HR Headline Roundup for October 14-18, 2019

Why America Isn’t at Full Employment, Axios

The short two-part answer is that the labor force participation rate (i.e., the percentage of people who can hold jobs outside who do) is holding steady at around 63 percent and that productivity-adjusted wages remain well below the 2 percent growth target economists use as an indicator of full employment.


OPM Urges Agencies to Abandon Progressive Discipline for Poor Performers, Government Executive

An Office of Personnel Management memo sent on Oct. 10, 2019, also advised managers to do away with lists of recommended penalties and to move toward terminating underperforming employees at the earliest opportunity.


Is Your Careers Site Accessible?, Human Resource Executive

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires public agencies to ensure online resources can be accessed by individuals who have limited hearing and vision. Building websites to WCAG 2.0 standards will help ensure ADA compliance.


Why the Chicago Teachers Strike Is Different, Vox

About 25,000 instructional and support staff walked off the job on Oct. 17, 2019, because they “want more than a pay raise—they want bold, transformative investment in the Chicago public education system. They also want more affordable housing in the city for students and teachers. That’s something no teachers union has demanded in recent contract negotiations.”

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