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4/9/2021

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama handed the company a big win by rejecting unionization, in a vote of 1,798 to 738. More than 3,000 ballots were cast in the closely watched vote that could have turned the facility into Amazon's first union shop in the US.

4/9/2021

Just because a job posting says the job is remote doesn't mean that it can be done anywhere because, due to tax reasons, not all companies are set up to work in every U.S. state. If a job is truly remote, it most likely will say so in the posting.

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CNBC
4/8/2021

The mental health of people living in areas that have greater biodiversity was found to be better than those living in places with fewer birds or plants, according to results reported in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. "Our results show that nature conservation can, indeed, be understood as a means to promote human health.. investing in biodiversity can promote the health of the urban population," said senior study author Katrin Rehdanz.

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HealthDay News
4/8/2021

Companies using artificial intelligence should preempt ethical risks by creating internal review boards much like those seen in health care, writes Reid Blackman, CEO of Virtue. This type of board identifies ethical concerns and makes recommendations, and it should have a diverse membership and a set of principles to guide it, Blackman writes.

4/8/2021

A Workday study says that chief HR officers can help build agile companies in several ways, including scenario planning, upskilling and being able to measure performance, writes Workday's Mark Judd. "Opening discussions across departments, in particular with finance and legal, can help the CHRO adapt at speed and feel supported," Judd writes.

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Personnel Today
4/8/2021

Take a human approach to diversity, equity and inclusion by avoiding labels, helping people feel like they belong and promoting trust and openness, writes Soo Bong Peer. "Our continuing racial divide should be the catalyst for leaders to consider an alternate diversity paradigm -- balancing intangible human elements while complying with mandates to produce tangible results," she writes.

4/8/2021

Learn how to identify passive-aggressive employees, carefully communicate your concerns with them and emphasize expected workplace behaviors, workforce counselors say. "The passive-aggressive person is motivated by their fear of expressing their anger directly," says counselor Signe Whitson.

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4/8/2021

Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh is being urged by four congressional Democrats to raise the earnings threshold for overtime pay from its current annual threshold of $35,568 under the Fair Labor Standards Act to a minimum of $82,732 by 2026. The group is also calling for automatic increases.

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HR Dive
4/7/2021

Technological advancements will soon allow people to easily make fake but realistic videos with AI tools, such as a job candidate at a public protest, which will create challenges for HR, writes Technically Media CEO Chris Wink. "An HR pro friend of mine told me the first lesson from the rise of deepfakes is that hiring managers will have to learn to pause," Wink writes.

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4/7/2021

Work pressure from the mandated lockdowns have pushed many educators in the UK to their emotional brink, causing some to self-harm, seek medical counsel or take antidepressants, according to a report from a teachers union. "The pressure from the principal is unbearable and I am considering leaving the profession if I do not find a job in another school. No one is checking on the workloads of staff," one teacher said to the union.