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LATEST NEWS AND STORIES

  • Some States Move To Limit Rights of Transgender Adults

    For the last several years, conservative lawmakers have introduced legislation to limit the access of transgender minors to medical interventions and to regulate how schools address related topics. Now, they have expanded their attempts to regulate trans people by focusing on adults. Missouri, Iowa, West Virginia, and other states have introduced legislation to require transgender adults to use restrooms aligned with their gender identity at birth. Some legislatures do not want transgender folks to mark their gender identity on their driver's licenses.

  • Zoom Cuts DEI Jobs and Shifts Strategy

    Like many tech companies, Zoom is laying off employees, eliminating 150 jobs. Zoom included its diversity, equity, and inclusion group in those laid off. Zoom's chief operating officer, Aparna Bawa, announced that instead of having an internal team devoted to workplace issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion, the company would bring in outside consultants to focus on inclusion.

  • Tight Labor Market Leads to Some Narrowing of Racial Inequalities

    A bit of hopeful news published in the Economist suggests historical employment inequalities for Black workers are shrinking. Prior to the 2019 Covid-19 pandemic, Black workers had an unemployment rate twice as high as white workers. Last year's jobless rate was 5.2% for Black Americans compared to 3.7% for white Americans — the narrowest gap on record.

  • Australian Workers Can Legally Ignore Late-Night Work Calls

    Australian workers may be the envy of the world. The Australian Senate passed a pill giving employees the legal right to ignore calls and messages outside of working hours without fear of repercussion. This bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives and become law.

  • Google’s Work Culture Chilled By Layoffs

    The New York Times recently published a piece delving into the impact of significant layoffs at Google. The consequence of these layoffs is a more "glum" workplace. Workers used to consider Google a "fun, different kind of place to work." While they used to pride themselves on working late hours to create and fine-tune Google products, these employees now empty the building before 5:00 p.m. Some workers say Google has poorly communicated the cuts, so employees suddenly find the teams they relied on gone.

  • Anti-DEI Group Targets Rooney Rule

    America First Legal, a conservative legal nonprofit, added the Rooney rule as its latest legal challenge to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. It filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

  • Employees Filming Job Terminations Becoming More Common

    The new year has brought a round of layoffs in many sectors. Unlike some previous generations, Gen Z openly shares what those firings look like. Millions of TikTok and X (Twitter) viewers have watched real videos with in the moment reactions to unwanted job losses.

  • Generational Discord Impacts Business Productivity

    New research from the London School of Economics demonstrates that collaboration issues between managers and employees across generations negatively impacted output. By surveying 1,450 employees in finance, technology, and professional services industries in the U.K. and U.S., researchers learned that generational friction drives down productivity.

  • Recent Data Shows Remote Workers More Likely To Be Fired

    In 2023, remote workers had a 35% increased chance of having their jobs terminated compared to hybrid or fully in-person employees, according to Live Data Technologies. Wayfair executives agree — they recently told their staff that remote workers would be the most vulnerable in the company’s layoff of 1,650 workers.