The Senate rejected several immigration proposals Thursday, sending Republicans back to the drawing board. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is among those who want to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but President Donald Trump is opposing any deal that does not include more restrictions on visas and on legal immigration.
An Oregon Senate committee has advanced a bill that would permit state employees to report whistleblower concerns anonymously, though the committee added an amendment that would limit the bill's scope to four state agencies for the first two years. Senate Republican Office legal director Andrew Downs said the amendment was the result of "concerns over the depth and scope of the anonymous reporting process."
The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against President Donald Trump's most recent travel ban seeking to limit visitors to the US from six Muslim-majority nations. The decision comes several weeks after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the matter, with arguments expected in April.
The Army's first female four-star general, Ann Dunwoody, says it's a leader's job to find ways for every team member to contribute. "And if you can bring the best out in each of your team members, then you're going to have a great team, but that also requires you to reward good behavior," says Dunwoody, who retired in 2012.
Social media can present a false image of who people are, and leaders must be especially aware that being authentic is the way to build trust and support, writes Naphtali Hoff. "Ask yourself, 'How would I behave if money and social expectations were not factors in my life?' " he writes.
Complainers sometimes just want a voice, so address them promptly and openly while challenging them to explore a solution, writes Dan Rockwell. "We must understand that anxiety, angst, and stress do not come from a problem, they come from not addressing the problem -- and the problem will surely grow worse," John Keyser writes.
Amazon's offer to employees of up to $5,000 if they quit and never return intends to help unhappy workers exit while retaining people who realize how much they appreciate their job, writes Alana Semuels. "When employees see that they've lost $5,000 by not taking The Offer, they might mentally recommit to the company, trying to do better at their jobs and enjoy them more," she writes.
Many economists believe retail workers displaced by automation and online competition will find positions in other industries, and many will earn more with some training, writes Matt Grossman. However, a shift from retail to distribution and warehousing employment could be harmful for women and minorities, warns Heidi Schierholz of the Economic Policy Institute.
The image of a gorilla sitting in the arms of one of her rescuers is the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award. The photo, shown in this article along with finalists, was taken in Cameroon by Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur.
Our behavior makes us leaders whether we are being quiet or dominating the room, writes clinical psychologist Richmond Fourmy. If we don't speak up, we encourage others to follow suit, but if we challenge or ask questions, others are more likely to enter the discussion, he writes.