Don’t talk, message: It’s just so much more in tune with the time-sliced era we live in 😜

Over the years, as i have grown older, i find myself dreading face-to-face interactions with human beings. It’s not that i don’t like talking to people, i just prefer instant-messaging. IM-ing is how conversations should be conducted. For one, in this day and age of serial multitasking and decreasing…

New Debt Collection Guidelines Released

New guidelines to be applied by Australia’s banks to debt collection agencies have been released today. This voluntary Industry Guideline complements the provisions of the Banking Code of Practice (the Code) set out in Chapter 14 (Customers who may be vulnerable), Chapter 41 (Financial Hardship) and Chapter 43 (Recovering a Debt). This guideline reflects good … Read moreNew Debt Collection Guidelines Released

‘Premium’ SME Borrowers Are Bad News

Underestimating the appetite of premium quality borrowers has led to a revenue downgrade for fintech business lender Prospa and a 28 per cent reduction in its share price. Via InvestorDaily. Prospa shares crashed 27 per cent to a record low of $2.80 on Monday morning following the release of the group’s trading and guidance update. … Read more‘Premium’ SME Borrowers Are Bad News

Senior White House Official Testifies Privately in Trump Impeachment Probe & More Impeachment News; Hearing Schedule

From VOA News: “Senior White House Official Testifies Privately in Trump Impeachment Probe By Wayne Lee November 16, 2019 01:16 PM WASHINGTON – A senior White House budget official arrived on Capitol Hill Saturday to testify behind closed doors before congressional investigators who are conducting an impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump. Mark Sandy, … Read moreSenior White House Official Testifies Privately in Trump Impeachment Probe & More Impeachment News; Hearing Schedule

Take Action to Protect the Endangered Species Act

“OUR WORLD” Mexican gray wolf pup over the summer, the Trump administration unveiled its final changes to the rules that implement the Endangered Species Act (ESA) — a series of disastrous regulatory changes best characterized as an “Extinction Plan”. The rule rollbacks represent a fundamental attack on this cornerstone of conservation law, making it harder … Read moreTake Action to Protect the Endangered Species Act

US House General Counsel Told Appeals Court: House Investigating Whether Trump Lied to Mueller

The US Congress waited for the Mueller report before impeachment, but Trump’s justice department is still fighting to hide the information. A Trump appointee, Neomi Rao, appears ready to help Trump-Barr hide the information. This is getting old. If there is nothing to hide, then why are they actively hiding it? Link: https://facebook.com/cnn/videos/337456690451820/ https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/politics/roger-stone-trial-rick-gates-testimony/index.html From … Read moreUS House General Counsel Told Appeals Court: House Investigating Whether Trump Lied to Mueller

Why Aren’t China’s Human Rights Problems Part of the Trade Deal?

The Trump administration and the Chinese government reportedly have been close to a “phase one” trade deal for some time now, but Turkey Day is almost here and there’s still nothing announced. What’s the holdup? These are the two largest economies in the world we’re talking about! People are getting antsy. Look, I get it: … Read moreWhy Aren’t China’s Human Rights Problems Part of the Trade Deal?

Im-Politic: The Case Against Impeachment (So Far)

As a public service, herewith a handy-dandy guide to those widely touted Trump impeachment charges or insinuated charges that hold water so far, and those that don’t. Spoiler alert: The single alleged presidential transgression that I believe would warrant impeachment – and removal from office – comes at the end of this post. And not … Read moreIm-Politic: The Case Against Impeachment (So Far)

The Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List now online

The Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List was officially released today by Staffing Industry Analysts. In its fifth year, the list includes 100 of the staffing industry’s most influential women in the Americas and 50 in the global staffing industry. “The women named to this year’s Global Power 150 list play an important role … Read moreThe Global Power 150 — Women in Staffing List now online

Tech Headlines: Headstart, Jobiak and Fulcrum announce funding rounds; Trigyn reports staff augmentation deal

Headstart, which aims to reduce unconscious bias in hiring, announced a $7 million funding round; Jobiak, which provides a Google for Jobs service, announced a $2.3 million funding round; on-demand staffing platform Fulcrum announced a $1 million funding round; Trigyn Technologies Ltd. reported a staff augmentation contract; and Infosys Ltd. (NYSE: INFY) commemorated construction of … Read moreTech Headlines: Headstart, Jobiak and Fulcrum announce funding rounds; Trigyn reports staff augmentation deal

For employees starting new jobs, tech is top tripping point

While nearly all companies have an onboarding process, that didn’t stop employees from experiencing difficulties when starting new jobs, according to a poll of 1,000 US offices workers by Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI). Issues with technology not being set up were cited by 39% of respondents; it’s the area … Read moreFor employees starting new jobs, tech is top tripping point

