In the week that ended Oct. 14, the number of Americans making their first claims for jobless benefits dropped to 222,000, the smallest number since March 1973, the Labor Department said. It was the 137th week in a row that claims held below the 300,000 mark, which is viewed by economists as a sign that the labor market is strong.
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To help bring more women into top management, HR should set up unconscious bias training and mentoring and sponsorship programs, and senior leaders should set goals for hiring and promoting women, executives and HR leaders say. "At the management level we have a really critical need to upscale managers, women and men, to really be advocates of diversity and inclusion," says Alexis Krivkovich, a partner at McKinsey & Co.
The benefits employers offer may change over time, but more than 80% of workers said they spent less than an hour considering their options last year, an Aflac survey found. Here's a look at how employees should evaluate their choices with regard to health insurance, retirement savings and life insurance.
Lincoln Financial Group HR chief Lisa Buckingham joined during the financial crisis and, over the years, has been tasked with such strategic goals as adding diversity, creating a digital strategy and establishing coaching and talent-management programs.
Five years ago, Sean McCarren, a 17-year UPS employee, started a Facebook group called UPS Dogs, where he and other drivers share photos and videos of dogs as well as the occasional cat they meet along their routes. Many of the drivers carry treats with them for their canine customers, says driver Jeff Skender.