April 24, 2021

Employees

Business groups see climate change as major focus for employees

BOSTON (SHNS) – As workers are given more leeway to bring their personal causes and beliefs into the workplace, companies can use their own engagement around issues like climate change to help recruit and retain employees and particularly younger employees.

That was the message Thursday from Ali Armstrong Sherwood, associate director of partnerships at the Trustees, and Kalila Barnett, climate resilience program officer at the Barr Foundation, who spoke as part of Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s “City Awake” series focused on issues of importance to young professionals.

“Folks are paying

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Kansas City-area restaurants struggle to hire employees as business picks up

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Restaurants in the Kansas City area are having a hard time hiring employees after being forced to close and down-size because of the pandemic.

Megan and Colby Garrelts own Rye Leawood and Rye Plaza. Megan Garrelts said the restaurant business is dealing with an unprecedented challenge to find workers.

“In the 18 years of owning restaurants in the Kansas City area this is by and large the hardest time we’ve ever had trying to find staff,” Garrelts said.

Between added to-go business, outdoor patio seats and people getting vaccinated, Garrelts said both locations are getting back

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Another arrest made in insurance scam involving several Miami-Dade school bus employees

MIAMI – Last summer Local 10 News reported on about a dozen current and former Miami-Dade school bus employees who allegedly filed fraudulent insurance claims totaling almost half a million dollars.

Investigators said it was under the direction of a ringleader, identified as Shanequa Latoya Veal.

On Monday there was another arrest in this case; 43-year-old Ebony Peters Willis.

An arrest report states investigators caught Peters Willis conspiring with the same alleged ringleader, Veal, with the same actions; filing multiple insurance claims for “nonexistent dependents” where she received payouts of nearly $24,000.

The report said Peters Willis listed children as

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Albuquerque businesses coming up short on employees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Local businesses say despite job fairs and posting ‘help wanted’ signs, they’re having trouble finding workers – so are relief checks keeping workers home? Companies like Garcia’s Kitchen say the good news is that business is picking up, but without staff, it’s hard to keep up.

“It’s been a big struggle,” said Dan Garcia, co-owner of Garcia’s Kitchen. “We hire people and they don’t show up to work, or they come into work, they work for a day or two and then they’re gone.”

Other companies

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Share of black employees in senior US finance roles falls despite diversity efforts

Black employees held a lower share of top US financial services jobs in 2018 than they did more than a decade earlier, according to new research by the Financial Times, underlining the shortcomings of Wall Street’s long-running efforts to improve racial diversity.

The FT analysed the most recently available anonymised data on the demographics of 3.6m staff across 13,000 financial services employers in the US from 2007 to 2018. All companies with more than 100 staff were required to submit the information to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 2007. 

Black staff account for 13 per cent of all finance

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Blizzard fires 50 employees in live events as pandemic roils business

(Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc unit Blizzard has fired about 50 workers engaged in running live events, a company spokesman said on Tuesday, as the COVID-19 pandemic clamped down on gatherings.

Video game developers and entertainment firms typically host numerous live events every year that attract thousands. Over the last year, however, the health crisis has forced them to cancel, postpone or host them virtually, causing their advertising and on-premise revenue to take a knock.

“The esports team, much like traditional sports, entertainment, and broadcasting industries, has had to adapt its business due to the impact the pandemic has had

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