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Inside Human Resources (Apr 17th, 2019)

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1. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the tech company will be improving its HR practices and launching an in-depth investigation to recent claims of harassment and discrimination that surfaced during an employee email chain earlier this month. Nadella sent a company-wide email on Monday stating the company is planning to adjust its parameters on inclusion and diversity at various levels of leadership and will update its business conduct training materials, which will include new disciplinary guidelines. – CNBC

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2. The career development partnership between Goodwill and Google plans to add 33 new locations for its training program. The three-year collaboration, which has already produced Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator programs at 93 Goodwill locations throughout America, teaches Goodwill employees a wide range of technical skills. As part of the Grow with Google Initiative, the GDCA program is expected to reach more than 1.25 million Goodwill employees. – HR DIVE

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3. The efforts of Apple, Google, Amazon and other companies expanding to Austin has the city preparing for nearly 20,000 new residents within the next three years, which will likely raise the cost of living. To help alleviate housing costs, the City Council approved “Affordability Unlocked”, which would initiate affordable housing construction over the next 10 years. However, more resources — such as private partnerships and tax incentives — are needed to make it a reality and the plan is up for a final vote next month. — KUT 

Note: This article originally appeared in a recent issue of Inside Austin.

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4. Two Tuolumne County, CA businesses were victims of email phishing scams that stole paychecks from employees. The county sheriff’s office reported that the HR departments of the targeted companies were sent emails from people who posed as actual employees and requested that payroll change their direct deposit an account operated by scammers. The businesses were held liable for the losses. – MODESTO BEE

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Paid leave for domestic violence victims in New Zealand
by Nick Shekeryk

New Zealand is a small island country with a population of fewer than 4.7 million people, but it carries the burden of having one of the highest domestic violence rates in the developed world. It's a place where police respond to domestic abuse-related incidences every 4 minutes. The alarming rate at which domestic violence is reported has resulted in New Zealand spending between NZ$4.1 billion-NZ$7 billion (approximately $2.8 billion-$5 billion USD) each year on resources for victims. To reduce overall spending on domestic violence and to provide victims more options for safety with less red tape to cut through, New Zealand’s Members of Parliament banded together to pass the paid leave bill.

With the introduction of this nearly unprecedented legislation, which requires employers to give domestic violence victims up to 10 extra days of paid leave in addition to the typical holidays and sick days, New Zealand is one of only two countries to enact a nationwide law of this nature. The other nation is the Philippines, which also offers up to 10 days of paid leave under the same conditions.

The proposal of this bill, which went into effect earlier this month, started in 2016 as a passion project of MP Jan Logie, whose work in a women’s shelter led her to a career in politics. The enactment of this law will surely prove to be a huge step in the right the direction for civil rights in New Zealand— and hopefully, the rest of the world will be watching and taking notes.

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5. Andrew Scott was hired at the new HR Director of Oregon Metro. Scott served in the same role for Salt Lake City and was chosen to replace Mary Rowe, who plans to retire this year. – OREGON METRO

6. Becoming a manager for the first time can be difficult if you’re not ready to handle the responsibilities— such as dealing with employee issues. Forbes spoke with several seasoned managers across various industries to offer key pointers for new managers to build success. – FORBES

7. Problems such as layoffs and scandals can cause a disruption within companies if not correctly handled by management. HR Dive discusses how moves such as keeping open lines of communications with employees can save you from experiencing chaos if you run into a work-related catastrophe. – HR DIVE

8. The national minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 per hour for the last decade while rent prices have increased at a rate of 2.8 percent per year. Research from WorkJam suggests that financial instability for hourly workers is an HR issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. – HR TECHNOLOGIST

9. The University of Oregon released the latest version of its updated administrative employment procedures, which addresses matters such as discipline, performance management and time off requests. The school’s HR department is offering a window for comments and feedback before it officially implements changes later this month. – UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

10. Google’s People Innovation Lab manager, Veronica Gilrane, surveyed 5,600 of the tech company’s employees and found that the top-performing teams have three things in common— one of them being the encouragement of employees talking about things other than work. – BUSINESS INSIDER

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Nick Shekeryk has a professional background rich in digital marketing and media. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, New York Post, The Post-Standard, and on MSN.com, among others. He has a graduate degree in journalism from Syracuse University, as well as creative writing and philosophy degrees from Seattle University. He lives in Seattle, WA, and spends his spare time playing and coaching baseball, running half marathons, and seeing as much live music as possible. You can follow Nick on Twitter at @NickShekeryk.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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