Adecco to pay $49,500 in Pennsylvania discrimination suit

Adecco USA Inc. will pay $49,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced Friday. An applicant with learning and other mental disabilities was refused placement at a food packaging and distribution center after an official told him he was “too slow” for the job, according … Read moreAdecco to pay $49,500 in Pennsylvania discrimination suit

OSHA releases new temp worker guidance documents (Mondaq)

Two new temporary worker guidance documents were released by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a report on Mondaq by law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. One is a small, handout card that reminds temporary agency workers that they have the same rights as traditionally hired workers. The other document, which covers safety … Read moreOSHA releases new temp worker guidance documents (Mondaq)

Healthcare hiring to propel US labor market even in case of recession (CNN Business)

Healthcare jobs will keep the US labor market growing even if there’s a recession, according to CNN Business. The US population is aging and living longer, requiring more healthcare services. And demand will continue despite talk of healthcare reform among some presidential candidates. “I don’t worry about [potential] healthcare reform affecting hiring, which is mostly … Read moreHealthcare hiring to propel US labor market even in case of recession (CNN Business)

Innovative Customs Procedures in Laredo, Texas Accelerate U.S. Exports to Mexico

Last month, from October 16-17, industry leaders and officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) traveled to Laredo, Texas, one of the premier cities for U.S.-Mexico trade. With over $100 billion in U.S. exports processed in 2018 alone, customs officials on both sides of the border face increasing demands to perform … Read moreInnovative Customs Procedures in Laredo, Texas Accelerate U.S. Exports to Mexico

A Coup in Bolivia, Yet Again

Bolivia is currently ruled by an unelected president, Jeanine Áñez, whose government is now responsible for nearly two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries after Evo Morales’s overthrow. The situation is dire — but this is far from the first time the country has seen a coup in defense of Bolivia’s elites. Miners from Colquiri … Read moreA Coup in Bolivia, Yet Again

U.S. Department of Commerce Extends Huawei Temporary General License

U.S. Department of Commerce Extends Huawei Temporary General License KCPullen@doc.gov Mon, 11/18/2019 – 11:45 Trade enforcement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 18, 2019 Office of Public Affairs (202) 482-4883 publicaffairs@doc.gov Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will extend for 90 days the Temporary General … Read moreU.S. Department of Commerce Extends Huawei Temporary General License

Diane Ravitch on Pete Buttigieg’s Troubled Education Record

I’ve come to the conclusion that, on K–12 education, Pete Buttigieg is a stealth corporate reformer. Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Nevada Democrats’ “First in the West” event at Bellagio Resort & Casino on November 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker / Getty Images There are many reasons why … Read moreDiane Ravitch on Pete Buttigieg’s Troubled Education Record

Defend America’s Fabricated Steel Industry

Editor’s note: This video by the American Institute of Steel Construction is a vivid illustration of how we wrongly give up whole US industries that pay large numbers of workers well. When we lose those jobs, we diminish the purchasing power of whole communities because wages are pushed down regionally. And we lose innovation for … Read moreDefend America’s Fabricated Steel Industry

‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims

Editor’s note: China is not just another country. It is a bad actor. It is a threat. Appeasement and engagement failed. Decoupling is needed. And containment. We can no longer enable the Xi regime with trade and investment. More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on … Read more‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims

‘Job quality index’ may help explain why Nevada grows poorer as it grows

Editor’s note: Our Job Quality Index is picked up in Nevada as commentators start to think about how job growth can happen without improving the economy. Perhaps it can help local regions turn away from creating service sector jobs in economic planning.  Politicians love to cite a falling unemployment rate as evidence of the wisdom … Read more‘Job quality index’ may help explain why Nevada grows poorer as it grows

Wall Street Doesn’t Believe Elizabeth Warren Is Serious About Medicare for All

Is Elizabeth Warren’s Medicare-for-All phase-in plan a shrewd, realistic tactical move to win a public health system — or a bait and switch to play to M4A’s popularity without actually fighting for it? Wall Street thinks it’s the latter. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Nevada Democrats’ “First in the West” event … Read moreWall Street Doesn’t Believe Elizabeth Warren Is Serious About Medicare for All

The Well-Worn Path from Prison to Homelessness

We’ve previously reported on the shocking way newly released prisoners have been treated in the UK, being given tents and sleeping bags to use on their first night out because no social housing is available for them. As bad as … Continue reading → The post The Well-Worn Path from Prison to Homelessness appeared first … Read moreThe Well-Worn Path from Prison to Homelessness

Truckers Seek To Toss California’s New Gig Economy Law

We’re now just a few weeks away from the nation’s most stringent independent contractor misclassification law taking effect in California. But if a group of truck drivers have their way, the law will stall out before it ever gets on the road. The California Trucking Association filed an amended lawsuit in federal court on November … Read moreTruckers Seek To Toss California’s New Gig Economy Law