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2017 Congress Voting Records

Here are the voting records for the First Session, 115th Congress, for members of the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on matters of importance to employees.

Vote (buttons)NTEU compiles voting records detailing how each member of the House and Senate votes on issues affecting federal employees. NTEU only considers how members of Congress voted on issues directly affecting federal workers when compiling these records. This information is also available in NTEU’s Legislative Action Center. Continue reading “2017 Congress Voting Records”

Interest rates on student loans are going up for the second year in a row

Excerpted from LinkedIn Daily Rundown, published May 21, 2018.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)The current rate of 4.45% will rise to 5% for undergraduates. Congress sets a limit for student loan interest rates — 8.25% for undergraduate borrowers and 9.5% for graduate borrowers. Student loan debt accounts for the most consumer debt in the U.S. after mortgages, with about 43 million Americans currently owing almost $1.4 trillion. Here’s what people are saying.

Money may lure millennials to your firm, but it won’t keep them

Excerpt from the LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on May 18, 2018.

Directional signs symbolizing work-life balanceA study from Deloitte found that 43% of millennials surveyed plan to leave their jobs within two years. What’s driving them to the exits? A lack of commitment to diversity, inclusion and flexible work arrangements. The survey found that pay is a key recruiting tool, but it’s not enough to retain these workers. Overall, millennials’ faith in their employers is eroding, with less than half saying they believe their companies behave ethically, a drop from 62% in 2017.

How Google and new moms benefit from generous leave

Excerpt from the LinkedIn Daily Rundown published on May 18, 2018.

Happy Mother’s Day!After the tech giant increased its paid maternity leave benefit from 12 weeks to 18 weeks in 2007, the rate at which new moms quit dropped by 50%, reports Quartz. Some 52% of women in STEM jobs end up leaving their fields, according to research from the Center for Talent Innovation. Google’s experience suggests that generous parental leave can reduce the hefty costs of employee turnover and alleviate some of the challenges women in tech encounter.