Talent and HR News Weekly Roundup: What Matters to Workers Right Now

1) Gallup: Worker fears over pay cuts decline from The Hill

"About 1 in 5 U.S. workers is concerned about facing a pay cut soon, according to new data from Gallup. That's a sharp decline from the years directly after the 2008 fiscal crisis, when as many as 1 in 3 Americans feared seeing slashed wages. In fact, as recently as two years ago, roughly 30 percent of workers worried about a looming pay cut. Workers are roughly as worried about taking a pay cut as they are about getting laid off or losing hours, Gallup found. The most pressing concern for workers was reduced benefits, with about 1 in 3 Americans afraid of that outcome."

2) Why More Employees Are Going Back to Their Old Jobs from Bloomberg

"Gone are the days of a burned employer writing off an employee who decides to leave for a different company. So-called boomerang employees—workers who return to a former employer—are on the rise. In a survey of more than 1,800 human resource professionals, managers, and employees by Kronos and Workplace Trends, 76 percent said they're more accepting of hiring former employees than they were five years ago. Employees also reported feeling less anxiety about returning to a company, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would consider boomeranging."

3) US Job Growth Speeds Up in August from US News and World Report

"U.S. job growth picked up the pace last month as the labor market tacked on 190,000 new positions, according to the ADP National Employment Report issued Wednesday. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees led job creation in August after a particularly weak July, generating 85,000 new jobs. Companies with more than 500 employees, meanwhile, added only 40,000 positions, down from July's 53,000. The ADP report suggests the labor market is continuing to plug along, which will undoubtedly be viewed positively by the Fed."

4) How A Suit Against Uber Could Redefine The Sharing Economy from NPR

"Drivers are arguing that they should be classified as employees — not contractors — and she claims that labor law is on their side, especially in California where the company is headquartered. "In California, those laws are particularly strict and say that employers have to reimburse their employees for expenses that are required to do the job," she says. One of the first steps in the case against Uber was getting the federal judge to certify the drivers as a class. The company fought that classification but lost."

Susan LaMotte, SPHR is the founder of exaqueo, a workforce consultancy that helps companies build cultures, employer brands and talent strategies. Contact exaqueo to learn more about our employer brand innovation, workforce research and recruiting strategy offerings.

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