>Hobby Lobby, a retail chain of more than 400 arts and crafts stores, has increased the wages of full-time hourly employees to a minimum of $10 per hour, more than 52 percent above the national minimum wage of $6.55 per hour. This increase and other pay raises for full-time hourly employees earning up to $13 per hour will raise the pay of more than 6,900 employees, some by up to nearly $600 per month. “Our employees are the backbone of our company, and we believe that giving them the opportunity to share in our success is the right thing to do,” said David Green, CEO and founder. It’s not the first time Hobby Lobby has bucked the trend in trying times: last year the company gave raises to offset cost of living increases when gas prices rose.
>Workplace Prof blogger Jeffrey M. Hirsch has a new hypo for his employment law course, he notes, in the form of a company president who claims to have selected workers for layoff by walking through the company parking lot and finding employee cars whose bumpers have Obama stickers on them. “I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem,” the boss writes. “They voted for change, I gave it to them.”
>While most employers will likely never have to deal with a transgender worker, gender identity has become the latest battleground issue in employment discrimination law, which no employer can ignore, reports CNNMoney.com. Quoted in the article, Ramapo College law professor Jillian Weiss, who discusses these issues in her Transgender Workplace Diversity Blog, stresses workplace civility. It is not about trying to convince your workforce to endorse a transgender lifestyle, she said, but employers must create a work environment that is tolerant and respectful of all employees.
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