… that 37% of all employees telecommuted during July 2015, the highest level ever? This is according to a Gallup survey conducted earlier this month. The biggest jump in telecommuting, according to Gallup, occurred between 1995 and 2006, when telecommuting went from 9% to 32%. According to Gallup, 55% of college graduates report that they telecommuted. Furthermore, approximately 46% of those who telecommuted stated they worked during regular business hours, while 45% stated they worked outside of normal business hours.
… that government contractors may be required to offer paid sick leave? President Obama is considering an Executive Order to require government contractors to offer seven days of paid sick leave per year. According to the United States Department of Labor, “The Administration continues to look for ways to strengthen the middle class, and we have long expressed support for expanding access to paid sick and family leave to more workers. In the absence of action from Congress on this issue, we continue to explore ways to expand access to paid leave. At this time, no final decisions have been made on specific policy announcements.”
… that women comprise over half of those employees who will be affected by DOL’s proposed salary exemption levels? According to MomsRising and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 5.9 million workers currently classified as exempt will become eligible for overtime if their salaries are not increased to the anticipated $50,000.00 a year range. Approximately 3.2 million of those employees are women according to the report. Furthermore, “the greatest percentage increase in newly covered workers will be among single mothers, who tend to earn less than married mothers and childless single women, and black and Hispanic women, who tend to hold lower paying jobs than white and Asian women.” The report adds that 36% of all women who are currently classified as exempt will be affected by the new rule, compared to 21% of men.
… that the United Auto Workers now represents approximately 12,000 Gaming Workers in casinos nationally? Most recently, on August 23rd, by a vote of 74 to 42, game dealers at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada voted for representation by the auto workers. This once proud manufacturing union represents card dealers and other gaming employees in Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, and Rhode Island. UNITE HERE represents approximately 55,000 casino employees in Las Vegas and Reno. The UAW is competing with hospitality unions, such as the Culinary Workers and Bartenders Union for gaming employee representation nationally.