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  “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr   First proposed in 1979, Martin Luther King Jr. Day,…
Just before the start of the new year, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act which contained a nearly $900 billion coronavirus aid package. The President signed the $2.3 trillion government funding bill into law, preventing another government shutdown and releasing billions of dollars in aid. Among other things, the relief package will extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who have been affected by the global pandemic. Here are some of the key factors in…
It’s been a year like no other; 2020 has had many downs with very few ups to balance it out. Despite a global pandemic that spiked the unemployment rate to heights we hadn’t seen since the fallout of The Great Depression, both the U.S. Congress and the California Legislature introduced and passed a slew of laws that affected employees and business owners. Here’s a look at a few of the significant employment and labor laws…
So far, President-elect Joe Biden is keeping his promise to put together a Cabinet that looks more like America and could become the most diverse in history. After choosing a running mate that will become the first woman, person of color, Black and South Asian to hold the office of Vice President, it’s clear Biden knows the importance of diversity in the workplace and in America’s government. Some of Biden’s most notable picks so far…
There’s a lot of confusion as the world tries to navigate its way through an almost yearlong global pandemic. And one of the latest controversies is whether or not a workplace can force its employees to get the newly developed coronavirus vaccine. The short answer is “yes.” Legally, private “at-will” employers can require their employees to get vaccinated, just as healthcare workers are required to get an annual flu shot or school children are required…
In a year where almost everything from the way we work to how we gather with friends has changed, our work holiday traditions will be no exception. So many of us, both employees and employers, have altered the way we interact with one another on a daily basis at work. Video conferences have become the new norm, and we can expect to see our holiday parties turn into cyber celebrations this year. But just because…
In Part I of this two-part series, I introduce what President-Elect Joe Biden calls his plan for “empowering American workers.” This plan reflects the changes we may see in the workplace for both employers and employees after he is sworn into office. In the following of Part II, I dive deeper into the three components of this plan for establishing a “stronger, more inclusive middle class”. 1. Corporate Power & Labor Biden states that he…