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Unfair playing fields, pay gaps drag down everyone’s motivation

Unfair playing fields, pay gaps drag down everyone’s motivation

Science
Sept. 4 (UPI) -- When people are rewarded unequally for the same work, everyone's motivation suffers. According to a new study, published Friday in the journal PLOS One, large disparities in compensation cause workers to feel less happy and, a result, it decreases their desire to work. Advertisement "Here we have shown the psychological impacts of inequality of opportunity, and how it can hurt the productivity and well-being of everyone involved," lead study author Filip Gesiarz, doctoral student in experimental psychology at the University College London, said in a news release. "Our findings may shed light on how psychological mechanisms, apart from structural barriers, can contribute to higher unemployment and lower university application rates of people from disadvantaged backgrounds,...
Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Gaps in federal oversight add to virus woes at vets homes

Health
WASHINGTON -- Big gaps in federal oversight of long-term care facilities for aging veterans may have contributed to rampant coronavirus infections and more than 200 deaths at state-run homes, according to a congressional watchdog agency. The Government Accountability Office found the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failed for years to require robust inspections at over 150 state-run veterans homes nationwide and to make sure all deficiencies were rectified, even as it regularly doled out federal dollars for the care. That could have made a bad situation worse in places like the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, one of 50 veterans homes nationwide where VA is the only federal agency monitoring it, according to GAO. A recent investigation conducted for the state of Massa...
Trump's wall: Mind the gaps

Trump's wall: Mind the gaps

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device "We gotta get outta here!" cries Agent Daniel Hernandez of US Border Patrol.Moments earlier a hurled rock from over the fence whacked the tin roof next to us with an almighty thud. Its target: Agent Hernandez, my camerawoman and yours truly."You gotta limit your exposure when you're there by the International Fence, you know," says Agent Hernandez, once we're safely back in his truck.I do now.We are in southern Arizona at the Nogales Border Crossing checkpoint.While President Trump demands a wall costing several billions of dollars, and the Democrats suggest technology would be better suited to the job, we are being given a whistle-stop tour of some of the tech already in use within Arizona's Tucson...
Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Gender pay gaps at 500 UK firms revealed

Business
The extent of the pay gap between male and female employees at some of the country's biggest firms has been revealed.Government figures show that men are paid nearly 65% more per hour at high street fashion store Phase Eight and nearly 52% more at EasyJet.Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April, and so far 527 firms have done so.Nearly half of the organisations pay men at least one tenth more per hour and 426 of them pay men more, on average, per hour.Thousands more firms, public sector bodies and other organisations are expected to reveal their gender pay gaps in the next few months.EasyJet, which has been reporting on its pay gap since 2015, says the reason for the difference in hourly rate is because its best paid staff tend to be male pilots, while lo...