professionals Reveals Low Productivity, Engagement In The Workplace
At a time when Hispanics are projected to represent 74% of labor force growth by 2020 according to Selig Center for Economic Growth – especially as Americans get older and retire – a new study by Center for Hispanic Leadership Academy reveals some potentially devastating news for the future of U.S. business and the American economy.
Forbes


Why Taking Breaks Helps Boost Your Productivity 
Your mind is not programmed to be productive for eight hours straight. But, there are ways for you to be the most productive in the least amount of time.  
Christian Science Monitor


To Get Big-Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys to Teens
Tractor-trailers have 18 wheels. But under current federal law, you can't be 18 years old and drive one across state lines. You have to be 21. The highway bill working its way through the Senate, though, would change that. Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, thinks it’s a terrible idea and some trucking companies don't like the idea.
NPR


Free or Paid, Internships Are Worthwhile
It’s widely agreed that interning during college is one of the best ways that students can find jobs after graduation, but the question about whether interns should be paid is now tied up in a lengthy legal battle. A controversial federal appellate court ruling earlier this month made it more likely that a growing number of internships will become a luxury that only affluent students can afford. 
CBS News


Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up to Retirement Savings
People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. What happened next?
NPR


Dos, Don’ts of Office Romance
Love has an uncanny knack of showing up when you least expect it. And when it happens at your workplace, it's likely to get complicated. That is, if you let it. Here are some dos and don’ts.
Times of India


$2 a Gallon Gasoline May be Back by New Year
DES MOINES — Drivers are paying nearly 70 cents less for gas than they were a year ago, and the price at the pump is expected to begin dropping again this fall. Prices could tumble close to $2 per gallon by the New Year, analysts said.
USA Today


More Millennial Women Putting Career Before Motherhood
After graduating from Harvard, Yi Gu pursued her career before choosing to start a family. The New York Times chronicled her story in a July 22 article. The accompanying statistics and studies showed she wasn’t the only woman venturing into her career field before having children. College women’s opinions echoed the findings of various studies —  proving that Millennial women are pursuing their careers first.
USA Today


South May Rise Again Someday, But Not In Your Workplace
Regardless of your personal feelings about the legacy of the Confederate flag, employers would be well-advised to make sure employees do not display it in their workplace on their clothing or at their work stations, or even in their cars (or on their cars if Bo and Luke Duke are your employees). The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has repeatedly taken the position that display of the Confederate flag can be evidence of unlawful harassment.
National Law Review


Legislative Efforts Reflect a Push to Limit Rights, Workplace Protections
Persistent congressional efforts to cut back workplace protections for federal employees advanced when the House voted to dilute due process rights for Department of Veterans Affairs employees.
Washington Post

Woman Alleges Discrimination by U.S. Employer for being Canadian
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CP) — A Canadian woman living in the United States is suing her former employer on the grounds that she was discriminated against because of her country of origin. 
HR Reporter


'That's so Gay!': Workplace Bullying of LGBT Employees
According to a survey of employers, 50 percent of respondents said that their companies had introduced language in a company policy or code that set an expectation of a hospitable workplace free from bullying.
Inside Counsel


On Leadership Blog: Average Worker Loses 11 Days of Productivity Annually Due to Insomnia, and Companies Are Taking Notice
The numbers are less clear on how many companies have programs or benefits in place to help workers sleep, particularly among the traditional nine-to-five population. The Society for Human Resources Management asks about on-site nap rooms in its annual study of workplace benefits—something only about 2 percent of respondents say they offer.
Washington Post


Memories Tied to a Night's Rest
A new study suggests the answers you're stumped to remember while awake, may be easier to recall after a night's sleep. And it's not just because you're sleepy. Previous research has shown that sleep can selectively enhance memories needed for the future, and sleep deprivation can even lead to false memories. However, a new study published in the journal Cortex says not only does sleep protect memories, it also makes them more easily accessible. 
CNN


How Corporate Wellness Benefits Boost Recruitment Efforts
SHRM released their State of Employee Benefits in the Workplace report, which provided evidence for the use of group employee benefits, including wellness programs, to improve recruitment efforts.
About Money


6 Thank You Note Mistakes That Could Very Easily Ruin Your Chances
You just killed in your interview—now you’re stuck waiting for the company to get back to you about next steps. What should you be doing in the meantime (besides checking your inbox every five minutes)? Well, um, writing your thank you note—but you’ll want to avoid these six things to ensure you leave a (positive) lasting impression on your interviewer with your thank you note.
The Muse


Last Time Unemployment Rose This Much, Norway Cut Rates 
If Norway's central bank is consistent, it will cut rates at its next meeting. That's what it's done every time unemployment rose as much as it did this month. Unemployment at 3.1 percent probably wouldn't ruffle the feathers of policy makers in the U.S., Greece, Spain (or countless struggling economies). But we're talking about a nation so small it had to import skilled labor from outside to help dig up all its petroleum.
Bloomberg


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

                

 

 

 

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