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Armed groups threaten Canadian-owned mine in northern Mexico

“They beat some employees earlier this week, making others afraid to leave the mine camp located in Chihuahua state” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. A worker told The Associated Press that supposed members of an organized crime group have set up checkpoints at access points to the mine which has about 400 employees inside. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Trump makes it easier to fire federal workers

“The third restricts how much on-the-job time federal employees can spend on labor-union duties” writes Louise Radnofsky for marketwatch.com. Another order will create a federal labor-relations working group to analyze union contracts and encourage agencies to prioritize performance over seniority when they consider layoffs.The new “performance improvement period” will last 30 days across all agencies, under one of the orders signed privately by the president.WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump signed three executive orders making it easier for the federal government to fire employees it considers to be poor performers, the White House…

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Trump eases firing of federal workers, cracks down on unions

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. “These executive orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.”. The American Federation of Government Employees said in a statement that the moves intended to “strip federal employees of their decades-old…

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J Sainsbury confirms hourly pay rise for staff

“J Sainsbury PLC (SBRY.LN) on Thursday confirmed that it will increase its hourly pay rate for the majority of its employees following a consultation with its staff, but that it still intends to scrap bonuses and paid breaks” writes Maryam Cockar for marketwatch.com. Sainsbury said the hourly rate will increase to GBP9.20 an hour from GBP8.00, an investment of GBP110 million that will give 121,000 store employees an average pay rise of 9.3%.The pay increase and contractual changes of reducing 22 in-store roles to five and the removal of bonuses…

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Five Americans survive after private jet broke into pieces in Honduras

“Four employees of a Texas pawn loan company and two pilots were injured when the private jet they were on crashed and broke apart at a notorious Honduran airport, according to reports” reports nypost.com. In 2008, a plane of the former airline TACA with 135 passengers and crew crashed — in nearly the same spot as Tuesday’s crash — on its second landing attempt, killing five people and injuring at least 65.The deadliest accident occurred in 1989, when a Boeing airliner crashed into a mountainside on approach, killing 132 people.In…

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State Department warns US citizens in China after employee suffers possible sonic attack

“News of unusual symptoms hitting U.S. government employees abroad will no doubt draw comparison to a rash of mysterious “sonic attacks” on U.S. and Canadian diplomats stationed in Cuba” writes unknown author for seattletimes.com. BEIJING – The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens in China that a government employee reported unusual “sensations of sound and pressure” and was later diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury – a case that recalls a wave of so-called “sonic attacks” on U.S. diplomats in Cuba.Though the State Department has not linked this…

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Crisis of the Week: Accounting Woes Paint PPG Industries Into a Corner

“Paints and coatings maker PPG Industries Inc. launched an internal investigation in April into accounting irregularities, delayed the filing of its quarterly earnings report for the period ended March 31 and fired its controller, Mark Kelly” writes Ben Dipietro for wsj.com. The company said earlier this month it had evidence that some of its employees had made improper accounting entries at the direction of the company’s now-former controller.PPG also shared with WSJ two letters sent internally to its employees. Source: wsj.com Share This:

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Former Uber engineer sues, tests new sex-based claims policy

“The lawsuit by Ingrid Avendano provides an early test of Uber’s new policy allowing people claiming sexual harassment and sexual assault to pursue their claims in court, rather than be forced into arbitration” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. But she said Uber displayed an “entrenched disregard” for female employees, including by ignoring one incident at a Las Vegas retreat when a drunken male colleague inappropriately touched her on the thigh.Uber changed its forced-arbitration policy on May 15, and rival Lyft announced a similar change. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Starbucks has new guidelines for when employees should call 911

“Medical emergency, burglary and physical assault: These are a few instances in which Starbucks is now saying employees should call 911” writes Rachel Siegel for latimes.com. The approach lays out specific steps for how employees respond to and address disruptive customer behavior.When taking action against disruptive behavior, employees are told to ask another employee to “observe and verify” the behavior.The new guidelines come about a week before Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for mandatory unconscious bias training for 175,000 employees on May 29.First, employees are instructed to assess a customer’s…

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Why You Should Let Employees Personalize Their Job Descriptions

“If you think one of your direct reports is prime for job personalization, I suggest beginning the process with a true-north conversation” reports hbr.org. While they are natural candidates for job personalization, leaders should design clear goals – as well as a safety net that allows for failures.Over time, however, job personalization will create more effective teams.In my experience leading and managing teams over two decades, I’ve found that job personalization — that is, fitting jobs to employees rather than fitting employees to jobs — is one of the best…

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