*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*May 17, 2021*
*Title:* Identifying the Policy Levers Generating Wage Suppression and Wage Inequality
*Source:* Economic Policy Institute
*Author:* Lawrence Mishel and Josh Bivens
*Date:* May 13, 2021
*Summary:* This paper presents evidence that the divorce between the growth of median compensation and productivity, the inequality of compensation, and the erosion of labor’s share of income has been generated primarily through intentional policy decisions designed to suppress typical workers’ wage growth, the failure to improve and update existing policies, and the failure to thwart new corporate practices and structures aimed at wage suppression.
*Title:* Unemployment Pay May Again Require a Job Search. Is It Too Soon?
*Source:* The New York Times
*Author:* Sydney Ember
*Date:* May 16, 2021
*Summary:* The requirement, eased because of the pandemic, is being reimposed. Some say it presents an undue hardship.
*Title:* Auto Workers at Virginia Volvo Plant Reject Tentative Deal
*Source:* Associated Press
*Author:* Associated Press
*Date:* May 17, 2021
*Summary:* Union employees at a Volvo plant in Virginia have rejected a tentative labor agreement, the United Auto Workers said Sunday.
*Title:* How the Pandemic is Changing the Labor Market
*Author:* Patrick W. Watson
*Date:* May 14, 2021
*Summary:* When it comes to the US jobs situation, the “One of these things is not like the others” song from *Sesame Street* comes to mind. We have two competing narratives. Official data says millions are unemployed and seeking work. At the same time, businesses say they can’t find enough workers. A skills mismatch between the workers who need jobs and the job openings themselves isn’t unusual. But many of today’s available jobs don’t require advanced education.
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