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  • So What are You waiting for -

    A Clear and Present Opportunity for Recruiters -

    As a recruiting practitioner and trainer, I am on the email lists of many trainers and industry resources. I received a number of very sincere messages lately that I believe are intended to encourage us in the face of our current economic conditions and

  • Strategic vs Transactional HR - Is Your HR Function Really Supporting Your Business?

     “Strategic vs Transactional HR – Is Your HR Function Really Supporting Your Business?”

    Today’s HR function must be able to adapt to the needs of the business environment.  Lagging HR functions can hold businesses back from being competitive.

  • It's the Height of Audacity to Claim a Skilled Worker "Shortage" When 20% of American Skilled Craft Workers Are Unemployed

    skilled workers unempledIn a new World of Work Insight Paper Titled: "Strategic Migration – a Short-Term Solution to the Skilled Trades Shortage," Manpower warns that as the global economy recovers, it is necessary to implement strategic migration policies in order to create a mobile workforce and plug the gap of skilled workers

  • Tidbit 11 - Search MySpace

    Carol MartinThe most effective way to search MySpace is Site:Search. Again, we will be tapping into the Public Profile. MySpace will not have the candidate information like LinkedIn, but searching for specific titles and companies can surface valuable contacts. Another advantage, an email can be sent to most MySpace members. Membership is required. It is not necessary to add extensive information, just the basics.                

  • HR key to making IT Revolution 2.0 work

    In 1966, British physicist-novelist-Cabinet officer Sir Charles P. Snow predicted information technology would represent the biggest technological revolution known to mankind. As the decades passed and the prediction proved to be accurate, there was tremendous excitement about the potential for once unimaginable productivity. By the 1990s, however, many experts were not talking about skyrocketing productivity.

  • Understanding Performance vs. Potential

    Every June, Major League Baseball drafts (selects) 1500 players from high schools and colleges across the US and Puerto Rico. It is important to understand that this player pool of 1500 is a very select group as it represents an extremely small percentage of the total population of players who play high school and college baseball.

     

  • Desk Building… Using the classic technique, THE CONCEPT OF INVERTED CONES

    altThe phone rings.

    I answer.

    The stressed voice at the other end sounds a little bit tired. 

  • New NLRA posting and obligation requirement for Federal Contractors

    Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS)

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 13496: NOTIFICATION OF EMPLOYEE RIGHTS UNDER FEDERAL LABOR LAWS

    Federal contractors and subcontractors are required to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the primary law governing relations between unions and employers in the private sector. See 29 CFR Part 471.

  • Independent Contractor (Self-Employed) or Employee? Information to avoid Misclassification

    It is critical that you, the business owner, correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee.

  • New Posting Requirement Regarding NLRA Rights Will Have a Major Impact on Construction Contractors: Will You Be Prepared?

    A new federal law will require certain federal contractors and subcontractors, including many in the construction industry, to post in the workplace a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), including their right to form and join labor unions.

  • Staffing firm who denied a man a Job Because of Murder Conviction loses Discrimination Lawsuit

    prisonerSettlement Reached in Ex-Offender Employment Discrimination Case

    Integrity Staffing Solutions, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Berger & Montague, P.C. jointly announce the successful resolution of a claim brought by Al Dunn, an African-American job applicant who alleged that he was denied a job with Integrity Staffing Solutions at its Allentown facility due to a 30-year old criminal conviction for involuntary manslaughter.

  • California Supreme Court Set To Address Workers’ Meal And Rest Break Rights

    The California Supreme Court is expected to render a decision in the Brinker v. Superior Court case later this year that will answer critical legal questions about the meal and rest break rights of hourly workers in California.  At issue in the case is when and under what circumstances workers are entitled under California law to rest and meal breaks.

  • Job Satisfaction Report - Facebook Employees most satisfied, IBM employees tend stay

    PayScale, Inc., the world's largest real-time salary data provider, today announced its Technology Company Salary and Job Satisfaction Report.

    Using PayScale.com’s extensive database, the company examined the characteristics of the following large/well-known tech companies (excluding retail workers): Amazon, Apple, Dell, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel and Microsoft. These characteristics include:

  • New Strategic Plan by US DOL Includes Identification of Independent Contractor Misclassification As A Targeted Objective

    On September 30, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor released its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2011 – 2016.  Among the goals listed by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is to identify and deter the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  

    The Strategic Plan states in part as follows:

  • 95$ Million award to women who was hit on head with boss's penis

    A woman has been awarded $95 million in compensation in a sexual harassment case against her former employers.

    Ashley Alford, in her mid 20s, won the award from her former employers Aaron's of St Louis after a manager allegedly attacked her in a stockroom, lifting her shirt and masturbating over her while holding her down.

