Americans are living longer these days, and many look to stay employed past the traditional age of retirement, either because of economic necessity or because they enjoy working. Despite the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, there is mounting evidence that some employers or hiring managers are adhering to an old habit of avoiding new hires who are middle-aged and up, particularly women.
Paid-leave and parental-leave policies are becoming increasingly common, either through states with leave policies in place or offered as part of employment packages. These can provide many welcome benefits, including retaining top-tier talent. However, temporary or long-term holes in staffing will likely have a broad impact on a business.
The Department of Labor under President Trump overturned some Obama-era rules regarding companies’ use of contractors or freelancers by tech-based companies. There is now a recent clarification from the DOL’s Wage and Hourly Division reiterates earlier language about the Fair Standards and Labor Act (FLSA) in response to workers at a specific virtual marketplace company, but could also apply to the current issues involving Lyft or Uber as well as other digital platform marketplaces.
It is hard to remember life before ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft arrived, but it was practically impossible to hail a cab outside of major metropolitan areas. Now the presence of these app-based services is a given, with nearly 4 million drivers in 700 towns and cities around the world. There is, however, ongoing tension between the contract employee drivers and the companies they work for.
The #MeToo movement has undoubtedly impacted the lives of celebrities and athletes or those that work with them, but it also affects business culture in other fields as well. This means that codes of conduct at restaurants and manufacturing facilities have changed (or need to). It can also mean changes for executives who are used to large severance packages when they leave. Severance agreements should now have much more detailed language based on those codes of conduct.
Yoga studios use a variety of business models. Typically, these vary between a teacher renting a room somewhere to a small business partnership to a non-profit. Generally, the vibe is a crunchy mix of positivity, community, exercise and spiritual growth. Called the Starbucks’s of yoga with over 200 studios across the U.S., CorePower Yoga is a different model altogether. It has also faced three federal lawsuits in recent years with over $3 million in settlements without admitting liability.
The National Safety Council recently analyzed workplace injury data from 2017. Those findings, which are published at Injury Facts, were informative, but the news is not good for women workers.
There are traditionally two different power structures in place for businesses. One is a top-down mindset where the owner or the board dictates the work to be done and how long it will take. The other is the bottom-up union or employee approach where the workers or their representatives exert considerable power.
Smart business owners and human resources managers are always looking for new ways to attract top talent and then keep them from straying to competitors. One of the eternal questions in this important challenge is trying to figure out the priorities of the staff and it often comes down to a good benefits package.
More employers are hiring workers with disabilities these days. This is likely in part due to increased awareness of how to best work with disabled employees. In fact, employers are pleasantly surprised to learn that the cost for appropriate alterations to the workspace are less expensive than they feared. According to studies at the dation Network, a majority of these changes cost less than $500.