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State minimum wage rates to go up with inflation in 2012

October 17th, 2011

Increases in the minimum wage often involve protracted political battles, but no so for 10 states that will increase their rates in 2012. That’s because these states tie annual increases in their minimums to increases in the cost of living.
The minimum wage will increase by 28 cents next year in Colorado; 30 cents in Montana, [Read more...]

Research shows young workers worldwide are more satisfied with their employers than the overall workforce, yet are more likely to be thinking about leaving

October 17th, 2011

Young workers worldwide present an unusual paradox for employers: They are more likely than the overall workforce to be satisfied with the organizations for which they work, yet also more likely to be considering leaving them. These insights come from Mercer’s What’s Working™ survey, conducted among nearly 30,000 workers in 17 geographic markets (including more [Read more...]

Hearing on Workforce Fairness Act suggests law could reveal concerns over Board action, possible delay to election process

October 14th, 2011

At an October 12 hearing into the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (HR 3094), the House Committee on Education and the Workforce engaged in a spirited debate over the bill, which would undo or block recent decisions and proposed rulemaking by the NLRB. Supporters of the bill tended to focus more on what they perceive [Read more...]

Employers can benefit from providing paid sick days, IWPR says

October 14th, 2011

Two publications released recently by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) estimate the costs and benefits of the Denver paid sick days initiative, for both employers and employees. According to IWPR’s analysis, the law, requiring business to provide access to paid sick days to their employees, would result in a net savings of $1.4 [Read more...]

EEOC may be forced to cope with drop in funding

October 13th, 2011

The continuing resolution for appropriations that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is currently operating under will expire on November 18, 2011. Congress has not yet finalized the agency’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget and the level of appropriations under consideration is much less than the EEOC hoped to get. That means the agency [Read more...]