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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  7/23/2014
Split Decisions on Obamacare: The Impact on 4.7 million Americans
Two opposing court rulings issued Tuesday sowed confusion about whether 4.7 million Americans can keep their Obamacare subsidies. A federal appeals court panel in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday morning that individuals cannot use tax credits or subsidies to buy health insurance on the federal exchange,

I Have $3,600 at Stake in Obamacare Subsidy Rulings
Michael Wall has $3,600 at stake in the debate over Obamacare subsidies. Wall is one of the 4.7 million Americans closely watching dueling court decisions released Tuesday on whether the government can subsidize premiums for people who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

States Experiment with Health Savings Accounts for Medicaid
If all goes according to plan, next year many Arkansas Medicaid beneficiaries will be required to make monthly contributions to so-called Health Independence Accounts. Those who don't may have to pay more of the cost of their medical services, and in some cases may be refused services.
National Public Radio

Women Business Owners Face Gender Gap, Report Says
Women who own small business are still far behind their male counterparts when it comes to getting loans and government contracts, a congressional report said Wednesday. The report by Democratic staffers of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee found that while businesses owned by women account for 30 percent of small companies, they receive only 4.4 percent of the total dollars in conventional small-business loans.
Washington Post

Macy’s Workers Win Labor Ruling
A group of cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy's M +0.44%  store in Massachusetts are a big enough lot to try to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board decided in a ruling that could advance organized labor's quest to unionize subsets of workers in varied industries.
Wall Street Journal

Ousted CEO So Popular, Employees Protest to Get Him Rehired
Employees protest over many things: higher wages, better benefits, safer working conditions in their jobs. What's far more unusual, if not unprecedented, is to see workers, organized by senior managers, stage a rebellion to help their CEO get his job back. Yet that's just what been happening recently at a 71-store grocery chain based in the Northeast.
Washington Post

Why Former Employees Make Great Hires
LeBron James’ recent decision to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers is a notable one--and not just for what it will mean for basketball season. There’s an important hiring principle here. Returning employees often make the best hires, according to a new study conducted by Brad Harris, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois.
INC Magazine

Hundreds of Postal Workers Protest at Chicago Staples Over Outsourcing
Hundreds of postal workers from around the country protested outside a Staples store in downtown Chicago on Tuesday over a program that allows postal services to be sold at more than 80 Staples retail outlets. Postal workers have complained about the program for months, saying the "mini-post offices" staffed by non-union workers will result in fewer jobs and hours of work.
Canadian HR Reporter

Technology, Aided by Recession, Is Polarizing the Work World

The American workforce has been growing polarized for decades. On one end, there are highly skilled jobs like writing software or performing surgery, and on the other are service jobs like child care and cutting hair.
New York Times

Tech Sector Still Struggles With Gender Diversity
Tech companies—whether they be established firms with thousands of employees or five-person startups only months in the making — have long been criticized for their lack of female employees, especially in management and engineering roles. In the last few years, however, the industry has taken note of the gender disparity and it is slowly changing.
Canadian HR Reporter

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