HR Headline Roundup for August 26-30, 2019

Health Care Costs as Much as a New Car, Axios

Combining the average employer contribution of $15,000 for health plan for a family of four with an average premium of $4,706 and out-of-pocket spending of $3.020 yields an annual health bill of $22,885. That easily exceeds the price for a Ford Focus ($17,950) or Toyota Corolla ($18,600).


24% of Workers Care if Employers Shares Their Political Views, Clutch

Six in 10 workers reported that they cannot tell whether their employer’s political opinions aligned with their own, and 40 percent of respondents to a survey of 500 employees across the United States “disagree that company leadership should take stances on political issues related to their industry.”


Facebook Expands Tool That Lets Local Governments Send Alerts, Nextgov

You will find full details on the upgrades to Facebook Local Alerts here.


SURVEY: Public Wants Government Websites to Be Easier to Use, Nextgov

A 2019 federal government customer experience survey conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton found that internet users consider information on .gov websites to be the most-trustworthy but also less-accessible than it is on commercial sites.


Cyberdefense Resources for State and Local Governments, Govloop

This overview points readers to sources of funds and talent and offers suggestions on how to upgrade infrastructure and improve organizational policies and practices.


Virginia Beach City Manager Reigns, Virginian-Pilot

Concerns over Dave Hansen’s management style and personal behavior surfaced well before the tragic workplace shooting on May 31, 2019. Law enforcement officials and an independent group hired by the city continue to investigate what prompted that deadly attack.


Phoenix Voters Reject City Pension Funding Measure, Government Executive

By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, voters in an August 27 special election rejected a multipart proposal to cap increases on budgets for programs other than public safety and to direct future general budget surpluses to covering pension liabilities.

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