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November 2014
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Top News

A Woman Home without Paid Sick Leave 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?
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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.
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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.
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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.

Go Figure

  800,000

The amount of employees that retailers are predicting they will hire to meet the demands of this holiday shopping season, the highest since 1999, according to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas Holiday Hiring Forecast.

 
 
Management Tip

 

Don’t be afraid to ask...
how your employees like to be managed. Sit down and have a one-on-one conversation to discover your employees’ preferences for how they best communicate; how often they like to receive feedback; and how you will collaborate on communicating project updates, meeting deadlines, and executing individual and departmental goals.

 
Management Matters

Stop Over-Apologizing
Anita Clew offers advice to a newly promoted manager who worries that she may be using the phrase “I’m sorry” too much, even when she is not at fault. Does over-apologizing make managers, especially women in leadership, look weak? Anita delves into the subject without any apologies. Read more.

Safety Rules

New OSHA Requirements
OSHA recently announced new requirements for employers when reporting severe injuries. Under the revised rules, which are effective January 1, 2015, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related injuries within 8 hours if the injury involves fatalities or amputations. Employers will be required to notify OSHA within 24 hours if injury involves loss of an eye or in-patient hospitalization.

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with OSHA’s new severe injury and illness reporting requirements


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