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As Movement For Higher Pay Grows, Report Examines Who Makes Less Than $15 in the U.S.

April 24, 2015 Comments off

As Movement For Higher Pay Grows, Report Examines Who Makes Less Than $15 in the U.S.
Source: National Employment Law Project

As workers across industries prepare for a historic day of strikes and protests for higher wages, a report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) shows that nearly half, (42 percent) of workers in the US are paid less than $15 an hour.

The report, The Growing Movement for $15, which comes days before adjunct professors, fast-food, home care, child care, retail and airport workers are expected to protest in the largest-ever national mobilization for higher pay, provides comprehensive wage and demographic figures on the 42 percent of the U.S. workforce that earns less than $15 an hour.

The report finds that six in 10 of the largest occupations with median wages less than $15—including restaurant jobs, retail jobs and personal care jobs—are among the occupations projected to add the most jobs in coming years, shedding light on why the “Fight for $15” has spread quickly from the fast-food industry to include workers from various sectors of the economy.

Europe Catches Up: Older-Worker Employment in the EU and USA

April 23, 2015 Comments off

Europe Catches Up: Older-Worker Employment in the EU and USA
Source: AARP Public Policy Institute

The European Union (EU) has experienced significant growth in the employment of workers ages 55 to 64, which has far outpaced the growth of older-worker employment in the United States. An initial look might lead to the conclusion that the EU is ahead of the United States in employing older workers. However, the historical performance of the U.S. labor market should also be considered.

Categories: AARP, age and aging, Europe, labor

The Human Rights Impact of Less Lethal Weapons and Other Law Enforcement Equipment

April 20, 2015 Comments off

The Human Rights Impact of Less Lethal Weapons and Other Law Enforcement Equipment
Source: Amnesty International

Law enforcement agencies around the world regularly misuse so-called “less-lethal” weapons and equipment for torture and their use can also have deadly consequences, Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation said as they launched a new briefing at the United Nations Crime Congress in Doha, Qatar.

The Human Rights Impact of Less Lethal Weapons and Other Law Enforcement Equipment details the medical and other risks associated with a wide range of weaponry and equipment used in policing, including crowd control during demonstrations, as well as in prisons. And it recommends stricter controls or, in some cases, bans to stem future abuses.

Amnesty International and Omega acknowledge the importance of developing less-lethal weapons, equipment and technologies, to reduce the risk of death or injury inherent in police use of firearms and other existing weapons.

When used responsibly by well-trained and fully accountable law enforcement officials, less-lethal weapons can prevent and minimize deaths and injuries to assailants, suspects and detainees, as well as protect the police and prison officers themselves.

But such equipment can have damaging and even deadly effects if it is not used in compliance with international human rights law and standards.

Anita Borg Institute Reveals Top Companies for Women Technologists 2015

April 13, 2015 Comments off

Anita Borg Institute Reveals Top Companies for Women Technologists 2015
Source: Anita Borg Institute

Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on the advancement of women in computing, announced today the Top Companies for Women Technologists Leadership Index. In its fifth year, the Top Companies initiative is a national program designed to recognize companies where women technologists can thrive.

The Leadership Index is the definitive standard that identifies companies that are leaders in enabling and growing women in technical roles. ABI’s Top Companies program uses quantitative data supplied by participating companies and a widely accepted statistical methodology to score participants on the representation of women at all levels and year-over-year trends in recruitment and promotion of women within the U.S. technical workforce of the participating companies.

For this year’s Top Companies Leadership Index, the Anita Borg Institute evaluated 35 technology companies with a total technical workforce of over 435,000. BNY Mellon is the 2015 winner of ABI’s Top Companies for Women Technologists with the highest cumulative score. The 2015 winner will be recognized at the 2015 Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards banquet on May 14, 2015, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Family Caregivers: An Analysis of State Rules and Practices

April 10, 2015 Comments off

New report brings pre-2020 actions into sharp focus

April 7, 2015 Comments off

New report brings pre-2020 actions into sharp focus
Source: World Wildlife Fund

As UN climate negotiators in Geneva today focus on emissions reductions in the pre-2020 period, a new WWF report outlines the immediate mitigation measures that can be taken in 10 countries.

The WWF report, Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss, shows how key countries can begin work now to close the ‘gigatonne gap’.

Tasneem Essop, WWF’s head of delegation to the UN climate negotiations says there are plenty of ways governments around the world can limit their pre-2020 emissions. “These range from scrapping coal-fired power stations and increasing renewables to improving energy efficiency, strengthening emissions targets and addressing deforestation.”

The urgency to act is highlighted by the scientific evidence outlined in the latest IPCC report that made it clear that emissions have to peak within the pre-2020 period and sharply decline after that.

The WWF report aims to keep focus on the critical period leading to when a new climate agreement would take hold in 2020.

The State of Immigration: U.S. is Far Behind in the Race for Global Talent

April 2, 2015 Comments off

The State of Immigration: U.S. is Far Behind in the Race for Global Talent
Source: Business Roundtable

Most Americans agree that the future of the U.S. economy depends on the ability of its businesses to compete globally. One of the key factors that allow U.S. employers to grow their businesses and create new jobs is their ability to recruit and retain talent from other countries. How well does the current U.S. employment-based immigration system support this goal? Based on original research and analysis, Business Roundtable found that the United States falls short when compared to other advanced economies.

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