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A study by researchers at the Hebrew University (HU) of Jerusalem and Princeton University in the United States challenges the belief that employees who express anger in the workplace are thought by their bosses to be competent and hold a high status. The study, titled "Anger at Work," conducted four robust studies and found that employers and colleagues view anger as inappropriate, cold, an overreaction, and counter-instrumental for workplace goals. The research also challenges the notion that women's anger is perceived differently from men's anger in the workplace. The findings suggest that anger is not a catalyst for higher status and is regarded more poorly than other emotional expressions, and highlight that anger may not serve or promote an individual's status in the workplace, regardless of gender. “We found that anger isn't a catalyst for higher status in the workplace,” said Dr. Roni Porat, a senior lecturer at HU's political science and international relations departments who conducted the study along with Elizabeth Levy Paluck of Princeton. “Moreover, we found that anger is regarded more poorly than other emotional expressions like sadness. The only instance in which anger is considered positive is when expressed in response to another person's clear wrongdoing. These findings hold for both men and women expressing anger in the workplace.”Full Issue
People changing jobs are experiencing smaller pay increases, as companies no longer offer big pay rises to attract talent. Hays, one of Britain's largest recruiters, said that while pay increases of 20% for job changes were “commonplace” two years ago, a rate of around 5% is now more likely. The firm said a global slowdown in hiring has been deepened by this trend, because workers are less willing to move without a significant pay rise. James Hilton, Hays’ finance director, said: “In the great resignation, employers were screaming out for talent and were prepared to pay accordingly . . . [but] We’re now at much more normal levels of pay increases for changing jobs.” Dirk Hahn, Hays’ chief executive, added that many workers were “happy just having a job” amid reductions at some firms.Full Issue
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released four new resources to help students with disabilities, their families, and schools understand the civil rights protections guaranteed to students with asthma, diabetes, food allergies, and gastroesophageal reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux. The resources explain how these medical conditions can impact a student’s school experience, how the conditions could require protections for students under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the options for parents and students if they believe schools aren’t meeting their federal legal obligations. Additionally, OCR shared updated statistics showing there were 8.4m students with disabilities who comprised 17% of the nation’s pre-K-12 student population in 2020-21. About 3%, or 1.6m, of the total student population were students with disabilities who received supports and services under only Section 504 that school year.Full Issue
The IRS will be conducting audits on businesses' private jets to ensure that executives are not abusing tax deductions. The audits will focus on large corporations and high-income taxpayers, examining whether the tax purpose of the jet use is properly allocated. IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel emphasized the importance of everyone playing by the same rules during tax season. The audits aim to prevent high-income groups from evading their tax responsibilities. Currently, there are over 10,000 corporate jets in the U.S., many of which can be fully deducted. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allowed for 100% bonus depreciation and expensing of private jets, which further incentivized taxpayers to write off the cost of aircraft. The IRS plans to use resources from the Inflation Reduction Act to closely examine private jet usage. The audits may increase in the future depending on the initial results and the IRS's hiring of more examiners. Mr. Werfel stated that while not everyone is evading taxes, there is still work to be done to ensure tax compliance.Full Issue
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New Westminster legislation to exonerate sub-postmasters caught up in the Horizon IT scandal will not apply in Scotland, the UK Government has said. Post Office minister Kevin Hollinrake stated that it would be up to the Scottish Parliament to pass appropriate legislation as prosecutions north of the border were undertaken by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Humza Yousaf previously promised to clear the name of all those affected by the dodgy software in Scotland, saying that his preference would be to pass a Legislative Consent Motion to allow the UK Government's legal fix to apply north of the border. However, Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC undermined that commitment, telling MSPs that there would be no quick solution and that it was "imperative that due process is followed." She said the "right process" for people to clear their names was through the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) and the High Court of Appeal. Speaking at First Minister's Questions last month, Mr Yousaf did say that the Scottish Government was "already working on contingencies around separate Scottish legislation if that is required".Full Issue
Legal professionals expect generative artificial intelligence (AI) to drive the hiring of more technologists, according to a survey conducted by LexisNexis. The survey reveals that nearly 90% of law firms surveyed anticipate their generative AI budgets to grow over the next five years. While interest in the technology is widespread, the level of investment varies across organizations. The top three uses for generative AI in law firms are legal research, summarizing documents, and drafting documents. Corporate legal departments are also embracing the technology, with contract analytics, summarizing documents, and drafting documents being the top use cases. The survey also highlights the impact of generative AI on jobs, with some organizations expecting to hire more technologists while others anticipate a reduction in associates and partners. Trustworthiness and the quality of current solutions are the primary concerns for organizations considering generative AI adoption. Developing policies for use is also a focus for many organizations.Full Issue
The European Union's new Anti-Money Laundering Authority (AMLA) will be based in Frankfurt, the Belgian Presidency of the EU has confirmed. Officials said the AMLA, which will have more than 400 staff and will start operations in mid-2025, will play a key role in fighting illicit financial activities, money laundering and terrorism financing in the bloc. Co-rapporteurs Emil Radev and Eva Maria Poptcheva said the authority “will be a game-changer in cracking down on dirty money in the EU.” They added: “It will supervise the riskiest financial entities, oversee the non-financial sector, and play a crucial role in stopping evaders from circumventing targeted financial sanctions."Full Issue