Paid Sick Leave Spreads in Time for Flu Season
Flu season is upon us, but about 40% of U.S. workers are not offered paid sick leave through their employers. Recent legislation in many cities and states could be changing that. Five major cities in New Jersey recently mandated that employers must provide some kind of sick leave plan for workers, and California became the second state to require paid sick time for employees, even those who work part-time. Should sick leave be mandatory across the nation? Read more.
Wearables in Wellness: The Next Step in Corporate Health Care
Many employers give laptops and cell phones to their staff, but now some employees come to work decked out in company-issued wearable fitness devices. Fitbits, Nike Fuelbands, and Jawbone Up bands are becoming common apparel at the office. Are wearables the next evolution in corporate wellness programs or just a passing trend? Read more.
Transparent Salaries: From Hourly Employees to the CEO
At most companies, discussing salary involves speculation and gossip around the water cooler. Employees whisper and wonder about how much the CEO pulls in or if people in the same position are getting paid equally. Pay is often a taboo subject, but some companies, from national chains to Silicon Valley start-ups, are implementing salary transparency policies that reveal just how much every employee at the company is making, from a newly hired college graduate to the CEO. Read more.
Apple, Facebook Add Egg Freezing to List of “Perks”
Tech giants Apple and Facebook recently announced that they would be adding egg freezing to a long list of high-end benefits, including gourmet dining, free dry cleaning, and on-site gyms. Both companies will subsidize up to $20,000 of the elective process. The policy has been both heralded as a tool for progressive empowerment of women and also criticized as a weak fix for systemic workplace inequality that drives women out of the tech industry. Read more.
October 2014 Jobs Report
The U.S. economy added 214,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate fell to 5.8%, its lowest level since 2008. Read more.