By Ilyse Wolens Schuman
This week, the White House released its $3.9 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015.
While such proposals are more aspirational than anything else, they do provide insight into the programs and initiatives the Administration deems priorities for the coming year. The budget for the U.S. Department of Labor is notable because it reflects the Agency’s continued emphasis on enforcement.
The proposal would grant the Labor Department $11.8 billion in discretionary funding, much of which would support the enforcement of wage and hour, worker misclassification, whistleblower, and employment safety laws. Read more…
Culture is a hot workplace topic but remains a tremendous opportunity for most organizations to further support their purpose, solve problems, and improve performance.
One of the foremost authorities on the subject of culture is Edgar Schein, Professor Emeritus with MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of many best sellers including the Corporate Culture Survival Guide and, his most recent book, Humble Inquiry – The Art of Asking and Not Telling.
He was recently interviewed for the launch of CultureUniversity.com and a number of important culture insights were captured to help bring some clarity to this deep topic. Read more…
According to the 2013 Better Life Index by OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) we’re still fighting the battle to find balance between work and our personal lives.
Out of the 36 countries ranked on the 2013 Better Life Index, the U.S. came in at No. 28 for work-life balance, behind almost all the countries in Europe as well as Brazil, New Zealand, and Canada. Australia fell just behind the U.S at No. 29.
The top three countries for work-life balance were Denmark at No. 1, the Netherlands at No. 2, and Norway at No. 3. Read more…
A case that has the potential to cost staffing companies — and, in turn, their clients — hundreds of millions of dollars is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices agreed to hear a Fair Labor Standards Act suit against Amazon’s temporary worker provider, Integrity Staffing Solutions, over whether workers should be paid for the time they spend going through company security on their way home.
Two former employees provided by Integrity who worked at Amazon’s two Nevada warehouses sued the retailer’s staffing firm demanding to be paid for the 20-25 minutes it routinely takes them to clear the daily security check.
Because the case was filed as a class action, it could affect many or most of the estimated 38,000 temps at Amazon’s three dozen U.S. warehouses and distribution centers. Read more…
It’s official — San Francisco has banned the box.
Employers in the City and County of San Francisco may no longer inquire about criminal history on employment applications or during interviews. Titled the The Fair Chance Ordinance, No. 17-14, the new law goes into effect on Aug. 13, 2014 and prohibits both private and public employers with at least 20 employees from asking about a criminal past on the job application or in an initial interview.
The law also restricts asking about criminal history on applications for affordable housing within the city. With respect to employment, the law applies to temporary workers, contract workers, and city contractors and subcontractors. Read more…
By Eric B. Meyer
In a few weeks, the National Football League owners are going to consider a proposed rule governing the use of the “N”-word during a football game. If the rule goes into effect, any team with a player who uses the “N”-word during a game, will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.
Players, young and old, disagree on the rule.
Here are Michael Wilbon and Jason Whitlock from ESPN’s Outside the Lines debating the merits of the proposed new rule. Read more…
In case you didn’t hear about it, college football powerhouse Alabama recently offered a scholarship to 8th grade football player Dylan Moses and LSU offered a scholarship to a 9th grader.
Before you react in shock, as a parent might, consider the fact that teenage talent may be the last remaining untapped corporate recruiting pool.
Most corporate recruiting leaders wear blinders that prevent them from even considering recruiting top high school and non-degreed talent into their professional positions. But not every recruiting leader has a fear of recruiting teenagers, however. In fact the “early-age talent” benchmark recruiting standard was set a long time ago by sports recruiters. Read more…
By Gregory A. Brown
Recently, on opposite coasts, health care union have been pressing voter ballot initiatives to win concessions from hospitals and other health care institutions that the unions have been unable to successfully negotiate.
For example, in November 2013 the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West filed two ballot initiatives in California.
The first initiative seeks to limit the total compensation (salary plus bonus, pension, etc., excluding health and disability insurance) of non-profit hospital/health systems executives to $450,000 per year. The second initiative would cap the amount that both for-profit and non-profit, but not children’s, hospitals could charge its patients to 25 percent above the cost of services or items rendered to the patients. Read more…
By John E. Thompson
We have long warned that one should not simply assume that an internship associated with or sponsored by an educational institution falls outside of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s requirements.
Our caution includes situations in which the intern receives academic credit for the time spent working. Read more…
Everyone knows that flex work (or telework, or whatever else you call it) has been on the rise, and last year’s prolonged debate when Yahoo decided to get rid of the option for their workforce exposed the strong feelings that so many have about it.
That’s why some new research from the Flex+Strategy Group and Work+Life Fit, Inc. (FSG/WLF) is pretty interesting as it digs into this workforce trend that so many feel so very passionately about.
The key findings were somewhat surprising. Read more…