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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  11/25/2015
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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected 

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, drifting back to near 42-year lows as labor market conditions continue to tighten.


U.A.W. Contracts Change Math for Detroit Automakers
Deals to address a two-tier wage structure will add to the pressure to maintain earnings and could move less-profitable production to Mexico.
The New York Times


Small Shops Take Pride in Turning Their Backs on Black Friday
Some independent retailers are choosing closed doors over doorbusters and even forgoing all holiday discounts, saying that doing so makes smart business sense.
The New York Times


'Muted' Black Friday Forecast for Retailers, With TVs, Toys Giving a Lift
Sorry, Black Friday, you're just not that special anymore. While the days surrounding Thanksgiving remain a big draw for holiday shoppers, early online promotions and a willingness to shop via smartphone over pumpkin pie have chipped away at what was for a few decade a single-day retail phenomenon.
NBC News


Black Friday: A Time to Build Brand (Opinion)
With REI closing all its stores on Black Friday and giving its employees a paid day off that day, REI is showing a commitment to its brand, and is an instructive case for other businesses.

Premiums Rise Faster For Flexible Health Plans than For HMOs
The cost of health plans that allow more choices of doctors and hospitals are rising almost twice as much as those with rigid networks, finds an analysis of markets around the country.


Working While Brown: What Discrimination Looks Like Now
According to a CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll on race in America, 69 percent of blacks and 57 percent of Hispanics say past and present discrimination is a major reason for the problems facing people of their racial or ethnic group. And 26% of blacks and 15 percent of Hispanics said they felt that they had been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity at their place of work in the past 30 days.


Navigating the Unwritten Rules of the Workplace
There are all sorts of unwritten rules about how to behave in the workplace, rules that you usually only learn from — often embarrassing — experience.


The Business Value of Gratitude
As we reflect on this Thanksgiving, the benefits of gratitude in everyday life are great, but in the workplace they are even more apparent. Here are five of the cultural and financial benefits of gratitude in the workplace.
Huffington Post


Startups Vie to Deliver Turkeys, Wine in 1 Hour
Delivery services are relying on the prospect of bigger paydays to lure workers on Thanksgiving.
Wall Street Journal


How Walmart Keeps an Eye on Its Massive Workforce
The retail giant is always watching.


Fewer Companies are Throwing Office Holiday Parties
What once might have been viewed as a foreboding sign of corporate distress could sound pretty good this time of year: More companies are saying they just don't do holiday parties anymore.
Washington Post


This Could Be the Most Dangerous Workplace in the World
These limestone quarries in Minya, Egypt, may be one of the world's most dangerous work environments. Obvious hazards include the stonecutters and drivers speeding through clouds of dust, but the chief killer is the limestone itself.



How to Deal with Jerks in the Workplace
Think you have to put up with that jerk of a boss, client, or coworker? Think again.
Fast Company



Number One Workplace Right You Think Exists That Doesn't: Wrongful Termination
Most American workers think employers must have a reason to fire you. Surely your employer can't just be arbitrary and unfair. Surely they can't just wake up in a bad mood and fire you because they didn't like your shirt. And there's the rub. Because, in every state but Montana, your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all. In most states, they don't even have to give a reason.
Huffington Post



Maple Leaf Foods Cutting More than 400 Jobs in Move to Streamline
TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods is cutting more than 400 salaried jobs in a move to cut costs and streamline the organization. Maple Leaf says it employs roughly 12,000 people across Canada.
HR Reporter


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