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July 30, 2004

via CNN Money

Survey: 57% who lost full-time jobs 2001-2003 and found full-time work again are earning less  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via Silicon.com

Delta Air Lines is to close one of its offshore call centres in India but will not comment on the reasons why  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via The Economic Times

The IT big brothers are changing their strategies to survive the outsourcing backlash that’s making a comeback in the US with the Democratic candidate John Kerry leading the race for the hot seat in White House  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via The Washington Post

Saddled with high fuel costs and lower air fares, the corporate parent of United Airlines announced its 16th consecutive quarterly loss yesterday and one of the airline's unions sued over the carrier's decision to halt contributions to its employee pension funds while it remains in bankruptcy protection  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via Times Online

The endowment and pension payouts to about 40,000 customers will be cut by 8 per cent and will remain in place until the mutual reviews its bonus rates again in six months  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via CNN Money

United Steelworkers union sends aluminum company a fourth outsourcing grievance, requests talks  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via Business Europe

There were 27,000 more trade union members in the UK last year than the year before, official statistics have revealed  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

First-time claims for U.S. jobless benefits last week held at a level suggesting an improving labor market, but wage growth in the last year has dragged along at its slowest pace in more than 20 years  ...full story

July 30, 2004

via Business Europe

The number of people fatally injured in accidents at work climbed by 4% in the last year, the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has admitted  ...full story

July 29, 2004

via Online Recruitment

If you’ve taken part in HR strategy meetings or attended any industry conferences in the last few years, chances are you will have noticed the amount of time devoted to the topic of metrics. The collection and analysis of data has evolved from the preserve of a small number of dedicated number crunchers into a tangible and highly visible tool, able to play a crucial role in strategic decision-making  ...full story

July 29, 2004

via HR Gateway

Women feel the plum jobs are more likely to be given to men while for those that do arrive it can mean losing a family, however, further down the ladder it is women not men waiting to break through  ...full story

July 27, 2004

via St. Louis Business Journal

Employers and employees in the Midwest have a difference in overall satisfaction with employee benefit plans, according to a recent survey by Delta Dental of Missouri  ...full story

July 27, 2004

via Newsday.com

The FBI has rescinded health benefits that had been provided to the same-sex partner of a special agent since just after the couple wed in Massachusetts in May  ...full story

July 27, 2004

via HR Gateway

For the first time in almost a year, pay awards being monitored by IRS have leapfrogged inflation as rising mortgage repayments help to boost the headline rate and leave employees lagging behind  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via Business Europe

A new government-run organisation has been set up to investigate the yawning gap between average male and female pay packets  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via Financial Times

Fiat's new senior management team on Monday ordered a sweeping restructuring of Fiat's automotive division and outlined moves to simplify the Italian industrial group's corporate structure  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via Business Europe

Few employers are making special arrangements for workers in the run up to the Olympic Games this summer  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via BBC

Small firms in the UK are in the middle of a hiring boom as they face a shortage of skilled workers, a new survey suggests  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via The Miami Herald

A report by the National Partnership for Women & Families showed that claims of sexual harassment and sex discrimination continue to rise  ...full story

July 26, 2004

via Telegraph

Labour's regulatory creep is killing British business, and will cost the UK economy £30billion by June 2005, political think-tank Politeia will argue today  ...full story

July 25, 2004

via BBC

The unions say they have won a "significant shift" in Labour policy on workers' rights, holidays and pensions  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via Business Europe

Managers across the UK have admitted that they regularly infringe basic employment laws  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via Times Online

Workers at DaimlerChrysler have agreed to pay concessions totalling €500 million (£332 million) in a further sign of improving labour flexibility in Europe's largest but flagging, economy  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via MSN Money

Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said on Friday it will hire as many as 7,000 employees worldwide in its current business year as it continues to expand and to fill vacant positions  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via Telegraph

Tens of thousands of current and former UK employees of car parts company Federal Mogul have been warned that their pensions are under threat  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via The New York Times

United Airlines said Friday it plans no further payments to its employee pension funds in bankruptcy in order to improve its chances of attracting exit financing in a move that upset union leaders  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via The Miami Herald

