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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  11/26/2014

Working on Thanksgiving Day? Ohio Wants to Triple Your Pay 
A lawmaker in Ohio proposes that stores to pay triple wages for employees who work on Thanksgiving Day. Macy's, Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, Kohl's, JCPenney, Sears, and Toys R Us will be open, but more than 30 big name retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Christian Science Monitor 


Quarter of Americans Will Work Over Holidays
Millions of Americans will work on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and many of them aren't in the retail industry. While retail workers have elicited increasing public outrage over holiday scheduling, particularly in recent years as stores have moved opening hours into Thanksgiving, employees in industries including law enforcement, health care, travel, utilities, freight and news all work over the holidays.
USA Today

HHS: 3.7 million Visited in 1st Week
According to the Health and Human Services Department in figures released Wednesday, 462,000 people selected health insurance plans out of the 3.7 million who logged on to the federal exchange during the first week of open enrollment. Slightly more than 1 million people filled out applications.
USA Today

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans
As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned then against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere. Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued in early November.

Top Male Engineers at Google Make Nearly 20% More Than Female Peers
A recent survey of median salaries by Glassdoor suggests that at many Silicon Valley firms, men make thousands of dollars more than women every year. The numbers are heavily conditional on experience and the number of reports from either sex. However, where women demonstrate more experience than men, the wage gap doesn't substantially shift in favor of women like you might expect.
Washington Post

401(k) Gender Gap: Women Saving More Than Men
Even though men make $1 to a woman's 77 cents, women were the bigger savers over the past 12 months.

US Personal Income Up 0.2% in Oct; Spending Up 0.2%
U.S. consumer spending rebounded in October, suggesting some resilience in the economy at the start of the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said Wednesday consumer spending increased 0.2 percent last month after being flat in September.


Jobless Claims in U.S. Increase to Almost 3-Month High   
More Americans than forecast filed for unemployment benefits last week, a possible sign the pace of improvement in the labor market has cooled.


Jobless Claims Rise to 313,000
Initial claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but continue to hover below pre-recession levels, the Labor Department said Wednesday.
USA Today

Economy Grows at Solid 3.9%
WASHINGTON - The economy grew faster in the third quarter than initially thought, expanding at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

Durable Goods Orders Up on Transportation Strength
New orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in October increased $1 billion, or 0.4%, to $243.8 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Wednesday. The data is a key predictor of the economic health. 
USA Today

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Rises to Highest in 7 Years
Consumer confidence climbed to a more than seven-year high in November as Americans' views of their financial well-being improved heading into the holiday shopping season.

US Consumer, Business Spending Data Point to Slowing Growth
U.S. consumer spending rose modestly in October and a key measure of business spending plans on equipment fell for a second straight month, suggesting some slowing in the pace of economic growth. Other data on Wednesday showed initial claims for jobless benefits broke above 300,000 last week for the first time since September.

:-O: Surprising Power of Emoticons

From to ¯\(°_o)/¯, there are now thousands of emoticons, and as Chris Baraniuk discovers, some can even sway our behaviour.

Jian Ghomeshi Charged with 4 Counts of Sexual Assault: Police
TORONTO (CP) — Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault. Toronto police say he also faces another charge, which they called ``overcome resistance - choking."
HR Reporter

Vets Needing PTSD Benefits Face Dizzying Paperwork, 8-Month Wait: Auditor
Access to long-term services taking too long, report found.
HR Reporter


EU: Extend ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ 
In a new set of guidelines agreed on in Brussels, the body representing the EU’s 28 national privacy regulators said that search engines should apply the bloc’s new right to be forgotten to all of their websites. 
Wall Street Journal
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Juncker Reveals Giant EU Jobs Plan 
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives details of a €315bn (£250bn; $393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe's economy. 


























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