1. On July 24, the federal minimum wage will take the second step of its three-step increase. It will rise from its current $5.85 per hour to:
a. $6.55 b. $6.75 c. $6.85
2. What’s the No. 1 reason employees say they go to work when they’re sick?
a. Saving my sick days for child care or elder care emergencies
b. Other people depending on me at work
c. Too much work to do
3. Percentage of CEOs and HR compensation execs who say their organizations are freezing (or considering freezing) base salaries due to the economic downturn:
a. 11% b. 24% c. 30%
4. The three most common types of job discrimination complaints filed by U.S. employees (in order) are:
a. Age, sex, race
b. Race, retaliation, sex
c. Race, age, retaliation
5. States with the highest (first) and lowest (second) unemployment rates in the United States:
a. Michigan, South Dakota
b. Alaska, Nebraska
c. California, New Mexico
6. Number of states that didn’t pass any new labor or employment laws in 2007:
a. 12 b. 4 c. 0
7. U.S. employees stay with the same employer an average of four years. How does that job tenure rank compared to 16 major European countries?
b. Middle (Italy is first at eight years)
c. Last (Greece is first at 13 years)
8. Congress last month approved the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). How many states already have laws banning employers from using genetic info in hiring, firing or other employment decisions?
a. 17 states
b. 28 states
c. 35 states
9. An employee can file a federal lawsuit as long as the employer has how many employees?
a. 15 or more
b. 20 or more
c. 50 or more
10. Percentage of U.S. workers who say they are open about their political beliefs on the job:
11. A new University of Southern California study found that which gender is more openly tolerant of discrimination?
c. Both equally
12. Percentage of HR professionals who said their organization has a policy:
13. Federal says 15-year-olds are allowed to work up until what time during the summer (June 1 through Labor Day)?
a. 8 p.m.
b. 9 p.m.
c. 10 p.m.
14. State with the highest percentage of employees working at the minimum wage:
Sources: 1. DOL; 2. LifeCare survey; 3. Hay Group survey; 4. EEOC; 5. BLS; 6. Seyfarth Shaw; 7. OECD study; 8. NCSL; 9. EEOC; 10. Vault.com survey; 11. USC survey; 12. Case in Point survey; 13. U.S. Department of Labor; 14. BLS.
Answers: 1. A 2. B 3. C 4. B 5. A 6. B (Ark., Miss., Pa., S.C.) 7. C 8. C 9. B 10. B 11. A 12. C 13. B 14. C
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