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July 12, 2018

Uber's head of human resources resigns, wellness at work, and rolling background checks.

Uber HR Chief Resigns

Axios

Uber's head of human resources, Liane Hornsey, has resigned from the company. Her departure comes amidst complaints about Hornsey's handling of allegations of race-based discrimination. Hornsey joined Uber in early 2017 shortly before the company entered a long period of controversies over its workplace culture, which led to then-CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation a year ago.

Are Rolling Background Checks in Your Future?

Bloomberg

Companies are trying to balance privacy concerns with mounting pressure to do a better job in rooting out workers who might steal, harass or even commit violent acts in the workplace. Healthcare and financial service workers have gone through extra screening for years, but the practice of running periodic checks or continuous checks is spreading to other sectors including manufacturing and retailing within the past 6-12 months.

Paid Family Leave and Social Security

The Hill

Senators Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst have expressed interest in a proposal from the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) that would allow people to opt to get paid family leave through Social Security in exchange for deferring the collection of Social Security retirement benefits for a short time period to offset the cost. The vast majority of the paid leave benefits given to people before Social Security becomes insolvent would be financed by the federal government borrowing money and increasing the debt.

Wellness at Work: 2 Changes to Make Today

LinkedIn

Movement matters. There’s overwhelming evidence that exercising doesn’t just help you stay fit – it also helps you focus better at work and increases your overall happiness. And that doesn't mean running 6 miles a day. Even a 30-minute walk four times a week makes a big difference. Another thing to keep in-mind: working longer doesn’t mean better results. Research from Harvard shows that people who work longer than 50 hours a week are actually less effective than people who work between 35 and 50 hours. The secret is really doing fewer things, better.