Employment

Business • Jobs & Careers
Eli Lilly CFO resigns after 'inappropriate' communications with employees
Eli Lilly and Company logo
Eli Lilly and Company logo Credit: Eli Lilly and Company

On Tuesday, Eli Lilly announced that Josh Smiley, its Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, has resigned after an investigation revealed "inappropriate personal communications" with employees. The pharmaceutical company said an independent investigation was recently launched after being "made aware of allegations of an inappropriate personal relationship" between Smiley and an employee.

"That investigation revealed consensual though inappropriate personal communications between Mr Smiley and certain Lilly employees and behaviour that Lilly leadership concluded exhibited poor judgment by Mr Smiley," the company announced in a press release.

Law
German employer receives €10,4 million fine for video surveillance of employees

The State Commissioner for Data Protection (LfD) of Lower Saxony Barbara Thiel has imposed a fine of 10.4 million euros on the electronics retailer notebooksbilliger.de (NBB). In addition, the company had cooperated closely with the LfD in the proceedings, which had been ongoing since 2017, "in order to ensure full compliance with the GDPR, also from the point of view of the authority". According to surveys from 2018, the company notebooksbilliger.de from the small town of Sarstedt in Lower Saxony is the online electronics retailer with the highest turnover in Germany, ahead of Mediamarkt.de, Saturn.de or Alternate.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Austrian job offensive to bring 100,000 nursing staff by 2030
Austrian job offensive to bring 100,000 nursing staff by 2030
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The federal government of Austria has launched a job offensive together with the Public Employment Service (AMS), as Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) and Labor Minister Christine Aschbacher (ÖVP) explained at a press conference on Monday.

Anschober stated that "our goal is to gradually gain 100,000 new employees by 2030". One way to achieve the needed increase personnel will be through through retraining of people from other professions.

Regional News • Americas • United States
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board alleges that Google illegally spied on workers before firing them
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board alleges that Google illegally spied on workers before firing them
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According to a complaint to be filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Tuesday, Google violated US labor laws by spying on workers who were organizing employee protests, then firing two of them.

Regional News • Oceania
Qantas lays off 2,000 more employees
Qantas lays off 2,000 more employees
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All of Qantas' ground handling staff will be outsourced, laying off 2,000 employees to save the company more than $100 million a year.

Around 8,500 positions have been ditched by Qantas since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis.

The Transport Workers' Union criticized the move by Qantas, despite a bid by the 2,000 workers to keep their jobs.

“This is a dark day as Qantas management rejects a thorough and competitive bid by its highly skilled and dedicated workers to keep their own jobs,” said TWU national secretary Michael Kaine.

Business • Jobs & Careers
German labor union IG Metall calls for 4-day work week
German labor union IG Metall calls for 4-day work week
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The largest labor union in Germany, the IG Metall who represents workers from industrial jobs such as car manufacturing and is the largest industrial union in Europe, has called for a four day work week.

The transformation to electric mobility, further automation, and digitization could lead to future cuts in the workforce of the German automotive companies, fueled by the Covid-19 recession. According to the union chairman Jörg Hoffmann, a four day work week could be the answer to structural changes in the automotive industry in order to prevent future job cuts.

Major German companies such as Daimer and Bosch have already made agreements to reduce working hours in order to retain specialists but cut costs at the same time.