HR Headline Roundup for March 4-8, 2019

Judge Says Trump Administration Improperly Blocked Sex, Race Pay Data Rule, Reuters

The Office of Management and Budget in 2017 halted implementation of an Obama-era rule that requires organizations with more than 100 employees to report salaries by gender and race. The National Women’s Law Center sued to lift the block, winning on the grounds that OMB failed to articulate its reasons for suspending the rule.

America’s Least-Favorite Company Is the U.S. Government, Axios

The federal government as a whole ranked last in the latest Harris Poll of 100 favorite companies despite not being presented as a choice. Rock-bottom scores for ethics, trust, culture, vision and citizenship put the government below Sears, the Trump Organization and Phillip Morris.

Former FLRA Chair Nominated to Head OPM, FEDweek

Dale Cabaniss would replace Margaret Weichert, who took charge of the Office of Personnel Management after Jeff Pon unexpectedly stepped down in the fall of 2018. The nomination has drawn general support, but it remains unclear how strongly Cabaniss would push the massive federal workforce reorganization proposed by the Trump administration.

Government-to-University Initiative Develops Solutions to ‘Intractable’ Public Workforce Issues, Volcker Alliance

G2U aims to address talent access challenges, workforce preparedness issues and the dearth of predictive analytics in the public sector. All stakeholders are invited to take part in or seek out discussions from the Regional Approach to Advancing Government Effectiveness forum being held on March 20 in Washington, D.C. Topics slated for consideration by invited educators and leaders in federal, state and local government include inspiring students to succeed in the public workforce and helping students successfully navigate public sector hiring.

Wage Inequality Continued in 2018, Economic Policy Institute

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey show that while pay increased for most Americans last year, women with advanced degrees continued earning less on average than men with only college degrees. Also, income gains occurred faster for whites and Hispanics than for black people.