Today’s News & Commentary — January 8, 2018

Published January 8th, 2018 -  - 01.08.1819


The Boston Globe reports that employers struggling with the tight labor market are seeking out candidates that they may not have previously considered.  For example, Shake Shack is hiring workers who speak little English; Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is placing those with criminal backgrounds; CVS is recruiting workers with disabilities; and others are lowering education and experience requirements.  While employers have faced some challenges, they have also found that many formerly “‘hard-to-employ’ people make excellent workers.”

Today, President Trump is in Nashville, Tennessee speaking at the Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention, where he will be the first president to attend in 25 years.  The New York Times published a story stating that although farmers helped elect Trump to the White House, Trump Administration policies—particularly tax and trade policies—could hurt the farm industry.

As consumer preferences and behavior change to match the explosion in online shopping, “[retail] employees are trying to deliver the kind of customer service the internet can’t match,” reports the Associated Press as part of its Future of Work series.  Last year, 66,500 retail jobs disappeared in the United States, and as many as 60 percent of the remaining jobs will involve changed duties over the next decade.

Associate Professor Sara L. Maurer penned an op-ed in the Chronicle Review arguing against recent criticism of the #MeToo movement.  Maurer suggests that the #MeToo movement is about the extra labor that women must do in order to manage harassment in the workplace—labor that men do not share.  “The #MeToo movement is one more wave in a long line of feminist calls for careful attention to how women spend their time and energy each day, and one more reminder that women’s expenditures should not be significantly larger than men’s.”

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