HR Headline Roundup for November 25-29, 2019

Job Loss Predictions Over Rising Minimum Wages Haven’t Come True, Axios

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that restaurant, bar and hotel jobs increased in every state that raised its minimum wages since 2016. Over the same period, “three of the five states with the slowest job growth rates did not have a state minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.


City of Los Angeles Employees Keep Zero-Premium Health Insurance Benefit, Governing

Mayor Eric Garcetti had pushed to have workers pay 10 percent of their health benefits costs, but each of the union contracts he signed this year preserves the status quo of charging city employees nothing to keep their health coverage.


Grants Available for Increasing Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities , Administration for Community Living

Employers, including states and municipalities, have until Feb. 14, 2020, to submit proposals to “expand their recruiting and retention programs to better include workers with disabilities (particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities) and to display leadership in addressing this critical economic issue.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ office expects to fund more than one initiative, and the largest award will be $100,000. Visit this website to find full details on applying.


OPM: Some Agencies Can Implement Workforce EOs Without Bargaining, Government Executive

Executive Orders that took effect on Oct. 1, 2019, authorize federal agencies operating with union contracts that renewed automatically to implement the EOs immediately, according to guidance the Office of Personnel Management issued on Nov. 25, 2019. “Whether or not parties opt to reopen an agreement, … all relevant provisions of the EOs become operative and enforceable at the conclusion of a current term of a” collective bargaining agreement, OPM Director Dale Cabaniss wrote.


Bad Air, Bedbugs Plague Social Security Offices in Okla., Government Executive

Problems at the hearing office in Tulsa have persisted for nearly 18 months. OSHA investigators raised particular concern about a high concentration of carbon dioxide in air circulated by a faulty HVAC system. For their part, Social Security Administration officials argue they have eliminated the bedbug infestation. Union representatives disagree.

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