TV network executives agree to undergo sensitivity training in hopes of improving the often stereotypical depiction of gay people in the Spanish-language TV network's programming  ...full story

July 23, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Washington Mutual Inc. said it would eliminate 2,500 jobs and close operations across the country while trying to improve performance at its struggling mortgage business  ...full story

July 22, 2004

via BBC

Staff at the local Siemens factory, one of the main employers in the area, have just agreed to work longer for less money  ...full story

July 21, 2004

via The New York Times

The pilots union at Delta Air Lines proposed a 23 percent wage cut late Tuesday, a day after the airline posted its worst financial results in 25 years  ...full story

July 21, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

The U.S. Labor Department approved a $79-million settlement of a lawsuit brought by employees of Global Crossing Ltd. against former company executives including ex-Chairman Gary Winnick over management of its retirement plan  ...full story

July 21, 2004

via The New York Times

IT helpdesks have been an important part of the trend over the past few years in which companies have outsourced large parts of their IT operations, to save money and to allow them to concentrate on their "core" activities  ...full story

July 21, 2004

via Business Europe

In an article written for Business Europe, Patricia Hewitt comments on a recent government investigation into the impact of new laws giving workers more rights over their work/life balance  ...full story

July 21, 2004

via Telegraph

Well-intended legislation to improve the security of company pensions could instead deliver 'a seismic shock to an already fragile sector', experts claimed yesterday  ...full story

July 20, 2004

via Financial Times

Ford will shortly contribute $1.5bn to its healthcare fund as the US carmaker begins setting aside part of its cash pile to cover long-term liabilities including its pension deficit and debt  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via Times Online

Business leaders will today call for the Government to extend the state retirement age to 70 in an effort to solve Britain’s growing pensions crisis  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via CNN Money

Muslim says he was bullied, harassed in the bank's office post-9/11  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via The Washington Post

DaimlerChrysler's management is ready to give up some of its pay if employees make concessions in the automaker's drive to cut $620 million in costs, a company spokesman said Sunday  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via The Miami Herald

The 10 countries that joined the European Union last May could generate 3 million jobs and 47 billion euros ($56 billion) in added economic output if they boosted their tourism industry to western standards, according to an industry survey released Monday  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Lagging investments, sweetened benefits are blamed. Union talks could widen the gap  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via Silicon.com

Lawyers, accountants and scientists are next  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

A boom in trade and cargo volume has turned the docks in L.A. and Long Beach into an employment engine  ...full story

July 19, 2004

via TechWeb

With Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry railing away at offshore outsourcing, and the Bush Administration supporting it, a survey of more than 100 IT and business leaders report they generally believe offshore outsourcing will continue unabated, regardless of who wins the upcoming election  ...full story

July 16, 2004

via HR Gateway

Over half of larger organisations do not see the link between the upcoming consultation changes and redundancy, something all employers should be currently looking at  ...full story

July 15, 2004

via The New York Times

Advocates of raising the state's minimum wage won support from a powerful, if unexpected, quarter on Wednesday when the Partnership for New York City, one of the city's leading business groups, urged the State Senate to pass a bill raising the minimum wage to $7.10 an hour from $5.15  ...full story

July 15, 2004

via CNBC

Over 60,000 DaimlerChrysler workers in Germany stopped work on Thursday to protest against plans by the carmaker to make Mercedes staff work longer hours, employee representatives said   ...full story

July 15, 2004

via Investor's Business Daily

Today, many companies are examining how outsourcing can benefit their business. Some are looking beyond the traditional information technology solutions to outsource their critical yet noncore business functions such as human resources administration, finance and accounting, and call centers  ...full story

July 15, 2004

via CBC

Talks between phone company Aliant Inc. and two striking unions broke off Thursday after only two days with no further negotiations planned  ...full story

July 15, 2004

via The New York Times

A study released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal research group, concluded that six million workers would lose their overtime coverage because of the new rules  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via HR Gateway

The public appointments commissioner called on HR today to send her talented staff in need of further development to help boost the functioning of public bodies, especially younger and diverse talent  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via Business Europe