  • Questions: Fuel for Creativity

    On the first day of “Psychology of Behavior in Organizations,” the professor asked our doctoral cohort to reflect, in writing, on the question “How do you learn?” I answered very quickly: “I learn,” I wrote, “by asking questions.”

  • Call Back, On Call, or Stand By Time - when do employers have to pay?

    An employer is obligated to pay the wages of an hourly employee for all time that the employee is under the control of the employer, and includes all the time the employee is suffered or permitted to work, whether or not required to do so. 

  • Number Range Zip Code Searches in Google - aka Numrange

    All the major search engines offer us an array of advanced features we can use under certain circumstances to zero in on the type of data we are seeking. One lesser known and surely under utilized technique that Google offers us is the ability to do a number range search. They call it numrange. Unfortunately this only works in Google and not Live or Yahoo at this time.

  • Employee Retention Strategies and Ideas

    William Bliss All companies, regardless of size, are struggling with how to keep employees from leaving for more money or better opportunities. Studies consistently show that even though employees may say they are leaving for more money, when those same employees are asked several months later why they really left the money factor is about 5th or 6th on the list.

     

  • Are Video Resumes for You?

     Video resumes offer a new way to get your foot in the door with a growing number of employers today. But are they working for you, the talent?

    Video resumes are short videos of the candidate basically selling themselves to employers.

  • The Hard Cost of Cheap Labor

    Clean Up on Aisle 7 -

    Here, where I live, there is a rising anti Walmart force. See, Walmart has decided to build one of their Over – Megasized “supercenters” in our tiny little small town, and though

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  • IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT EVER TO BE ZERO

    ‘Unemployment’ is an emotional ‘trigger’ word.  It conjures up negative thoughts.  But it is important to realize that, while we want everyone who wants a job to have the opportunity to work, unemployment can never be zero and, in fact, can be disruptive to an economy if it gets too close to zero.  Very low unemployment can actually hurt the economy by creating an upward pressure on wages which invariably leads to higher production costs and prices.  This can lead to inflation.  A healthy economy will always include some percentage of unemployment.  The debate is waged on what is the optimum, acceptable unemployment rate.

  • Are Your Recruiters Exempt or Non-Exempt? Recent Court Cases Scrutinize Staffing Industry Classification Practices

    Recently, a California appeals court sent shockwaves through the staffing industry when it ruled in Pellegrino v. Robert Half International, Inc., No. G039985,1 that staffing firm recruiters are not overtime-exempt administrative employees under California law. Since many staffing firms classify their recruiters as exempt administrative employees, there was concern that this decision could have a sweeping effect on staffing industry overtime classification practices.

  • Strategic vs Transactional HR – Is Your HR Function Really Supporting Your Business?

    Today’s HR function must be able to adapt to the needs of the business environment.  Lagging HR functions can hold businesses back from being competitive.

  • Gender-Based Wage Gap Persists, Experts Agree at EEOC Forum

    Panels of Speakers and Informational Fair Commemorate Equal Pay Day at Agency

    WASHINGTON—Gender-based wage discrimination remains a problem today and a percentage of the wage discrepancy cannot be explained by non-discriminatory factors, said government and private experts at a public forum held today at the headquarters of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

  • What Does Climbing the St. Louis Arch have to do with Proving Discrimination?

    Learning discrimination law basics from a classic civil rights story.

    Discrimination laws apply to recruiters, and their actions on behalf of clients. In this article I explain how courts analyze claims of discrimination. In doing so, I hope to help recruiters better understand the risks of employment discrimination litigation and how to best reduce those risks.

  • Successful Integration of Merged Organizations

    In today's fast-paced business environment, there have been a large number of mergers, acquisitions and other forms of major organizational change. Lately, hardly a day goes by that yet another merger or acquisition has been announced in the news. These happen to large companies as well as small companies.

  • The happiest and Unhappiest Jobs in America

    smileyfaces1CareerBliss.com just released its new list of the Happiest  and Unappiest Jobs In America, based on analysis from more than 100,400 employee-generated reviews between February 2011 and January 2012. Here are the top 20 for each

  • 10 Million Jobs in 10 Months: A Test of America's Resolve or Only China Can Do It?

    Is the American spirit still alive and can we do it?   Or should we admit that our time has come and gone and it is now China's turn for spectacular achievements?

    National Malaise

    I know that our current national malaise -- a result of our current, bitter political climate mixed with a strong dose of corporate greed and recklessness -- does not leave a lot of room for this sort of discussion. 

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Growth in women's share of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) occupations declined to 27% in 2011from a high of 34% in 1990. While women make up nearly half of the workforce, they were 26% of the STEM workforce in 2011.

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