Month: February 2021

​On Feb. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill that proposes to amend federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in employment, housing, public schools, among other areas. The U.S. Supreme Court already has interpreted Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination
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​Young workers can be a source of seasonal or part-time labor for businesses looking to fill entry-level jobs. But managing these young employees can present challenges, especially if it’s their first experience in the workforce. Mike Catania, chief technology officer at PromotionCode.org, an online coupon distributor based in Henderson, Nev., recalls a college-age employee who would
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​The Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee for COVID-19 Pandemic in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have introduced new measures to curb the second wave of COVID-19 cases. On Feb. 1, the Dubai Committee announced that, effective the following day and for the duration
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​Ontario and Quebec both moved into provincewide lockdowns before the start of 2021 to minimize transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Thousands of people in Ontario and Quebec tested positive for COVID-19 per day during the pandemic’s second wave. These record-high, single-day case numbers spurred public health officers in each province to action in December 2020.
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​Uber drivers in the United Kingdom are entitled to worker benefits, such as minimum wage and holiday pay, according to the U.K.’s highest court. Uber had argued that app-based drivers are self-employed and therefore not entitled to such benefits, but the U.K. Supreme Court disagreed. The court rejected the gig-economy company’s argument that it serves
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Nine employees at Smokey Denmark’s Smoked Meats Co. in Austin, Texas, were once refugees living in the forests of Thailand. Driven out of their native Myanmar, they journeyed to the U.S. in 2009 and built a new life. Now, courtesy of a workplace education program, that new life has expanded to include a growing proficiency
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​As the Indian government advances its COVID-19 vaccination program, some companies are making plans to vaccinate their employees as soon as possible. “We are in talks with vaccine developers and manufacturers to procure vaccines in bulk,” said Udbhav Ganjoo, head of HR-global operations for India and emerging Asia at Viatris, a health care firm that
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“They are critically important in closing our country’s skills gap, bringing unique perspectives and experiences to the workplace, and fostering strong and supportive work ethics,” Taylor continued. “COVID-19 has hit the higher education community hard, and the pandemic will impact HBCUs. It’s more important than ever to support these institutions and recognize their contributions to
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​United Kingdom employers that have claimed government grants to keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic should make sure they can show their claims were made properly, given the government’s efforts to fight furlough fraud. The government is taking several steps to hinder fraud in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), including publishing details
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Updated 2/12/2021 With recent market volatility and a change in the political landscape following the 2020 elections, Unions are once again garnering a lot of attention. President Joe Biden has voiced his support for organized labor at a time when the pressure is mounting to increase the minimum wage on a national scale. Despite the
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When I was at Deloitte in the late ‘90s/early 2000s, the joke among the junior consultants was that once clients and the general population started to use our industry buzzwords, it was time to change them. “Re-engineering” became “process optimization”, which then became “business process transformation”. It’s not that these terms have no meaning. These
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​The issue of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement in mainland China has burst into the spotlight. Demonstrators defied restrictions on public protests and mass gatherings to collect outside a Beijing court in December 2020 in support of a young woman bringing a claim of sexual misconduct against a well-known television presenter. Such cases are
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​A year into the pandemic, one of the persistent questions within global mobility teams is how to inject additional resilience into their emergency response plans. The answer requires managerial attention to three distinct but complementary domains: environmental competency, communication agility and reporting accuracy. Environmental competency highlights the necessity for global mobility to keep up-to-date information
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​Clare Greatorex loves working as a complementary therapist providing reflexology, a therapy for the hands and feet to restore physical and emotional well-being to clients with a variety of chronic conditions. She had a room at a local shop called Body and Soul in Blagdon, England, and saw steady business from loyal customers.  Then, in
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​Editor’s Note: SHRM has partnered with Harvard Business Review to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. I once had a student in my executive education class, a managing director at a global bank, who told a heartrending story of her first steps toward professional success. As a teenager she had become a mother,
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