Most employers would welcome an outright ban on smoking in the workplace, according to a new survey  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via The New York Times

During several years of drawn-out litigation over how they treat the women they employ, Wall Street firms have adamantly disputed all contentions that they discriminate - until the time has come to do the math  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via The New York Times

Infosys, India's second-largest outsourcing company, reported quarterly profits up 39.2 percent  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

At least 42 state governments have contracted with companies in India and other low-wage countries to help administer such taxpayer-funded programs as the new electronic system replacing food stamps, according to a study released today by a technology workers union  ...full story

July 14, 2004

via Business Europe

The number of working age people in the UK without a job increased 6,000 in the three months to May, official statistics revealed today  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Lockheed Martin Corp. allowed a "racially charged atmosphere" to grow at one of its factories for years, culminating in a deadly shooting spree by a white worker last year, a federal agency said Monday  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via The New York Times

 DaimlerChrysler may move production of future versions of its Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars away from the company's biggest German plant - costing 6,000 jobs - unless it obtains about $620 million a year in cost savings from workers  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Schwarzenegger ceded powers to union, agreed to new perks in winning a delay in a pay raise  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via AME Info

The Middle East's human resources (HR) landscape is characterized by several features, some typical of developing nations and some unique to the region  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Online Recruitment

46% of HR professionals currently recruit at least 10% of their organisation’s workforce via the internet, according to research released today from Softworld HR & Payroll  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Business Europe

Ethnic minority job applicants still suffer racial discrimination in the job market, a new survey suggests  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Telegraph

Morgan Stanley settled a landmark sex discrimination case at the last minute yesterday, paying a record $54m to avoid an embarrassing court battle  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Silicon.com

IT decision makers don't believe that the trend towards outsourcing and offshoring has run its course just yet and expect to see spending rising, according to new research  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Business Europe

Employees' liking for multiple short breaks instead of one long annual holiday leads to improved workplace productivity  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via CNN Money

Shares of Indian tech services firms have soared. But now they face a possible profit crunch  ...full story

July 13, 2004

via Telegraph

Gordon Brown has vowed that his pledges to cut jobs and plough the billions saved into public services will work, warning that he will not allow unions to derail the plans  ...full story

July 12, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Companies looking to cut healthcare costs are adding fitness programs to keep employees active and healthy   ...full story

July 12, 2004

via Times Online

Software companies have become the latest target of the sex discrimination tribunal claims that have hit Merrill Lynch and other major City firms  ...full story

July 12, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

At Toyota Motor Corp.'s gearbox factory near Bangalore, workers sing a corporate song written by Kiyomichi Ito, the plant's Japanese managing director, as part of efforts to foster a spirit of common endeavor   ...full story

July 9, 2004

via The Daily Times

Some 34 material workers at Ridley Township's Boeing facility are expected to lose their jobs this month. Or, in some cases, simply shift their job title  ...full story

July 9, 2004

via HR Magazine

In parceling out various HR functions to separate vendors, companies quickly learn they must devote substantial HR time and resources to simply managing and overseeing those multiple-vendor relationships  ...full story

July 9, 2004

via Business & Legal Reports

A new study that compares the amount of money that can be saved in a tax-advantaged Health Savings Account (HSA) with the sum required to fund health care costs during retirement reveals "a dramatic mismatch," according to the nonprofit group that conducted the study, the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)  ...full story

July 9, 2004

via Jones Day

Outsourcing and offshoring have become hot political topics in the United States and the EU. However, this is not the first time that offshoring became a political issue in the United States  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via The Wichita Eagle

After rejecting two previous offers, Boeing Wichita technical and professional workers Wednesday overwhelmingly accepted the company's third offer of a labor contract  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via Credit Union Magazine

Bandwidth growth sophisticated new applications, and the hardships of post-Sept. 11 travel have combined to make online learning ("e-learning") an increasingly popular tool among credit unions  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via Business Europe

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, protects workers who ‘blow the whistle’ highlighting wrongdoing by their employer. The Act makes provision about the kinds of disclosures that may be protected; the circumstances in which such disclosures are protected; and the persons who may be protected; Alison Wallace looks at the issues  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via BBC

