We Know Next Weekly Recap: November 12-16th

News Updates

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

Contrary to some reports that working just a little bit longer—to age 70—will allow between 80 percent and 90 percent of households to have adequate income in retirement, new research by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that for approximately one-third of U.S. households between the ages of 30 and 59, that won’t be enough.

Researchers and experts often examine different generations in the workplace, looking for clues to improve management effectiveness. Recent studies suggest that employers should think twice before making stereotypical assumptions about individual employees based on age.

Even though mobile devices, social media and the Internet have gained wider acceptance as important communication tools with job applicants and employees, these tools aren’t used consistently by most hiring managers and HR professionals who responded to a recent survey conducted by Dimensional Research.

When Tammy Erickson, author of What’s Next, Gen X? (Harvard Business School Press, 2010) and a self-described Baby Boomer, began interviewing members of Generation X for her book, she was “stunned” by how different their perspectives were from her own. 

Amendments to the California Labor Code impose new wage reporting requirements on “temporary services employers” and allow all employees to recover statutory penalties for violations, even where they suffer no actual loss in wages as a result of a deficiency in a wage statement.

This summer's Supreme Court decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has employers scrambling to redefine "part time." Under the law, employees who work 30 or more hours a week will be considered full time and will be eligible for health care coverage. This requirement means companies with 50 or more full-time employees have to reassess their entire range of benefits.

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