On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast:Pay raises coming?
Money and tech reporter Michelle Shen has some good news. Plus, a winter storm slams half the country, NOW reporter Gabriela Miranda tells us how to reuse N95 or KN95 masks, tensions continue with Russia and Novak Djokovic’s visa is revoked again in Australia.
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Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 14th of January, 2022. Today, pay raises coming, plus Russia’s latest demands and more.
Here are some of the top headlines:
The Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of President Joe Biden’s vaccine-or-testing requirements on employers. It’s the second time the court has undone a Biden pandemic policy continuing to rule that federal officials are exceeding the power given to them by Congress.
A number of government websites in Ukraine are down today after a hacking attack. It’s not immediately clear who is behind the attack, but it comes amid heightened tensions with Russia.
And North Korea has fired fresh short-range ballistic missiles in its third weapons launched this month. The move is an apparent response to the latest sanctions from the Biden administration on the country.
There’s a tight labor market in the US right now, and the continuation of what some economists have dubbed the great resignation with heaps of Americans changing or quitting jobs. With that, some power is shifting back to workers, and Money and Tech Reporter Michelle Shen tells us that pay raises are coming in 2022.
This survey looked at over like a thousand US companies and it compared the salary boost that they were projecting in June of 2021 to the salary projections that they were expecting for October, November. And basically what they saw is that a bunch of employers are planning to boost the projected salary increases of their employees. So, basically that means that like most people are getting higher salary increases than expected. And sort of the reason that they found as part of the survey was that the labor market is super tight. It’s really, really hard to retain talent and a lot of people are looking for jobs elsewhere. So, this is just one factor to keep talent within the company.
I think people are looking for a lot of different things. I spoke with some of the people quoted in the article who conducted the survey, and they said that flexibility was a huge draw for people and better benefits, and more pay. But in general, the largest like pin-point that employees had was the amount that they were compensated. And so, I think, if there’s this other job out there that pays more, a lot of employees might be considering that, which is why employers are thinking of boosting salary to remain more competitive.
There was actually another survey that I included in the article that was done by Credit Karma and it found that 22%, like nearly a quarter of respondents, are searching for a new job. And it seems like a lot of people are planning to quit their current job in 2022 and they’re like actively in the job search process.
And so, it does make sense that employers are offering these sorts of raises and it’s not just this study shows that. It’s other independent studies that have also like corroborated the fact that people are searching for new jobs.
Check out Michelle’s full story in today’s episode description.
A major winter storm is set to slam tens of millions of people over the next few days. The weather channel has named the storm winter storm Izzy, and says it could affect travel from the Dakotas to Georgia and up to Maine. First up, the Great Plains will get snow today with up to a foot expected in parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota. The storm will then move east into the weekend. Other cities in the path today include Des Moines, Kansas city, and St. Louis. Things will then move east as the South is expected to get severe ice storms and more snow will head to the Northeast by Monday.
Health experts continue to urge people to swap their cloth masks for either an N95 or KN95 mask. But the masks are expensive and not always easy to find. So now reporter Gabriela Miranda explains how you can reuse them, even though they were created for single use.
So, they are reusable. The CDC recommends you only reuse them up to five times, but certain health experts say that you can really expand that kind of reusable time length, if you store them in a brown bag, just to keep them away from like your purse or like surfaces, where it could pick up germs. a=And you could store them outside in the heat, even in the oven, some people do, just to like eliminate the germs also. They can be up in the oven up to like 158 degrees Fahrenheit, for 60 minutes the CDC says, and that’s a way to sanitize them and store them overnight or just for a little bit.
But yeah, you can use them up to five times. People recommend you just get like a pack of five masks, so you can swap them out and rotate them. And that way they last a little bit longer.
Health experts in the CDC said that there’s no spray that they know of so far and they recommend that you don’t use soap or water because it could get in the filters or behind the layers, and that’s not a good way. But they said just like putting it in heat is the best way. I wish there was a spray. I feel like the spray would be easier, but so far there’s no spray.
Check out the full story in today’s episode description.
Russia today strongly repeated its demand that NATO not expand eastward and not welcome Ukraine to the alliance. The country continues to sit troops on Ukraine’s border with little progress during talks this week with Western leaders to try and ease tensions. And in a TV interview this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov neither confirmed nor denied the possibility of setting up Russian military infrastructure somewhere in the Western hemisphere, like Venezuela.
US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, shrugged off any immediate concerns about those comments.
I’m not going to respond to bluster in the public commentary that wasn’t raised in discussions at the strategic stability dialogue. If Russia were to move in that direction, we would deal with it decisively. It’s hard for me to characterize where things stand on the diplomacy because we’ve come through these four days. We need to sit and consult with allies and partners. Wendy Sherman is just getting off a plane. She may have gotten off the plane in the last few hours. We’ll take stock of where we are, we’ll consult, and then we’ll determine next steps. The Russians will have to do the same. And all I can tell you is, as far as we’re concerned, we are ready to move forward on diplomacy and we are ready to go down the other path. And both of those, in my view, that question of which path, is one that is facing us now, it’s not facing us a year from now or five years from now. It’s facing us in the foreseeable future.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov reiterated today that Moscow’s NATO demands are essential for diplomatic efforts in the region.
Tennis star Novak Djokovic is again facing deportation from Australia. The government there has revoked his visa for a second time in an ongoing drama because he chose not to get vaccinated for COVID-19, a violation of Australia’s border rules. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said earlier today that he used his ministerial discretion to cancel the visa for what he called the public interest, just three days before play begins at the Australian Open. Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, echoed those sentiments.
The vast majority of Australians didn’t like the idea that another individual, whether they’re a tennis player or the King of Spain or the Queen of England, can come up here and have a different set of rules to what everybody else has to deal with. Whether they agree with the rules or not, they believe they should abide by the rules.
Djokovic’s lawyers are expected to again, appeal, which they did last week on procedural grounds after his visa was first canceled when he arrived in Melbourne.
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