Athletes are increasingly being paid not to play, but to talk. Why? Because businesses want their employees to glean skills - like teamwork, patience, and strength - that will make their companies world champions  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via Business Europe

A think tank says business groups and trade unions are 'missing the point' on working time and that the true answer lies in smarter working practices  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via Financial Times

The move, which will see its workforce climb to about 1,200 staff, is being funded by a £50m ($93m) rights issue, announced on Wednesday  ...full story

July 8, 2004

via HR Gateway

According to the OECD, workers in the UK put in almost an extra three weeks in working time over a year when compared to their EU neighbours, and they fare even worse in terms of legal protection  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via Computer Weekly

IT officials in Contra Costa County, California have launched an investigation into how hundreds of internal e-mails containing private employee data were sent out inadvertently to a Swedish company  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via The New York Times

Europe's long siesta, it seems, has finally reached its limit — a victim of chronic economic stagnation, deteriorating public finances and competition from low-wage countries in the enlarged European Union and in Asia  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via The Miami Herald

More Delta pilots retire as new wage-cut plans are prepared. The third-largest airline has been struggling financially and has said not ruled out a bankruptcy filing  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via Telegraph

The government has sought to defend its record on manufacturing after TUC claims that 750,000 jobs had been lost from the sector since Labour came to power  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer defended his decision to cut employee healthcare and stock benefits, telling workers the software giant needed to reduce costs  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

All longshore workers would honor the picket lines of their colleagues, union officials say  ...full story

July 7, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, asked a U.S. appeals court Tuesday to throw out a decision allowing 1.6 million female employees to sue the company as a group for alleged discrimination  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via The Washington Post

A protracted battle between business and labor that questions which federal agency has jurisdiction over the handling of hazardous material -- after a decade of arguing -- has heated up again  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via Business Europe

Equal employment practices bring big gains to employers, a business-led taskforce on race equality and diversity has concluded  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via Financial Times

Swiss International Air Lines will open negotiations shortly with its unions in an attempt to tackle its oversupply of pilots  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via The New York Times

In May, the Chicago City Council approved Wal-Mart's application to open its first Chicago store, on the site of the Helene Curtis plant  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via Marin Independent Journal

Sixty percent of the surveyed companies said they have reduced or plan to reduce investment management expenses, which make up about 70 percent of total operating costs  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via Business Europe

Lawyers have urged employers to catch up with employment rules or face a costly tribunal visit  ...full story

July 6, 2004

via CanadaIT

Workstream said the acquisition will immediately strengthen its customer base and stream of recurring revenue. Bravanta has 25 sales staff and 300 customers, including Levi Strauss, British Airways and Gateway  ...full story

July 5, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Members of the second-largest union at Boeing Co.'s Wichita, Kan., plant will vote this week on a four-year contract that includes a lump-sum payment upon ratification and guaranteed pay raises in three of the four years  ...full story

July 5, 2004

via The Miami Herald

A survey by the Employment Law Alliance found that 58 percent of U.S. workers think companies that outsource overseas should be penalized by the U.S. government   ...full story

July 2, 2004

via The New York Times

The pace of U.S. hiring slumped sharply in June after several months of robust gains, the government reported on Friday, as employers added fewer than half the number of payroll jobs forecast and hours of work shrank  ...full story

July 2, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Contract length is a stumbling block. Firms are expected to impose health plan co-pays  ...full story

July 2, 2004

via The Washington Post

U.S. firms are too reluctant to outsource jobs, report says   ...full story

July 2, 2004

via Telegraph

Complaints about occupational pension schemes rose by a fifth last year, and there is concern about poor administration in both occupational and personal pensions  ...full story

July 2, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

About 60% of SBC's workforce is covered by the contract, which guarantees the jobs of 100,000 workers and saves the company about $2 billion  ...full story

July 2, 2004

via The New York Times

As United Airlines prepares to ask workers for a new round of cutbacks, its pension plans look increasingly vulnerable. The airline has four big plans, and shedding any one could lop off more than $1 billion in debt  ...full story

 
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