An employer that really wants you will give you as much time — within reason — as is necessary to decide. If they are unable to speed up the process, or if the company who made the offer is unwilling to extend the deadline, you need to make a thoughtful decision about what to do. Just because Mike’s friend had a bad experience during the interview and may doubt the strength of the company, it doesn’t mean Mike’s experience will be the same. Don’t say, “The salary is a bit low. This may involve an uncomfortable silence, but it’s worth the momentary awkwardness. Ask yourself what advantages and disadvantages the potential job has for important areas in your life. Recruiters know what the market demands and might be able to go back to the employer and say that your salary figure is reasonable. Employers can choose to rescind the initial offer if you do not accept it. Or, a software company might pay its programmers above market because their skills are so scarce.
The updates reflect the needs of the modern workforce, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said, and are designed to lift the country’s struggling breadwinners. Opponents of both measures say they overburden businesses and could threaten jobs. To build a 21st-century workplace that is globally competitive, Jarrett said, employers must adopt 21st-century workplace policies. The paid sick leave mandate, which will affect only government-solicited contracts, will reach about 1.1 million workers, allowing them to accrue up to seven days of compensated time-off each year, according to the Department of Labor. Eligible employees would earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 they work. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said families who lose a day or two of wages risk slipping into poverty. It’s the difference between food on the table, he said, and gas in the tank. discover thisThe measure comes a year after President Obama first signed an executive order compelling federal contractors to provide paid sick leave and seven months after the Labor Department released a draft of the directive. Perez said the White House will keep pushing to open the benefit to all workers. Paid sick leave is not simply a family imperative, he said. It’s an economic imperative and a public health imperative. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, meanwhile, will begin collecting summary pay data from employers with more than 100 workers, requesting information about employee compensation by sex, race, ethnicity and job category. The requirement, first proposed in January, adds a task to paperwork such companies file annually with the government, said EEOC Chair Jenny Yang. Pay discrimination often goes undetected because of a lack of information about how people are paid, she said.
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