– Huffington Post
The modern workplace in many industries is no longer a traditional brick-and-mortar company owned and operated by a single employer. Instead, different job functions are accounted for by layers of temp workers, contractors and subcontractors. As a result, the employment relationship has “fissured” apart.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., working with two financial-technology startups, will allow its 1.5 million-strong U.S. workforce to draw on their salary ahead of payday — or squirrel some of it away for a rainy day. The world’s biggest retailer has unveiled financial-planning tools designed by Even Responsible Finance Inc. and PayActiv Inc., a move that lets its employees access earned wages ahead of scheduled paychecks and avoid bounced checks or payday lenders.
– The New York Times
Workers increasingly may turn to third party groups and/or the government agencies rather then their own HR departments to resolve sexual harrassment complaints if this perception takes hold – “H.R.’s client is the company, which means that H.R. is supposed to protect the company’s interests,” says a discrimination attorney in this New York Times piece.
America invented the three-digit credit score. Now companies in China are taking the idea to the extreme, using big data to track and rank what you do – your purchases and consumer activity, your pastimes, your mistakes.