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Popeyes told customers to bring their own buns to get chicken sandwiches — but some workers say they were left out of the loop

“But according to a group of Popeyes employees, not all of the chain’s workers were alerted to the offering” writes Shoshy Ciment for businessinsider.com. Business Insider spoke with seven Popeyes employees across the country who said they had not heard of the policy at all. Source: businessinsider.com

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A Google engineering director who is black said he would be accosted less at work if he dressed like a janitor

“In August, Google employees passed around a memo written by a former employee who said racism has infected the company culture” writes Melia Russell for businessinsider.com. They followed him then knocked him in the chest, said Miley, who is a director of engineering at Google.Leslie Miley had just stepped out of an elevator at Google when another employee demanded to see his badge on Monday. Source: businessinsider.com

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Whole Foods will take away healthcare from some of its employees starting January 1

“Beginning January 1, 2020, Amazon-owned Whole Foods will end healthcare benefits for some of its employees, Business Insider reports “ reports fastcompany.com. We are providing Team Members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week.Currently, Whole Foods employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for healthcare benefits, but the company is bumping the hourly threshold for medical benefits to a minimum of 30 hours per week in the new year. Source: fastcompany.com

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Amazon-owned Whole Foods’ decision to drop health benefits for hundreds of part-time workers reveals how promises to workers like CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent pledge are worthless

“So what then to make of Whole Foods’ decision to cut the medical benefits of part-time workers?” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is committed to investing in employees — until he isn’t.The bottom line is that employees who had health coverage in their current role no longer have those benefits. Source: businessinsider.com

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Federal employees have more withdrawal choices for their retirement savings

“However, withdrawal options are just part of a decision on where to keep their retirement savings” writes Eric Yoder for washingtonpost.com. Current and former federal employees and military personnel starting Sunday will have more options when withdrawing money from their retirement accounts.However, restrictions on those options have caused many of them to instead transfer their money to an IRA or a retirement savings plan of another employer where they have a wider range of choices for taking withdrawals.They all say that they don’t want to leave their retirement to chance. Source:…

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The Technology 202: Venture capitalists aren’t laughing about Andrew Yang’s ‘freedom dividend’ proposal

“The investigation represents a rare instance of government scrutiny into the widely unregulated world of venture capital and a potential embarrassment for Trump ally Thiel” writes Cat Zakrzewski for washingtonpost.com. With Google, lawmakers appear interested in its efforts to dominate search and advertising, requesting records related to its mergers like the purchase of YouTube.But Yang’s risky strategy resonated with at least one group — venture capitalists.Some venture capitalists like Bahat are closely watching a pilot in Stockton, Calif., where randomly selected residents are being given $500 a month. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Inside Kickstarter’s Year Of Turmoil

“The company told staff that Moore had been on a performance improvement plan” writes April Glaser for slate.com. But no tech company has seen a unionization effort go this far.If the drive succeeds, Kickstarter United would be the first white-collar union at a well-known tech company.Over the past year, a series of incidents convinced Kickstarter employees that they should have a bigger voice within the company.The question of how far a “don’t be evil” mantra can take a profit-seeking tech company with politically minded employees has given tech journalists material…

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Over 9 in 10 Singapore employers have trouble hiring talent who can cope with new technologies

“However, more than nine in 10 (93 per cent) Singapore employers say that they find it difficult to train and hire staff to cope with new technologies” writes Lamont Mark Smith for businessinsider.sg. Most (92 per cent) of Singapore employers also had trouble hiring skilled professionals.In Singapore, employers identified three key challenges to adapting their team to new technologies: Despite this, Singapore remains amongst the most globally proactive in professional development to help their staff learn about new technologies.In its report, Robert Half recommends employers in Singapore take full advantage…

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How incidents like banning an “Always Punch Nazis” comic at Kickstarter led to a unionization push by employees who believe in the altruistic image of the brand

“The company told staff that Moore had been on a performance improvement plan” writes April Glaser for slate.com. But no tech company has seen a unionization effort go this far.If the drive succeeds, Kickstarter United would be the first white-collar union at a well-known tech company.Over the past year, a series of incidents convinced Kickstarter employees that they should have a bigger voice within the company.The question of how far a “don’t be evil” mantra can take a profit-seeking tech company with politically minded employees has given tech journalists material…

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