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What’s the point of sexual harassment training? Often, to protect employers.

“For example, California has mandated sexual harassment training since 2005 for all supervisors at companies with more than 50 employees” reports washingtonpost.com. Rather, training programs, along with anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures, do more to shield employers from liability than to protect employees from harassment. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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I.R.S. Starts to Enforce Health Law’s Rule That Employers Offer Insurance

“Employees who are offered health insurance through their jobs are ineligible for the subsidies” writes Stacy Cowley for nytimes.com. The tax agency began requiring those forms two years ago, but it repeatedly ran into problems processing them.When the health law was passed, lawmakers feared that without an employer mandate, companies would cancel their insurance benefits and send large numbers of employees to the health care law’s insurance exchanges, where many people qualify for government subsidies.The penalty is activated if at least one employee then buys insurance on the health law’s…

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Working past 65? Watch out for this costly Medicare trap

“We can say two things for sure about the American workforce and its health insurance” writes Los Angeles Times for seattletimes.com. Second, more are taking advantage of employer insurance plans that include tax-exempt Health Savings Accounts.Companies favor high-deductible health plans coupled with HSAs because they tend to charge lower premiums, which help workers and employers alike.There’s no tax on withdrawals if the money is spent on such medical expenses, which after 65 can include Medicare premiums.One more wrinkle: People 65 and older with employer health plans can decide whether and…

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Workers expect a big pay rise next year – but employers do not plan to give them one 

“Workers and bosses are on a collision course as staff expect a major pay rise next year while managers expect to keep pay on the level with inflation” writes Tim Wallace for telegraph.co.uk. A surge in inflation this year has pushed average wages into negative territory, in real terms, leaving staff expecting an inflation-busting raise in 2018 to reverse the fall in living standards.Almost half of workers expect a pay rise in the new year, with the average anticipated hike standing at 4pc, according to a survey from Fidelity International…

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Should we allow mandatory retirement?

“It is likely that if law were to allow employment contracts to specify a retirement age, employers might find middle-aged and even older employees more attractive” writes unknown author for marketwatch.com. If the ban on mandatory retirement is ever to end, reform will need to come in steps that anticipate the objections of powerful groups.There is good reason to allow retirement by contract.It is unlikely that younger workers and voters can undo the ban on compulsory retirement — even where employees voluntarily agree to such terms.The same sort of argument…

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Top firms bring out creativity, growth in their scientists

“They place a high priority on the professional growth of their scientists, and provide them with opportunities to add technical skills and expand leadership responsibilities” writes Kendall Powell for sciencemag.org. Thriving biotechnology and pharmaceutical firms share philosophies when it comes to driving innovation, encouraging professional development, and respecting employees’ work–life boundaries. Source: sciencemag.org Share This:

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What Obama got wrong about the criminal justice system

“In reality, most ex-offenders avoid serious entanglement with the criminal justice system for the rest of their lives” writes Christian Barnard for washingtonexaminer.com. Much of the national debate over criminal justice reform has centered on recidivism, or the rate at which ex-offenders commit additional crimes.When former President Barack Obama claimed that correctional facilities “train [prisoners] to become more hardened criminals,” he unwittingly perpetuated a “once a criminal, always a criminal” stereotype.Aside from employers, ex-offenders face additional work barriers from state governments. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Sexual harassment isn’t an industry, workplace, or company issue — in fact, it affects nearly everyone

“Sexual harassment in the workplace isn’t an industry issue” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. And it cannot be good for any employer’s bottom line when sexual harassment settlements and legal fees themselves cost the company tens of millions of dollars. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Why workers in a hot job market are still unemployed, and what employers can do to help

“At the low point of the Great Recession in mid 2009, there were just 2.2 million jobs in July 2009” writes Trent Gillies for cnbc.com. Although employers complain they can’t find workers, Ross noted they could be limiting their pool of candidates by requiring an undergraduate college degree of all applicants.Doing so requires “better collaboration between the demand side [employers] and the supply side,” Ross stated, which represent workers.Ross added that employers have to try new ways to find and connect workers to jobs. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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