Will working from home become permanent? Answers from the experts
Mark Zuckerberg is moving Facebook toward a substantially remote workforce over the next decade, making changes permanent that began in the past few months.Within 10 years, Zuckerberg told The Wall Street Journal he expects as much as half of Facebook's employees — who currently number more than 45,000 — to work from home.There are also many other examples of working from home becoming the norm: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently told employees they could work from home permanently. Other smaller tech companies have announced similar proposals.Q: Will other major corporate players eventually shi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ford pauses production at Kansas City Assembly Plant after worker tests positive for COVID-19
DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. temporarily paused production at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, on Tuesday to deep clean after a worker tested positive for COVID-19.A UAW official confirmed an hourly worker had tested positive and the affected area was cleaned to protect other UAW members on the line.Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press only the Transit Van side of the plant was affected, that F-150 pickup production was not disrupted, and Transit production resumed after approximately one hour.Few details were available ...
Detroit Free Press
Telecommuting was a hit in the COVID-19 shutdown. So who's rushing back to the office?
MIAMI — Tony Argiz, CEO of a big accounting and advisory firm with offices stretching from Coral Gables to New York and India, was a bit of a telecommuting skeptic. Until the coronavirus pandemic hit.Literally overnight, Argiz’s firm dispatched 700 employees home to work safely and remotely. After a slow start, business is now up 10% over last year, Argiz said. Telecommuting worked out so well that when more than half of his employees at Morrison Brown, Argiz & Farra told their bosses in a survey they wanted to keep working from home, executives readily agreed.“We’ve been killing it on all cyl...
New York Gov. Cuomo: State and NYC to provide death benefits for front-line workers who die from coronavirus
ALBANY, N.Y. — Families of front-line workers killed by coronavirus will be entitled to government-backed death benefits, Gov. Cuomo announced Monday.The governor, holding his daily briefing aboard the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum in honor of Memorial Day, said public health workers, police, firefighters, transit workers and medics deserve more than just a thank you for their work during the pandemic.“We will continue to show respect to our front-line heroes not just with words, but with action,” Cuomo said.“I want to make sure we repay that debt,” Cuomo said. “The least we can do, what w...
New York Daily News
Businesses hoping to reopen join run on PPE
Nikia Londy’s employees are afraid to come back to work.The owner of Intriguing Hair, a salon in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, thought her stylists would be eager to return. But they don’t feel safe, she said.Like other states, Massachusetts has released standards businesses must follow to reopen after two months of quarantine. Among the dozens of requirements, every employee at salons and barbershops must wear face masks and eye protection. Faced with choosing vendors despite knowing little about the equipment, Londy is struggling to procure this safety gear before reopening Monday.“I don’...
US Army plans massive recruiting drive for summer
As nationwide unemployment figures reach record highs, the Army is offering career-seekers an opportunity to be all they can be.The U.S. Army plans to launch a major recruiting drive between June 30 and July 2. The initiative, called Army National Hiring Days, was reportedly pitched to the Army’s service secretary and chief of staff earlier this month. It will begin shortly after the storied military branch celebrates its 245th birthday on June 14.According to the Army Times, the push to beef up the number of soldiers in uniform follows a springtime of low recruitment, brought about by the cor...
New York Daily News
Did HP purge boomers to make way for millennials? Judge rules lawsuit claims can go ahead
SAN JOSE, Calif. — A federal court judge in San Jose narrowed a lawsuit accusing HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise of purging older workers in favor of younger ones, but ruled that the case should proceed based on its central claims.Three dozen former employees are suing the firms for age discrimination, claiming they were fired because they were older and the companies wanted a younger workforce.Judge Edward Davila wrote in his ruling this week that the former workers claim internal HP documents from 2015 showed that “Baby Boomers” were considered “undesirable” while millennials were seen as ...
The Mercury News
Could the coronavirus reset society? Questions we should be asking about postpandemic life
SEATTLE — Hotel rooms for the homeless. Food-chain and sanitation workers hailed as national heroes. A Republican-led federal government flooding the country with easy money. Governors putting the brakes on evictions. A new national obsession with hand-washing and the finer points of epidemiology.The coronavirus pandemic has even reduced air pollution in cities across the globe, including Seattle, as cars and trucks stay off the road — though not enough to make a dent in climate-change projections.Few political analysts, social workers or doctors would have dared such dreams just four months a...
The Seattle Times
Chiefs' Eric Bieniemy focused more on doing his job than changes to NFL's Rooney Rule
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Less than six months since Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is “not where we want to be” in its record of hiring minority head coaches, the league took a step toward addressing that issue.The NFL this week announced policies aimed at enhancing job opportunities for minorities and women — starting with the so-called Rooney Rule.The league will now require teams to interview at least two outside minority candidates for any head-coaching opening (that number had previously been one), and at least one minority candidate for any vacant coordinator’s position.“The NFL is co...
The Kansas City Star
Kings furlough more than one-third of full-time employees due to coronavirus shutdown
Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart informed employees Monday that more than one-third of the team’s full-time workers will be furloughed for four months beginning June 1 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Rinehart made the announcement in an email to employees, a copy of which was obtained by The Sacramento Bee. Rinehart explained the sports and entertainment industries were hit hard by the suspension of NBA play and live events at Golden 1 Center, resulting in “an unprecedented impact on our bottom line” and “significant fiscal uncertainty about the future.”“Since all l...
The Sacramento Bee