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California attorney general threatens legal action if employers assist federal immigration raids

“California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned businesses on Thursday to keep quiet when talking to federal immigration authorities or face legal ramifications” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. In response to the controversial law, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan told Californians to “hold on tight” while vowing to “protect their communities.”. Under the new law, which seeks to prevent workers from being detained at their workplaces, businesses could face up to a $10,000 fine if they share information on their employees with federal authorities or grant them access to…

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Why Is It So Hard For Americans To Get A Decent Raise? Economists Have A Dark New Theory.

“But studying monopsony has traditionally been tricky for economists, because they lacked good data that would let them analyze broad trends specifically in labor market concentration” writes Jordan Weissmann Is for slate.com. They then calculated local labor market concentration using the awkwardly named Herfindahl-Hirschman Index, or HHI, which antitrust regulators use to analyze the effects of mergers on competition.A lack of competition among employers gives businesses outsize power over workers, including the ability to tamp down on pay.But a recent study by a group of labor economists introduces an interesting…

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MPs launch inquiry to consider tougher laws on sexual harassment

“The inquiry will concentrate on whether current laws around sexual harassment in public places are sufficient, and the impact of harassment on victims and society” writes Alexandra Topping for theguardian.com. The government must urgently strengthen laws around sexual harassment to stop abuse continuing on “an industrial scale”, according to a coalition of MPs, union leaders and women’s groups.Hospitality workers told the Guardian that employers regularly withheld shifts if complaints about sexual harassment were made about managers or clientele. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Immigration agents descend on dozens of 7-Eleven stores

“Immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores before dawn Wednesday to begin checking on employees’ immigration status in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency” reports foxbusiness.com. After the inspections, officials planned to look at whether the cases warrant administrative action or criminal investigations, Benner said.The action appears to open a new front in Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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With new tax law, will employers continue to subsidize your commute?

“For years, transit advocates have complained that federal tax law rewards those who choose to drive to work and fails to incentivize using public transit” reports washingtonpost.com. Of concern is a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that eliminates tax write-offs for employers who subsidize the cost of their employees’ parking or transit passes — as many as a third of employers in urban hubs such as Washington.Lawmakers say they advocated for the change because standard corporate tax rates are dropping dramatically — to 21 percent from 35 percent —…

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Employers might have a tough time hiring cheap labor if Trump deports everyone

“President Trump’s harsh position on illegal and legal immigration might result in some unintended consequences for employers moving forward” writes Siraj Hashmi for washingtonexaminer.com. And Congress has a chance to pass the RAISE Act to curb both legal and illegal immigration.They’ll soon find that they actually benefitted greatly from illegal immigration.If President Trump has his way and is able to deport virtually all 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, then that would create a dearth of possible workers and cheap labor that many employers in the United…

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Allowing employers a ‘moral exemption’ from offering birth control coverage is immoral | Guest editorial

“The Trump administration should not impose its wrongheaded moral principles on the rest of us by denying birth control coverage to women” writes The Times Editorial for sun-sentinel.com. But the fight for contraception coverage has been fraught, because not all employers have willingly agreed to participate. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Facebook job ads raise concerns about age discrimination

“Earlier this year, the social network launched a section of its site devoted to job ads” writes Ariana Tobin for seattletimes.com. ProPublica bought job ads on Google and LinkedIn that excluded audiences older than 40 — and the ads were instantly approved.The database of Facebook ads collected by ProPublica shows how often and precisely employers recruit by age.After being contacted by ProPublica, LinkedIn changed its system to prevent such targeting in employment ads. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Too old for work? Facebook job ads selectively ignoring older job seekers: Report

“ProPublica bought job ads on Google and LinkedIn that excluded audiences older than 40 and the ads were instantly approved” writes Gani Mohamed for ibtimes.co.in. Several big companies put up recruitment ads on Facebook to attract prospective candidates for the job, but these social media recruitment ads are discriminative in nature based on age.ProPublica also collected the database of Facebook ads to find out how often and precisely employers recruited based on age.The world’s largest social networking site launched a dedicated section for job ads earlier this year.Moreover, it is…

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