April 20, 2021
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Amazon accused by union of illegal interference
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The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has filed objections to the National Labor Relations Board regarding the Alabama Amazon union vote, accusing the retailer of illegally skewing results by threatening employee layoffs and warehouse closure if workers voted to establish a union. "Rather than accepting these employees' choice, the union seems determined to continue misrepresenting the facts in order to drive its own agenda," said Amazon spokeswoman Heather Knox.
Full Story: The Associated Press (4/19),  CNET (4/19),  Reuters (4/19) 
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How Does Recognition Build Inclusion?
Building truly inclusive cultures means going beyond just improving diversity numbers in recruiting. Instead, build inclusion into the everyday employee experience and your company culture. Here are four ways recognition builds inclusion. Learn more
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Recruiting & Retention
Employers should be prepared for significant changes under President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, including extended unemployment assistance and premium assistance for employees who qualify for COBRA coverage. The plan also expands paid sick and family leave coverage while increasing the wages for which employers can claim credit.
Full Story: JD Supra (4/19) 
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Leadership & Development
Strategies for Success from TrainingMag.com
Micromanagement is the unfortunate byproduct of remote working and has led to employee frustration with a plethora of unnecessary meetings. Reduce fatigue by scheduling only the remote meetings that have a purpose for those who attend and use project-management tools instead to track progress, advises Ohio University's Nicole Antoinette Smith.
Full Story: Training magazine (4/16) 
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Benefits & Compensation
Research by Voya Financial shows that many employees feel significant biases against high-deductible health insurance plans though they may save money over the long term. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said they would always pick the lowest-deductible plan, and 89% said they would just select the same plan as the previous year, highlighting a need for better benefit education by employers.
Full Story: Employee Benefit News (free registration) (4/16) 
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The HR Leader
Mass shootings can have lasting mental health effects on survivors, witnesses and people watching the violence unfold on the news, so mental health care providers suggest seeking support from people outside the traumatic event, contributing to the community and sending cards to those affected to begin to heal. Licensed clinical social worker Becky Clark also advises being "careful about how you're getting your information as well as expressing your concerns."
Full Story: Health (4/9),  WICU-TV/WSEE-TV (Erie, Pa.) (4/14) 
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About the Editor
Kanoe Namahoe
Kanoe Namahoe
Today’s HR Leader story about coping with the aftermath of a mass shooting is a sobering but important one. Experts detail the impact to mental health and offer tactics for managing the emotional fallout.

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