Employers continue to face pressure to raise wages in a tight labor market
May 6, 2022

Employers continue to face pressure to raise wages in a tight labor market

Workers are continuing to flex their bargaining power in a tight labor market. Average hourly earnings were up 5.6% in March, compared to a year ago. Employers are giving raises and boosting starting salaries to retain and attract workers. Plus, Fidelity Investments' plan to allow investors to invest in cryptocurrency as part of retirement accounts is facing questions from lawmakers, including Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Businesses that provide medication abortions are facing new demand and challenges amid the leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Crypto in your 401(k)? Fidelity's plan now faces questions from senators

May 6, 2022
Fidelity Investments says it will allow employers to add bitcoin to retirement portfolios, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among those critical of the decision.
While a 401(k) that includes cryptocurrency may pique the interest of younger investors, the volatility of bitcoin worries some financial advisors.
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As employers compete for scarce workers, some employees are winning big wage gains

May 6, 2022
On average, wages aren't rising as fast as inflation. But not all workers are getting average raises.
New data show that hourly wages are up by 5.6 percent on average as of March, but employees are demanding more from employers in a strong labor market.
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