HR Headline Roundup for July 8-12, 2019

U.S. Labor Secretary Alex Acosta Resigns Under Pressure From Handling of Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Case, CNBC

Patrick Pizzella, who has served as deputy labor secretary since mid-April 2018, has been named acting secretary. According to his official DOL bio, Pizzella “served as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) after being nominated by President Barack Obama in 2013,” and he held the position of acting FLRA chairman in the Trump administration for most of 2017.

 

Five States Remain Without Budgets for New Fiscal Year, Governing

Governors and legislators continue fighting in Massachusetts, New Hampshire North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. Oregon beat a midnight July 1 deadline after a walkout by Republican senators, and Wisconsin’s FY 2020 budget was finally signed on July 10. The biggest budget news, however, might be coming out of Alaska, where Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavey used line-item vetoes to cancel $444 million in proposed funding.

 

Ill. Lawmakers’ Self-Imposed Pay Freeze Ruled Unconstitutional, Chicago Tribune

State representatives and senators denied themselves pay raises each year from 2009 to 2017. A Cook County judge ruled that this violated the Illinois Constitution, which prohibits lawmakers from passing bills that change how much they get paid during a current session.

 

Virginia Beach City Council Ponders Polling Employees on Allowing Guns at Work, Virginian-Pilot

Councilwoman Jessica Abbott said during a July 2 meeting, “"I think that the answer lays somewhere in the middle. But we need to gather as much information as possible, and I think a simple way of doing that would be taking a pulse check on employees and saying ‘How do you feel and what could we be doing better?’” The following week, a special General Assembly session called by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to consider public sector employee safety and state gun laws more broadly concluded after just 90 minutes when slim Republican majorities in both chambers passed a resolution to meet again on November 18, after statewide elections.

 

Nobody Nails Performance Management, HR Dive

A Mercer survey of 1,154 HR leaders “showed only 2 percent of companies feel their performance management system delivers ‘exceptional value.’”

 

Florida Cities Pay $1M in Ransoms, Baltimore Takes Notice, Government Technology

Costs from a ransomware attack on the Maryland city have exceeded $18M to date, while a similarly struck city in Florida last week unlocked its data after paying an insurance deductible of $10,000.

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