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As major events like concerts, Broadway shows and football games are gearing up post-Covid shutdown, there’s one area that isn’t seeing the same enthusiasm. According to  a recent study released by management consulting firm McKinsey & Co, many workers are reevaluating their return to the workplace. The report found that 40% of the more than 5,770 employees surveyed said they were “at least somewhat likely” to quit in the next three to six months. According to the report’s coauthor Bill Schaninger, more than half of employees who already left their jobs said they did so because they didn’t…
Just days after the federal government ended a number of temporary programs to help unemployed Americans make it through the pandemic, President Biden announced new initiatives in the fight against COVID-19. “The American people deserve an urgent, robust, and professional response to the growing public health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak,” said President Biden. The Biden-Harris administration rolled out their seven-point plan to combat the ongoing epidemic, including imposing new vaccine requirements on federal workers, large employers, and health care staff. The new requirements could apply to as many as 100 million Americans, according to the White…
California’s Proposition 22 hit another bump in the road in August. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled Proposition 22 was unconstitutional and “unenforceable” in a lawsuit brought by the Service Employees International Union. In November of 2020, voters passed the much-debated California Proposition 22 in response to the Assembly Bill 5. Passed by the state’s legislature in 2019, AB 5 expanded the landmark California Supreme Court case Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs. Superior Court. In this case, the court ruled that most workers in California are presumed to be and should be classified as employees, and not independent…
There’s nearly no aspect of our lives that haven’t been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year-and-a-half. It’s affected our health, work, and personal lives, and has made the job of parenting even more complicated. According to results from the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor online survey, more than six out of 10 U.S. adults with children under the age of 18 believe their child care and virtual schooling duties during the Covid-19 pandemic have negatively affected their ability to get ahead in their career. The association polled over 2,000 U.S. adults in June. During an interview…
Whether you’re part of the “great resignation movement” looking to pursue a new career or you’re currently unemployed, you may have a better chance of landing a job if you’re vaccinated. Two new reports show a surge in the number of job postings within the U.S. and Canada requiring potential employees to have a COVID-19 vaccination. According to an article published by HR Executive, new data from the job site Ladders revealed a surge in job postings that listed vaccination requirements. The data showed an increase of more than 5,000% since January 2021. The job site Indeed also reported…
It was a recording setting month for the labor market. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the number of job openings in the U.S. economy hit a record 10.1 million in June, just another sign the job market and economy are bouncing back. It’s a trend that’s fueling what has been called a robust market for job-seekers. As businesses, especially those in the restaurant and hospitality industries, look to fill numerous positions, we’ve seen the power shift into the hands of the employee. Many companies have changed their hiring tactics, turning to extra benefits and higher wages to entice potential recruits. The…
The uncertainty of COVID-19 seems to be the only certain thing these days. Just as many companies were making plans to return to work, the fast spreading delta variant is putting those ideas on hold. While some businesses are postponing their return-to-work initiatives, others are making new rules regarding vaccinations. Over the past few weeks, big name brands like Google and Apple announced they’re pushing back their return-to-work date, while other corporations like Facebook and Slack are sticking with a mostly remote workforce. On the other side, companies like Walmart and Disney are taking a different approach. Walmart said…
The delta variant of COVID-19 seems to have dealt the nation yet another blow on the road to economic recovery. Just as unemployment claims were headed in the right direction, new data released by the Labor Department shows a rise in the number of Americans filing first-time unemployment claims. Those claims unexpectedly rose to 419,000 last week, an increase of 51,000 from the previous week. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what led to that rise, but it could have to do with businesses closely monitoring the spread of the new delta variant and taking precautions. According to data compiled by…
Just as the pandemic seemed to be slowly winding down, a new surge in cases and the return of indoor mask mandates in areas like Los Angeles are threatening the much needed boost in economic activity. The rapidly spreading delta variant of COVID-19 has caused an uptick in cases, primarily of unvaccinated individuals, and health experts are worried that the more transmissible variant could lead to another outbreak. This scenario could precede the return of even more restrictions that would once again limit capacities at businesses, and close-crowded places. All of this comes as federal unemployment benefits are set to…
  In a move that some are calling “the great resignation,” people are choosing to pursue new career opportunities that better suit their lives. In April, four million people quit their jobs according to the Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary. While there have been plenty of political debates over whether state and federal unemployment benefits are responsible for this movement, others are arguing there’s more to it. According to a CNBC interview, MIT professor and poverty expert Esther Duflo believes “the political debate over unemployment benefits and a tight labor market misses the bigger picture of…