03/29/2016 - In 19 states, local governments are now forbidden from raising wages for their lowest-paid workers. Idaho became the latest state to pass such a law, prohibiting local lawmakers from raising city minimum wages.
An increasing number of professionals are interested in opportunities outside the U.S. And it's not the typical globetrotter - young and unattached - looking for work overseas. So don't rule yourself out. Check here your Salary Overseas.
07/11/16 - Large racial and gender wage gaps in the U.S. remain, even as they have narrowed in some cases over the years, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Last year the average hourly wages for black and Hispanic men were $15 and $14, respectively, compared with $21 for white men. Only the hourly earnings of Asian men ($24) outpaced those of white men
The hourly earnings of Asian and white women ($18 and $17, respectively) were higher than those of black and Hispanic women ($13 and $12, respectively) – and also higher than those of black and Hispanic men.
6/30/16 - As the United States marks more than six years without an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, 3 states and several cities and counties are moving forward with their own increases, starting Friday, July 1st.
Here is the list of states, cities and counties, in alphabetical order- states: Maryland, Oregon and Washington D.C. - cities/counties: Chicago, Il; El Cerrito City, Ca.; Emeryville, Ca; Lexington county, Ky; Los Angeles, Ca; Louisville, Ky; Multnomah County, Ore; and Pasadena, Ca.
06/09/16 - There are now over 5.8 million job openings, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which equals last July’s peak on records going back to 2001! Job searching grads couldn't be luckier! But there is a catch! Hires fell to 5.1 million, from 5.3 million, suggesting that firms might have difficulty to find qualified employees. So you might want to read how to apply for that job you really want: you only have one chance to make a great impression.
03/07/16 - Executive Order 13706, “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors,” provides up to seven days of paid sick leave annually for federal contractors and subcontractors. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that it strives to publish a final rule by September 30, 2016, according to Lexology, and it will take effect for certain contracts and subcontracts entered into on or after January 1, 2017.
01/27/16 - More than 20 cities have paid sick leave rulings. Spokane, Wa has become the next city to pass a paid sick leave law. The new law will become effective on January 1, 2017.
Employers are required to provide new moms with time and a private place -- besides the bathroom -- to pump or breastfeed during work hours. Read more about Nursing Moms at Work.
There are exceptions to employment at will. Do you know your right on this part? You can't be terminated on basis of your race or gender. And 38 states regulate dismissals by so called implied contracts. Find out more at dismissal rights.
07/01/16 - Chicago,IL, Los Angeles, CA and Minneapolis, MN join today the more than 20 US cities that passed their own paid sick leave ordinances to provide private employees working in those cities with paid sick leave. San Diego, CA will follow at the end of coming week. Find here an overview of the latest approved city paid sick laws and their requirements.
06/22/16 - LinkedIn published a list of 40 companies that job seekers most want to work at and that are the best at retaining them. The top company in the US? Google. The first 10 in the US are all tech-related and all big names, including Salesforce, Facebook, Apple and Amazon in the top five.
06/09/16 - Forbes launched their annual U.S. best and worst paying jobs. Anaesthesiologists kept their reign and they are not specialists that land on the best paid job list. Medical and dental professions dominate the top 10, with surgeons, obstetricians, gynaecologists and orthodontists rounding out the top 5 with salaries over $200K annually. The one non-medical role to crack the top 10 is CEO. Returning as the worst paying job is fast food cook with around $20K per year. Preparation and service workers, shampooers, dish washers, counter attendants, cashiers, ushers, and dining room and cafeteria attendants all make the list with similarly paltry wages. Check our salary calculator for more details on all wages.
03/18/16 - The U.S. Department of Labor sent this week its final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget to revise the white collar overtime exemption regulations. The final rule is expected for publication in July 2016. If implemented it would provide overtime pay to low paid managers, who currently don't qualify for them. At the moment, under the federal law, if an employee makes at least $23,660 per year - or $455 per week - their employer doesn't have to pay them overtime. The new policy would raise that bar to $50,440 or $970 per week.
02/20/2016 - Vermont passed recently legislation that will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave during a 12 month period. After that first year employers will be required to provide employees with 40 hours (or 5 days) of paid sick leave. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Read more on Vermont's Paid Sick Leave.
02/18/2016 - Most employers don't believe that merit pay drives a higher performance, but not to worry, the presence of women does the trick. Only 20% of the employers of 150 large and midsized companies found performance related pay an effective way to boost individual performances, according to CFO.com reporting on a survey conducted end 2015 in North America. There might be a solution, suggests another study on the profitability of gender diversity: more women on corporate boards may improve firm performance. Men hold over 80 percent of all S&P 500 board seats according to Bloomberg, while the gender diversity study explains that a move from no female leaders to a 30% representation is associated with a 15% boost to profitability. So it's simple: close the gender gap.
01/29/16 - President Obama announced that his administration is expanding rules to close the gender and race pay gap. The executive order will require all businesses - not only federal contractors - with more than 100 employees to provide the federal government with pay data to identify abuses of equal pay laws. The plan is expected to take effect in September 2017.