In StaffLink’s Small Business Week this week we look at how businesses are responding to a shrinking labor market and corporate America’s response to the new tax landscape. Plus, businesses may get a break from frivolous lawsuits if a pending ADA law passes. We also look at the latest healthcare trends, today’s hot jobs, tips for a happy life, and more.
Americans are beginning to see pay increases due to tax reform.
Smuckers has now joined the ranks of the hundreds of companies granting bonuses to employees in response to the tax reform bill. For a full list plus all you need to know about tax reform and corporate America, see the Fox Business report, Tax reform and windfall: These companies are hiking pay, delivering bonuses by Thomas Barrabi.
Lowe’s launches Track to the Trades program to attract talent.
Addressing both the tight labor market and a skills gap in construction and other skilled trades, Lowe’s announced the launch of its Track to the Trades program this week. Partnering with Guild Education, Lowe’s will support qualified employees’ pursuits of a trade to the tune of $2,500 each. CNBC’s Lauren Thomas shares the details in Lowe’s takes another step to win workers in a tight labor market.
To keep the employees you have, be open to change.
When unemployment is low and competition for talent is high, keeping your current workforce happy and engaged becomes a top priority. Inc.’s Young Entrepreneur Council offers some tips to do just that in 5 Strategies to Keep Employees Engaged in 2018.
Businesses may get some relief from “Drive by” Lawsuits.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act this week and the legislation will now move to the Senate. This bill would require those seeking to sue a business for ADA accommodation failures to provide notice and take other steps before taking matters to court.
The bill is aimed at thwarting plaintiffs who engage in so-called drive-by lawsuits and have no real connection to the business they are pursuing. If the legislation passes, one of Florida’s biggest compliance issues may be addressed.
However, as SHRM’s Allen Smith explains in House Passes Bill to Make ADA Accessibility Lawsuits Harder to Bring, not everyone is happy with the House bill.
Pharmacies and urgent care facilities get smart about sharing.
Pointing out what appears to be a new trend in healthcare, Forbes contributor Bruce Japsen writes UnitedHealth, Walgreens Partner to Put Urgent Care Next to Pharmacies. Located side-by-side, MedExpress and Walgreen stores will form part of a “higher-performing local health system” UnitedHealth CEO David Wichmann tells Japsen in the article. Watch for CVS to begin its rollout of these hybrid locations next.
Headed to a networking event? Don’t be that guy (or gal).
This week’s ‘what not to do’ is brought to us by Inc. contributor Hillel Fuld who writes 6 Common Mistakes Even the Most Professional People Make at Networking Events. Read these tips before your next event to make sure you aren’t being remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Taking care of us, our pets, and our money.
Having one of these three abilities can land you a job albeit not always a high paying one. In These are the top 10 most in-demand jobs in the US — and here’s how much they pay, CNBC’s Shawn Carter gives us the scoop on the jobs that employers are looking to fill.
How do the other 2 out of 3 stay awake?
Moneyish reported in January that 1 in 3 young Americans spent more on coffee last year than they invested. Vacations and holiday gifts were also a priority over investing for more than one-third of those responding to a survey by money app, Acorn, writes Moneyish contributor Catey Hill. Caffeine or compound interest? Admittedly, it can be a tough call.
Maybe your boss doesn’t read Inc.
Or, maybe the problem is bigger than one article could solve. In Why You Are Unhappy at Work, Sean Silverthorne shares a collection of thoughts and commentary for Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge readers. Silverthorne cites a Mind the Workplace report indicating that 71% of American workers are hunting for new jobs. Fair pay and recognition can keep your staff in the happy 29%.
Wow. Londoners are tough.
That’s the message of this week’s best global ad. And, in the Olympic spirit, we’re bringing Nike’s take on London’s most and least popular sports to today’s post.