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Snap lays off 18 employees in recruiting division

“SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Social media company Snap Inc (SNAP.N) said on Friday it had laid off 18 people in its recruiting division, an unusual move for a young company with ambitious growth plans and a likely reflection of tough competition from Facebook Inc (FB.O)” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Venice, California-based Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, declined to comment beyond its statement confirming the job cuts, which were first reported by Business Insider.But since Snap’s $3.4 billion IPO in March, investor concerns have mounted that the…

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An Ohio restaurant owner hires former criminals on purpose — and he says it makes his popular business better

“Until recently, using criminal background as a reason to turn down applicants was legal, but there are still no guarantees exist that discrimination won’t occur” reports businessinsider.com. At Hot Chicken Takeover, a popular fried chicken restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, 70% of employees have criminal records.”Everyday I come in here I feel accepted,” Jameel H., one of Deloss’ employees, said.Deloss credits the success of his business to the team he’s built, touting his employees’ “alternative resumes” as a benefit to his company.Deloss opened Hot Chicken Takeover with his wife in 2014…

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Snap is cutting jobs in recruiting and slowing new hires

“Snap is cutting jobs in its recruiting division as the company’s stock price languishes below its IPO price from earlier this year” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The cuts follow about a dozen layoffs in Snap’s hardware marketing division last month.Snap expanded from 600 employees at the end of 2015 to 2,600 last quarter. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees

“In short, the politics of potential prevent organizations from upgrading their leadership talent, which puts the entire organization at a disadvantage” reports hbr.org. To be more precise, there are six dynamics that prevent organizations from identifying, promoting, and developing the right people for leadership roles, namely: The politics of intuition.Sometimes, employees’ past achievements can be meaningless when they haven’t been followed closely by those in charge of judging potential.The main reason underlying this bleak state of affairs is that HiPo nominations are contaminated by organizational politics. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Do you work for one of the 20 best companies in Britain?

“Northern Gas and Power has been named the best company to work for in Britain, coming top of a list of 20 employers that have displayed a positive workplace culture and strong leadership development” writes Bundeep Singh Rangar for telegraph.co.uk. Other companies that feature prominently include energy supplier First Utility, pest control firm Rentokil and dating app Badoo.The league table, produced by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and jobs site Glassdoor, analysed reviews by current and former employees of more than 700,000 companies on the platform.Second on the list was hospitality tech firm Fourth, which employees said promotes…

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How Legal Agreements Can Silence Victims of Workplace Sexual Assault

“There is no question that labor and employment law (not to mention criminal law) forbid sexual harassment and assault at work” writes Hiba Hafiz for theatlantic.com. While NDAs are unenforceable when used to silence workers’ discussion of sexual harassment at work and in legal claims, they can and are enforced to silence employees’ public speech. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Manhunt underway after gunman opens fire in Maryland business park, killing three

“Three people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning at a business park in Harford County, Md., outside of Baltimore, and authorities were searching for the gunman” reports washingtonpost.com. The business park where the shooting happened is located in Edgewood, about 20 miles northeast of Baltimore, with auto body shops, part supply stores, hotels and storage units in the area.Some traffic appeared to be moving in the business park, which has only one entrance in and out. “We were very nervous,” Hunt said. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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GOP health insurance plan for feds part of larger assault on compensation

“After repeatedly failing in their cynical efforts that would cut millions from health insurance rolls, congressional Republicans now are attacking the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP)” reports washingtonpost.com. Currently, the government pays about 70 percent of federal health insurance premiums, while enrollees pay 30 percent.The House plan would further deteriorate federal employee compensation by, in the words of the proposal, “basing Federal employee retirees’ health benefits on length of service.Under the House plan, that could flip, Simon said, with employees and retirees paying 80 percent of their health insurance…

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Microsoft database for tracking critical bugs internally was hacked in 2013

“Microsoft tightened up security after the breach, the former employees said, walling the database off from the corporate network and requiring two authentications for access” reports venturebeat.com. These people said the study concluded that even though the bugs in the database were used in ensuing hacking attacks, the perpetrators could have gotten the information elsewhere.The Microsoft flaws were fixed likely within months of the hack, according to the former employees. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Tesla employees detail how they were fired, claim dismissals were not performance related

“Tesla is trying to disguise layoffs by calling the widespread terminations performance related, allege several current and former employees” writes Lora Kolodny for cnbc.com. On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News first reported that Tesla had dismissed an estimated 400 to 700 employees.But one former employee, citing internal information shared by a manager, said the total number fired is higher than 700 at this point. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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