Jul 5, 2019
by Ed Lamb
Univ. of Alaska Furloughs 2,500 Employees to Accommodate State Budget Cuts, Governing
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy slashed state higher education funding by 41 percent. Losing $130 million on top of a planned fiscal year 2020 budget cut of 5 percent caused Alaska’s university system on July 1 to freeze hiring, cancel all faculty and staff travel and issue furlough notices to more than one-third of its workers. Efforts are being made to maintain employment by putting people on unpaid leave rather than terminating them.
More Job Postings Cite LGBTQ Diversity in Hiring, Burning Glass Technologies
Since 2010, the percentage of job announcements that include the term “sexual orientation” in their compliance and equal opportunity statement has risen from 2.4 to 19.9. A similar trend was found for the term “gender identity.”
Study: Harassment Up for African American Women as General Rates Decline, HR Dive
This summary of finding from an analysis of EEOC claims 1997 to 2016, also notes, “A higher unemployment rate in one month was followed by an increase in the number of reported harassment cases the following month. The link indicates that men are more likely to engage in harassing behavior when they feel that their economic position is threatened, researchers said.”
10 Tips to Help Managers Strike the Vacation Balance, HR Dive
Techniques for avoiding conflicts among employees and minimizing unexpected leave request denials include encouraging minibreaks, asking for vacation requests in time to plan for coverage, and resolving workload or cultural issues that prevent employees from actually using vacation time.