HR Headline Roundup for June 17-21, 2019

Top 10 Topics Mayors Are Buzzing About in 2019, National League of Cities

From this list, recreational marijuana, civic engagement and social media have the most direct relevance to human resources. Other topics like ridesharing, solar power and education will affect everyone.

Analysis: U.S. Companies Are Overpaying for Talent, Gartner

The most eye-opening finding from Gartner’s 1Q19 Global Talent Monitor is “U.S. employees only expect about a 10 percent salary increase to switch employers, while companies are offering average compensation increases around 15 percent.”

OPM Issues Reskilling Toolkit, Federal News Network

The federal HR agency in May released its Reskilling Toolkit: Accelerating the Gears of Transformation with the intent of ensuring government employees can get the most out of AI, robotic process automation and other cutting-edge technologies that are changing the ways many jobs are performed.

Is Your Organization New Dad-Friendly?, HR Technologist

Formalizing paternity leave policies and expanding work-from-home options top the to-do list for employers that want to accommodate fathers of newborns and newly adoptive fathers.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop Sharply Among Calif. State Workers, Kaiser Health News

As reported by CalPERS, “The number of new users who were prescribed large doses dropped 85 percent in the first half of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, while new users prescribed more than a week’s supply dropped 73 percent.” The retirement system has worked for more than a decade to curb opioid prescribing, and similar efforts are being undertaken in Maine, Massachusetts and Nebraska.

No One Sure if Paying $600K to Ransomware Attackers Will Restore Riviera Beach’s Data, Palm Beach Post

Two days after the city council unanimously approved a payment of 65 bitcoins (that day worth $592,000), City Hall, Port Center, finance department and water utility pump station computer systems remained partially offline. In addition to the ransom negotiated by the city’s insurance company with still-unnamed hackers, the council agreed to pay a $25,000 deductible and to spend $941,000 to purchase 310 new desktops, 90 laptops and other computer hardware. Within the past year, ransomware attacks have struck nearly 100 U.S. municipalities, including Atlanta; Baltimore; Albany, N.Y.; Greenville, N.C.; Imperial County, Calif.; Cleveland, Ohio; Augusta, Maine; Lynn, Mass.; Cartersville, Ga.; and Stuart, Fla.

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