HR Headline Roundup for November 11-15, 2019

Virginia Beach Municipal Center Shooter ‘Exhibited No Clear Red Flags.’ Independent Investigators Find, Virginian-Pilot

A private security firm reached the same conclusions as law enforcement officials: The public works engineer who wounded 4 people and killed 11 coworkers, a contractor and himself on May 31, 2019, had no discernible motive and gave no obvious warning signs. The independent investigators did recommend protecting city workers from similar attacks by doing more workplace violence training, establishing a formal behavioral threat assessment team and creating a channel for employees to report issues without going through managers and supervisors.


How ACA Marketplace Premiums Are Changing by County in 2020, Kaiser Family Foundation

A clickable map allows users to view the monthly premium after tax credit for the lowest-cost Silver Plan for 40-year-olds with a range of incomes. Almost all benchmark plans will cost less in 2020.


Report: Cyber Workforce Must Grow 145 Pct. to Meet Global Demand, Nextgov

In Strategies for Building and Growing Strong Cybersecurity Teams, nonprofit (ICS)2 notes that “the shortage of cyber professionals grew nearly 40 percent over the past year.” Recommendations for filling the gap include retraining existing employees and recruiting individuals for their ability to acquire new skills.


Viewpoint: Stop Denigrating the Civilian National Security Workforce and Fix It, Government Executive

In addition to discouraging senior administration officials and members of Congress from attacking federal employees, actions that could help recruit and retain skilled security staff include opening more positions to people with lower-level clearances, shortening the time between concluding a clearance investigation and onboarding, and making pay and benefits more competitive with the private sector.


Half of Employed Adults Likely to Job Hunt Next Year, American Staffing Association

Other key findings from a late-August 2019 survey are that 38 percent respondents intend to change careers and 69 percent of students worry they will be unable to find “the right job.”


Some CBD Products May Yield Cannabis-Positive Urine Drug Tests, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

In a very small study, two of six people who vaped while using a hemp-based fluid with a THC content below the legal limit failed urine screens for marijuana use. Subjects vaped just once. “What this means,” said postdoctoral fellow Tory Spindle, Ph.D., a researcher in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, “is that people need to be wary of single-dose or cumulative THC exposure and be aware that these now legal products may cause an unexpected positive result on a drug test.

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