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Amazon must comply with U.S. agency's pregnancy bias probe, judge rules

A New York federal judge has ordered to comply with a subpoena from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in an investigation into claims of pregnancy discrimination against warehouse workers. The EEOC is seeking data on accommodations requested by pregnant workers at five U.S. warehouses and whether Amazon granted or denied them. The judge rejected Amazon's claims that the subpoena was too broad and gave the company until August 9 to comply. Amazon has previously faced complaints of pregnancy discrimination and requiring pregnant and disabled workers to take unpaid leaves of absence. The EEOC launched its probe last year and issued the subpoena to gather necessary information.

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Labour to hold bad employers accountable, says TUC chief

Labour will hold bad employers accountable for their actions, according to Paul Nowak, head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Nowak argues that despite intense lobbying from UK corporations, he expects the King's Speech this week to demonstrate to bosses that Labour's fundamental transformation of workers' rights is proceeding as scheduled. Businesses should be afraid of the changes, according to Nowak, but only if they are among the bad actors. "To good employers, there's nothing to worry about, to bad employers, then I'm sorry," the union leader said. The Labour Party's New Deal for Working People is a set of policies aimed at improving workers' rights. These include raising the minimum wage, prohibiting "fire and rehire" tactics, terminating zero-hour contracts, and providing protection against wrongful termination from day one. While employers and unions have expressed reservations about the proposals, Labour plans to introduce an employment rights bill within its first 100 days in office.

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Campaigners push for four-day working week in UK

A campaign has been launched in the hope that the new Labour government will be receptive to the idea of a four-day working week. The 4 Day Week Campaign and Timewise have partnered to launch a second four-day week pilot in the UK, with research support from the University of Cambridge, Boston College, and the Autonomy Institute. The pilot project aims to persuade the government to consider changes in how people work. The campaign for a four-day working week, with no loss of pay, has gained momentum in recent years. The latest trial will also explore other flexible working policies. Advocates argue that the five-day nine-to-five is outdated and no longer fit for purpose. The campaign is pushing for a four-day, 32-hour working week with no loss of pay. Studies suggest that a shorter work week can lead to increased productivity and better work-life balance.

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Employers have confidence about graduate business programs

A recent global poll from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) suggests that employers have strong confidence in business schools and their graduates. Recruiters are planning to steadily hire or even expand MBA hiring in 2024, with a third expecting to hire more MBAs than last year. The most sought-after skills by employers are problem-solving and strategic thinking, followed by the anticipated growth in importance of AI skills. Consulting, finance, and data analytics are projected to see the most hiring growth in 2024, with employers in Asia showing the strongest hiring intentions. The survey also highlights the preference for in-person programs over online programs, with employers believing that in-person programs impart stronger technical, leadership, and communication skills. "This year's Corporate Recruiters Survey affirms that graduate business programs continue to be uniquely positioned—and trusted for their ability—to develop business talent with increasingly relevant and cutting-edge skills, who are equipped to tackle new and perennial challenges with a balance of tech and human understanding," observed Joy Jones, CEO of GMAC.

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