Many workers that work on an hourly wage have no benefits, no sick days, and very little time off. Bosses often take little to no consideration of even the simplest at work aids that may increase pregnant worker comfort ability, such as being able to sit down or carry a water bottle. The simple truth is that pregnant employment is seen as an inconvenience at best, unfortunately seeing as this is nothing short of discrimination. Judging pregnant employment harshly is illegal, a practice that can lead to major finds and millions of dollars in lawsuits. Sensitivity training and an overhaul of human resource practices are the only sure fire ways to create a benchmark that employers and employees can adhere to. The facts are that child birth is a human right, and denying someone employment based on a human right is a clear violation of the EEOC guidelines that have been taught to nearly every business in the US.
Young workers in the U.S. have enjoyed the sharpest rise in their employment opportunities in the last three months since the recession began, with approximately 650,000 jobs being added. This is especially good news for that “lost generation” as they were one of the groups hardest hit by the recession. They can now claim that they account for almost two-thirds of employment increases since August, while the remaining third consisted of older workers. Those in the middle age groups actually saw a decrease of 212,000 jobs in the same period. Economists and labor experts warn that the young should not get too comfortable, as in the event of another economic downturn, the young are usually the first to be fired. Also, the raw data does not tell the whole story, such as the quality of the job. Most frequently the young are entering dead end retail or hospitality positions rather than ones with training and the possibility for growth.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services hosted an even dubbed “Hiring Our Heroes” to improve employment prospects for veterans in today’s economy. The event took place in Northeaster Wisconsin with the help of local chambers of commerce and was attended by approximately 350 veterans. According to the University of Phoenix Research Institute, many recent veterans have difficulties finding civilian employment because of injuries, lack of transition assistance, and barriers to translating their military experience to their employers. Many of the veterans in attendance are employed but fear the fragility of the labor market or are considered underemployed. Government officials who attended the employment expo applauded the businesses for their participation and reminded them that they should be hiring the veterans not because they thought it was the right thing to do for their country, but because the veterans’ honed leadership skills would benefit their businesses.
A $399,000 grant has been given to Marin Employment Connection to train and certify employees in the green economy. The program is designed to give 100 unemployed or underemployed workers with vocational training. Green Regional Education Employment Northbay, known as Project GREEN is based on the retraining program from 2009 started by the California Clean Energy Workforce. It continues to provide training in the green field to construction workers. Project GREEN will hopefully help employment in several sectors, including green construction, water and waste services, renewable energy, and green transportation. The program will recruit and train individuals, and hopefully be able to provide them with employment opportunities, based on their interest and backgrounds. In addition to teaching the unemployed about green technologies, the program will review other job skills, such as basic math, how to search for and apply to jobs, and interview skills. The funding for the training program comes from the government, but is matched dollar for dollar with funding from green corporations.
Los Angeles police are calling for the assistance of anyone who knows anything regarding an online scam that has been used to steal multiple identities already, and threatens to steal many more. The suspects are accused of sending out false applications to job seekers on the behalf of a suspected the company. A small fee is asked for a background check, as well as driver’s license and social security numbers. Legitimate businesses remind applicants that it is against policy to demand money for processing applications, as well asking for social security numbers online. Police believe that people are allowing themselves to be scammed simply because of the state of our economic times. With employment down, people are desperate to find jobs; these suspects are feeding off that need. Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Los Angeles Authorities.