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EU — Occupational profiles in working conditions: Identification of groups with multiple disadvantages

September 16, 2014 Comments off

Occupational profiles in working conditions: Identification of groups with multiple disadvantages
Source: Eurofound

Job quality indexes are constructed on the basis of such aspects of working conditions as earnings, prospects, working time, and intrinsic job quality. Occupations where job quality is consistently low are labelled ‘occupations with multiple disadvantages’. This report uses data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey to identify such occupations. It finds that workers in mid-skilled manual and lowskilled occupations do quite poorly when it comes to earnings, prospects and intrinsic job quality, and they report relatively low levels of both physical and mental well-being. However, their working time quality is generally good. In contrast, workers in high-skilled occupations do relatively well on almost all job quality indicators, except working time. An executive summary is also available.

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Work and Health Insurance for 50- to 64-Year Olds

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Work and Health Insurance for 50- to 64-Year Olds
Source: AARP Public Policy Institute

Work is a critical gateway to health insurance. Nearly two-thirds of 50- to 64-year olds had employer-sponsored health insurance in 2012 . But working is not a guarantee of employer-sponsored health insurance. Part-time workers and the self-employed are much less likely than full-time workers to have insurance through their employment. Getting coverage as a dependent on a family member’s employer plan plays an important role for some workers and nonworkers. Health reform offers new coverage options to workers and others who do not have access to coverage through work.

This Fact Sheet discusses the prevalence of employer coverage among 50- to 64-year-olds overall and by work status as of 2012, and new options for coverage.

Public holiday entitlement varies greatly around the world

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Public holiday entitlement varies greatly around the world
Source: Mercer

Employees in India and Colombia benefit from the greatest number of public holidays in the world while Mexicans have access to the least, according to data from Mercer’s Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines. The report is used by HR directors of multinational companies to help define the employee benefit policies in the countries in which they operate. It provides an overview of mandatory and private benefit practices, statutory regulations and employment conditions across 64 major economies.

Full report available for purchase.
Hat tip: IWS Documented News Service

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary, 2013
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

A preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2013, lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, compared to a final rate of 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012.

Final 2013 data from CFOI will be released in the late spring of 2015. Over the last 5 years, net increases to the preliminary count have averaged 165 cases, ranging from a low of 84 in 2011 to a high of 245 in 2012. The revised 2011 figure was 2 percent higher than the preliminary total, while the 2012 figure was 6 percent higher.

Veteran Hiring in the Civil Service: Practices and Perceptions

September 12, 2014 Comments off

Veteran Hiring in the Civil Service: Practices and Perceptions (PDF)
Source: Merit Systems Protection Board

This report describes the laws and regulations for hiring veterans into the civil service. It explains that the laws and regulations regarding the preferences in hiring that can or must be given to veterans and certain family members are extremely complicated. It includes survey data of perceptions by employees regarding both violations of veterans’ preference rights and inappropriate favoritism of veterans. Furthermore, it explains the history behind—and implementation of—a law that was designed to ensure that the hiring of recently retired service members as civilian employees of the Department of Defense is based on merit and not favoritism.

Sexual Orientation and the Federal Workplace: Policy & Perception

September 11, 2014 Comments off

Sexual Orientation and the Federal Workplace: Policy & Perception (PDF)
Source: Merit Systems Protection Board

This study examined Federal employee perceptions of workplace treatment based on sexual orientation, reviewed how Federal workplace protections from sexual orientation discrimination have evolved, and determined if further action is warranted to communicate or clarify those protections. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management interprets the tenth Prohibited Personnel Practice, which bars discrimination in Federal personnel actions based on conduct that does not adversely affect job performance, to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination. As this prohibition has neither been specifically expressed in statute nor affirmed in judicial decision, it has been subject to alternate interpretations. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Federal employee perceptions of the workplace are generally less positive than those of their colleagues. We found, however, that in some agencies for at least some workplace issues, LGBT employee perceptions were as positive as those of other employees. This suggests that agencies may be able to create more inclusive cultures, resulting in a more positive atmosphere in the workplace.

US States: For Richer, For Poorer?

September 11, 2014 Comments off

US States: For Richer, For Poorer?
Source: Accenture

Accenture’s latest public service research explores threats to standard of living and the actions governments can take to help ensure that effective labor markets secure the well-being of states, provinces and nations.

For this research, we analyzed the implications of demographic changes in 162 countries. We surveyed citizens, job seekers, employers and public employment service officials in the United States, as well as 10 other countries and the Canadian province of Ontario. We also conducted targeted surveys in 12 states.

For our US research, Accenture focused on this burning platform: States are engaged in a battle for the talent they need to power their economies. Unless the share of people working increases and those who are employed become significantly more productive, the standard of living 15 years from now will decline to what it was 15 years ago.

To secure growth in standard of living, states must identify innovative approaches to increase employment, increase workers’ productivity and ensure that people are maximizing the value of their talents in the workforce.

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