Universal Orlando is laying off 1,123 salaried employees at its creative division, theme parks and resorts, the company has disclosed in a federally required notice of mass layoff. Universal disclosed in the notice that 373 of the layoffs will occur at the Universal Creative office. The other 678 layoffs will occur at the Plaza office located near the theme parks. However, none of these positions involved hourly workers.
See Gabrielle Russon, "Universal Orlando lays off 1,123 employees amid coronavirus pandemic", Orlando Sentinel, November 20, 2020
Phoenix Suns officials confirmed Friday it is enacting furloughs on some employees and organization-wide pay cuts. The SunsChiefdoms
Suns Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Dean Stoyer, announced that there is a "5-10% furlough and pay cuts across the board" in the franchise. Representatives from the Suns claim that the cuts are due to the serious economic downturn across the sports and entertainment industry. Additionally, more than 30 employees have been furloughed.
See Duane Rankin, "Phoenix Suns having employees take 20% pay cuts, furloughs amid pandemic's impact, officials confirm", AZ Central , November 20, 2020
Oscar Fernandez has brought a wrongful death suit against Tyson Foods on behalf of his father Isidro Fernandez, who died in April due to complications from Covid-19. The suit alleges that Tyson did not take sufficient measures to protect workers, and that the company encouraged workers to come in while they were sick. Recently, the suit was amended to include troubling allegations about the behaviors of managers within the Waterloo facility. According to new allegations in a lawsuit, Tyson supervisors at a pork processing facility in Waterloo, Iowa took bets on how many workers would get infected with Covid-19, even as they took measures to protect themselves and denied knowledge of the spread of the illness at work. Waterloo facility.
See Danielle Wiener-Bronner, "Managers at Tyson meat plant had betting pool on how many workers would get Covid, lawsuit alleges", CNN Business, November 19, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic nearly all workplaces have transitioned to remote work. AS a result many companies have instituted a new position, director of remote work. Facebook was one of the leading companies to announce that they were adding the position of director of remote work. As Facebook has also announced that they will keep their workforce at home until June 2021. One of the key reasons that companies are adding the is to aid in the process of creating similar employee experiences both for in person employees and remote employees.
See Stephanie Vozza, "More companies are hiring a ‘director of remote work’", Fast Company, November 19, 2020
As the world nears the one year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic health remains a pressing issue for all in the workplace. Specifically, the transition to remote work and the exhaustion of the pandemic has led to a rise in mental health concerns. A recent report by McKinsey & Co. found that 62% of workers across the globe consider mental health to be one of their top challenges. McKinsey additionally found that while 96% of companies globally have made changes to their HR policies and increased employee resources, only 1 in 6 employees report feeling supported.
See Abigail Hess, "McKinsey report: 62% of workers worldwide consider mental health ‘a top challenge’", CNBC News , November 19, 2020
Starting Dec. 14, baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants will receive a pay increase of at least 10% if they were hired before Sept. 24. The coffee chain is known for giving its workers more generous benefits and pay compared with other retailers and national restaurant chains. Starbucks currently pays its employees above the minimum wage, so the wage increase goes further than adjusting for new minimum wage legislation.
See Amelia Lucas, "Starbucks raises wages for its baristas as restaurant industry braces for minimum wage hike", CNBC , November 18, 2020
General Motors has recently issued its strongest warning yet that persistent industrial unrest could drive it out of South Korea. The warning comes just two years after General Motors received a state-backed rescue package to stay in the country. GM workers have been staging two, four-hour strikes daily since Oct. 30 as they demand an end to a wage freeze put in place after the 2018 deal that saved the Korean operations from bankruptcy. The strikes and other industrial action have cost the company 17,000 vehicles in lost production. The loss comes in addition to the 60,000 units lost earlier in the year due to the pandemic.
See Ben Klayman, Heekyong Yang , "Exclusive: GM warns labor unrest making South Korea untenable", Reuters, November 18, 2020
Walmart is rolling out free, mandatory testing to all workers in New Mexico. The tests will be given to employees every 2 weeks. While many meat packing companies such as Tyson Foods have rolled out mandatory testing for employees, few retailers are doing the same. Grocery giant Kroger was one of the first major retailers to offer free testing for workers, rolling out free at-home COVID tests in July. Now, Walmart is following suit.
See Kate Taylor , "Walmart is rolling out COVID testing for all workers in New Mexico, requiring employees to get tested every 2 weeks", Business Insider , November 18, 2020
Friday, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng their new general manager. The announcement is historic as Ng is now the first woman to hold that title in any of the major men’s sports leagues in North America. Ng is also believed to be the second person of Asian descent to lead an M.L.B. team.
See James Wagner, "With Marlins Job, Kim Ng Is ‘Bearing a Torch for So Many’", The New York Times, November 16, 2020
U.S. airline employment will soon fall to the lowest level since the mid-1980s. The decline is the result of the Covid-19 pandemic.By the end of the year airlines will have cut the equivalent of about 90,000 jobs since the beginning of the pandemic. The massive job loss includes more than 30,000 furloughs at airlines like United and American that began last month and the departure of thousands of other workers who accepted buyouts from Southwest, Delta and other carriers. Passenger carriers and their employees’ labor unions have repeatedly urged Congress for a second $25 billion federal aid package to preserve jobs through March.
See Leslie Josephs , "U.S. airline employment to reach lowest levels in decades after pandemic cuts 90,000 jobs", CNBC News , November 16, 2020