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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  10/31/2014
U.S. Third-Quarter Wage Gains Largest Since 2008
U.S. labor costs rose more than expected in the third quarter as wages recorded their largest gain since 2008, a sign that a long-awaited pick-up in wage growth was underway. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, increased 0.7 percent after advancing by the same margin in the second quarter.

The Coming Out of Apple’s Chief Tim Cook: ‘This Will Resonate’
Tim Cook’s declaration on Thursday that “I’m proud to be gay” made him the first publicly gay chief executive of a Fortune 500 company. But Mr. Cook isn’t just any chief executive. And Apple isn’t any company. It’s one of the most profitable companies in the Fortune 500 and ranks No. 1 on the magazine’s annual ranking of the most admired companies.
New York Times

Employers Push to Prepare for Mobile Job Hunters
If you’re thinking about finding a new job in this improving economy, chances are you’re using your phone or tablet to do it – and you’re definitely not alone. Nine in 10 job seekers today are using a mobile device to aid in their search for a new gig, says a new survey by Lee Hecht Harrison, a global outplacement firm headquartered in New Jersey.
The Fiscal Times

Keep Remote Employees Enthused, Energized and Engaged
A 49-year-old father of two hits his alarm clock at 6:30 a.m., starts a pot of coffee and prepares for his daily commute. For the past 3 years Bill Lewis has worked for a large company based in the heart of New York City and even though his home in Texas is nearly 2,000 miles from the office, Bill’s daily commute only takes him a few steps.
Fox News

Small Firms Start to Drop Health Plans
Small companies are starting to turn away from offering health plans as they seek to reduce costs and increasingly view the health law’s marketplaces as an inviting and affordable option for workers. In the latest sign of a possible shift, WellPoint Inc. said Wednesday its small-business-plan membership is shrinking faster than expected and it has lost about 300,000 people since the start of the year.
Wall Street Journal

More Data Won’t Turn Employees Into High-Performing Machines
In much of the industrialized world, work has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. We have come a long way since the early days of assembly lines and Fordism. Today, we talk about giving employees a consumer-like experience: not “jobs,” but meaningful careers; not “roles”, but a sense of purpose.
Harvard Business Review

Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability
America’s slow and expensive Internet is more than just an annoyance for people trying to watch “Happy Gilmore” on Netflix. Largely a consequence of monopoly providers, the sluggish service could have long-term economic consequences for American competitiveness.
New York Times

U.S. Targets For-Profit Colleges That Saddle Students With High Debt
The Obama administration is stepping up regulation of for-profit career colleges, announcing rules that could cut off federal funding to institutions that leave students with massive debts they can't repay. The U.S. Department of Education's effort, unveiled Thursday, is the latest sign that federal and state authorities are ramping up scrutiny of the for-profit college industry,
Los Angeles Times

The NLRB: The New Elephant in the Room
Recently, I realized that my desk was covered with recent National Labor Relations Board decisions (and articles about those decisions) I needed to review. The problem is, the Board is intruding into nonunion workplaces with such ferocity that it is impossible to keep up.
HR Hero

Voters in Four States to Decide on Minimum Wage Hikes
Voters in four states—Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota—will decide on minimum wage increases when they go to the polls on November 4, and Illinois voters will make their opinion on the issue known in a nonbinding vote. Information on state ballot measures from Ballotpedia indicates.
HR Hero

11 Americans Die at Work Every Day
Not only is your job irritating and stress-inducing, it might be deadly—even if you work behind a desk. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in recent years, an average of 11 Americans die on the job every single day and another roughly 50,000 die annually because of illnesses they contracted on the job — meaning that working kills roughly 54,000 Americans every year (and injures millions more).

Employers Using Personality Tests to Vet Applicants Need ‘Cautious Personalities’ of Their Own
Choose one of the following that best describes you: “There is more to life than having money and being successful.” OR “It is very important to always thank service people.” These days, when applying for a job, particularly at a customer service-focused employer, you should be prepared to answer the above type of question—and dozens more—as part of the regular hiring process.

Baby Boomers Say They Aren’t Moving Out of Their Homes
Instead of flocking to sunny beach havens or downsizing to a condo in the city during their retirement years, a majority of Baby Boomers say they're just going to stay put in their old home. In a survey of 4,000 Baby Boomer households, 63 percent of Boomers plan to stay in their current home once they retire.

Not Made in China: Garment Manufacturing Part II
China thinks manufacturing clothes is so last decade. As labor costs in the “world's factory” continue to rise dramatically, global fashion brands are looking elsewhere to source apparel. In addition to established hubs like Bangladesh and Vietnam, the garment game is ripe for new players: Myanmar (Burma), Haiti and Ethiopia.

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