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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  7/28/2014
Wage Growth Picking Up in Some Sectors
Wage growth is accelerating in several key industries, foreshadowing stronger gains across the economy, experts say. Pay hikes have picked up in sectors such as leisure and hospitality, business services, construction and retail, Labor Department figures show. "There is evidence that a cyclical upturn in wage growth is underway," says economist Paul Dales of Capital Economics.

Boeing CEO Sorry for ‘Cowering’ Workers Remark
Boeing CEO Jim McNerney has apologized for saying the aerospace giant's employees were "cowering" during his tenure, a comment one union official called "a new low" in the company's relationship with workers. McNerney made the remark during a Wednesday call with analysts, when he was asked if he is thinking about retiring after he turns 65 next month.

How Employers Are Tapping Talents of Disabled Workers
A long-overlooked player in the American workplace is finally getting some extra attention: The disabled worker. In March 2014, the Department of Labor updated its requirements regarding the recruitment, hiring, promotion and workplace retention of individuals with disabilities.

Disabled Americans Struggle to Make Ends Meet
Americans with disabilities, 19 percent of the overall population, are put at a distinct financial disadvantage. And it starts early on. Less education, on top of physical or mental impairments, makes it hard to find work or maintain a full-time job…

In an Improving Economy, Is Age Bias Getting Better or Worse?
Recent headlines haven't made it look easy to be over the hill at work. Washington, D.C.,  power players are turning to plastic surgery to avoid a "use by" date for their careers. Silicon Valley firms are hiring high school students as interns. Twitter got hit with a lawsuit alleging age discrimination last week by a former manager.
Washington Post

Five Jobs We’re All Jealous Of
Wake up at 6:30 a.m. (ish), get ready for work, drive to work in traffic, work from 8 to 5, check your email and social media throughout the day, get off work, drive home in traffic, get home, relax and have some dinner, go to bed and do it all over again. Many refer to this as the grind.

Fast-Food Workers Intensify Fight for $15 an Hour
As labor gatherings go, this one was highly unusual—68 workers arrived on charter buses from St. Louis, 100 from New York City and 180 from Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Fifty flew in from Los Angeles and two dozen from Seattle. These were not well-paid carpenters or autoworkers heading to their annual convention, hoping to sneak in a round of golf.
New York Times

Mary Poppins Won’t Work for Minimum Wage
You'd think magical powers would entitle Mary Poppins to more than $7.25 an hour. But in a parody from Funny or Die, the Disney character (played by Kristin Bell) is quitting her job because that’s all the Banks family will pay her. She struggles to make ends meet while making $7.25, the federal minimum wage, pleading for a $3 raise.

Higher Wages Signaled by More U.S. Employees Quitting
If someone at your workplace recently quit, you may be poised for a raise. With more Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs and confidence about business conditions improving, wages could increase amid this labor-market turnover. More than 2.5 million U.S. workers resigned in May, a 15 percent increase from a year earlier, based on seasonally adjusted data from the Labor Department.
Concord Monitor

Math Nerds Are Taking over Wall Street
When you think about the typical Wall Street trader, you probably picture a fast-talking Wolf of Wall Street type. But guess what? They are rapidly being replaced by "quants" -- soft-spoken super nerds armed with high-tech software to help them beat the market.

How to Address Gender Inequalities in Agriculture
Gender inequalities in rural areas are now more and more acknowledged by governments, scientists, and farmers. Lost opportunities or potential gains from gender equality on food security, livelihoods, and development have been widely analyzed. But progress in empowering rural women in agriculture and reducing gender inequality has been slow despite the introduction of the “demand-driven” approach in agricultural research
Christian Science Monitor

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating the Legal Evolution
Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. And in the last four years, the High Court has dramatically expanded corporate rights. It ruled that corporations have the right to spend money in candidate elections and that some for-profit corporations may, on religious grounds, refuse to comply with a federal mandate to cover birth control in their employee health plans.
National Public Radio

More Than Half of Spaniards in Their 20s Are Unemployed
Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings—dubbed the "lost generation"—will have missed a decade or more of work.
National Public Radio

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