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July 2015
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Top News

Fight for 15 wins in Los Angeles Los Angeles is Now the Largest City with a $15 Minimum Wage
The second largest city in the country has passed a measure that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. The wage hike will affect upwards of 600,000 workers, but no one is quite certain what effect the law will have on businesses and the economy. Los Angeles is now the largest city to pass such a high minimum wage and will be watched closely as an experiment for whether a $15 an hour wage can really work. Read more.

Can Blind Auditions Eliminate Hiring Bias?
Bias runs rampant in the hiring process, and many managers may not even be aware of it. Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo have all recognized the importance of increasing diversity in their workforce, but the outlook for women and minorities – in tech especially – is still grim. To eliminate racial or gender bias, some companies have taken their cue from reality TV competition show “The Voice” and started using blind auditions for job applicants.
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No More Negotiations: A Way to Solve the Gender Wage Gap?
Ellen Pao has consistently made headlines. First for her discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins and now for making a bold move as Reddit’s CEO. Pao announced that she would be eliminating salary negotiations at the social news-sharing site in order to help eradicate the gender wage gap. Any job offer at Reddit now has a take-it-or-leave-it salary. Will Pao’s plan help eliminate pay disparity or does it strip job seekers of their power and put all control with management?
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Are Wellness Programs Really Voluntary?
Would you be surprised to be rejected for a job because of testing positive for nicotine use? In the 21 states where this practice is legal, many companies are refusing to hire smokers. This trend comes with many companies’ increased efforts to keep insurance expenses low by promoting wellness programs. Under the ADA, these programs must be voluntary, but the EEOC has sued several companies claiming that the penalties they impose render them involuntary.
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June Jobs Report
A third straight month of strong job growth boosted optimism for the second half of 2015. The unemployment rate fell to the lowest in seven years, but economists worry that falling unemployment was prompted by Americans exiting the workforce, rather than more people finding jobs. Read more.

Management Matters

Texting on the Job
A manager has noticed that an employee has been texting all day long. Most managers don’t mind a text here or there, but the employee is constantly typing away. Anita Clew offers advice on how to deal with the phone offender, and the policy of the company overall, when a manager is vexed about texts. Read more.

Go Figure

  53 Percent

The percentage of employees who have identified as burned out and overworked, according to a new survey by Staples Advantage. However, 86% are happy and willing to work for a promotion.


 
 
Management Tip

 

When recruiting and hiring seasonal summer workers...
Manage them as if they are permanent employees! Set high expectations and communicate them to your seasonal workers, train them thoroughly, and give performance feedback. If you invest in your summer workers, you may just find your next best permanent employee.

 
Safety Rules

Beating the Summer Heat

Many places in the country are experiencing a hotter than usual summer. Heat-related injuries are common and can lead to lost production, lost time incidents, and even hospitalizations. Keep your employees safe and productive during the warmer months by using these tips:

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – Water is the best and simplest solution to prevent dehydration. Use your body weight in ounces for a minimum amount of water to drink per day. For instance, a 180 pound person should be drinking roughly 180 ounces of water or eleven 16 ounces glasses a day.

  • Beware of certain beverages – Coffee, soda, and even sports drinks should be consumed in moderation on hot days. These types of drinks can actually accelerate dehydration.

  • Consider adjusting work schedules – If possible, modify employees’ shifts so that they are not exposed to high temperatures. Add additional breaks and make sure that employees have plenty of chances to hydrate.

  • Keep alert for signs of heat-related illness – Fatigue, weakness, confusion, excessive sweating or lack of sweating, pale skin, and extreme thirst are all signs of heat exhaustion and extreme dehydration.

If you see any of these signs or symptoms, move the employee to a cooler area, remove any restrictive clothing, and given them cool water to drink. Contact medical personnel for a medical evaluation.


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