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Immigration agency warns employers to expect more raids, audits

02/12/18 at 06:38 PM | by Will Temby

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is putting employers on notice that it will increase Form I-9 audits, conduct more worksite raids and push them to sign up for the government’s voluntary compliance program. ICE has warned that it will quadruple the number of worksite inspections in the coming year, consistent with President Trump’s pre-election platform and post-election agenda regarding immigration reform.

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7 reasons to consider temporary work

11/21/17 at 08:14 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Looking for employment? Have you considered turning to a staffing agency? While it’s true a temp job may only last for a short stretch, here are seven reasons to give it serious consideration.

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Help for employers desperate for workers

11/10/17 at 03:31 AM | by Will Temby

The labor-force participation rate is down. That sounds like bad news. But the best explanation for the drop may actually be good news: the result of more people returning to school for training that, in the end, will make them better job candidates and yield higher earnings.

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Tax credit proposed for employee training

11/02/17 at 07:40 PM | by Larry Hannappel

H.R. 4088, also known as the Career Advancement Through New Skills Act, could mean an offset of up to $1,250 of training expenses per employee. Qualified expenses would include the cost of training or programming to improve or maintain skills needed by employers.

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Are you 'upskilling' your workforce?

10/28/17 at 09:19 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

We’re seeing it in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and elsewhere: a shortage of adequately trained employees. Indeed, more than a third of U.S. employees surveyed say they have done nothing in the past 12 months to “upskill” – defined as attending workshops, completing online courses, receiving consultation from a specialist, participating in personal coaching sessions or pursuing further education.

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4 big benefits of using a staffing agency

09/05/17 at 03:44 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Most people understand that staffing agencies handle employee recruitment for companies that don’t have the time, expertise or resources necessary to do the job themselves. If you’ve never used a staffing firm before, here’s a closer look at the benefits of doing so.

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Trump’s push to cut regs helps employers

08/11/17 at 03:21 AM | by Larry Hannappel

President Trump promised during the election campaign to undo federal regulations that he saw as overly burdensome to industry. It’s a promise his administration has been keeping.

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Ready to work: Gen Z

07/24/17 at 03:55 AM | by Will Temby

Millennials will be part of our workforce for decades to come. But there's another generation of employees entering the workplace, Generation Z, those born between 1993 and 2010. As employers will soon discover, Gen Zers have a different and more pragmatic view on their career and the workplace compared to millennials.

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Good news on the jobs front for Kansas, Missouri

07/03/17 at 07:43 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Want to hear some good news for a change? Kansas has just ranked 15th on a study of the best and worst states for jobs.

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Construction training program seeks to fill Colorado’s 10,000-worker gap

06/26/17 at 06:33 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The shortage of construction workers in Colorado and elsewhere has been in the news for some time. The Association of General Contractors in Denver is now trying to do something about it.

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Trump pushes to make apprenticeships a priority

05/25/17 at 03:14 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Apprenticeship programs are at the center of President Donald Trump’s jobs goals. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made that point recently when he addressed labor ministers of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany, noting that employers in the U.S. want to fill positions but can’t find enough skilled workers.

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The downside to full employment

04/27/17 at 03:22 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employers in the construction world have been feeling the pain of a shortage of workers for a while already. Now just imagine what a slew of multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects might do to the employment picture. And we haven't even factored in a border wall yet.

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Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act introduced

03/27/17 at 12:15 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Lawmakers have introduced the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing Veterans Act. The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment.

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IRS will accept returns without Obamacare form

02/24/17 at 03:37 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The IRS won’t reject taxpayers’ 2016 income tax returns with missing healthcare information, but employers this year will be held to the same Obamacare reporting rules as last year. The IRS’ decision applies only to personal income tax filing. Also, penalties for noncompliance are still in place and will be enforced.

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5 reasons to apply for a temp job

02/13/17 at 06:34 PM | by Will Temby

President Donald Trump and his team are looking at new ways of measuring the U.S. unemployment rate. Regardless of how joblessness is measured, it's safe to say that many people will always be looking to move into a new, better job. Unfortunately, some people find themselves trapped in a seemingly endless job search. If that's the case for you, consider the following:

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Many employers plan to boost staff in 2017

01/26/17 at 03:57 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Three in four employees say they are in better financial shape today than they were a year ago, allowing them to make plans to do a good deal of hiring over the next 12 months. That’s according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast, which said the hiring outlook for 2017 is the best the United States has seen in a decade.

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Apprentice Personnel earns worker safety certification

01/17/17 at 01:08 PM | by Will Temby

More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an estimated $250 billion annually. In response, Apprentice Personnel has taken its risk-management program to the next level, earning official recognition from the state of Colorado’s Division of Workers’ Compensation for its efforts to protect workers.

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High hopes for construction in 2017

01/08/17 at 09:31 AM | by Larry Hannappel

After a year of solid gains in home construction, economists believe we’ll see more of the same in the year ahead, reflecting a strong job market nationally with unemployment at the lowest point in nine years. Construction spending – which includes nonresidential and government activity – rose 0.9 percent in November after a 0.6 percent increase in October, according to the latest Commerce Department report.

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A closer look at OSHA under Trump

12/26/16 at 10:30 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

A Donald Trump presidency isn’t going to spell the end of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration altogether, but it’s likely to mean less enforcement and little rulemaking. That’s the consensus we hear in response to concerns that the incoming administration might like to wipe out OSHA altogether.

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Colo. employees granted access to personnel files

11/08/16 at 02:14 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

A new law goes into effect Jan. 1 that will require most private employers to respond to their employees’ requests to inspect and copy their personnel files. As a result, we're advising our corporate clients to reassess their records management practices and consider developing procedures for handling requests from employees to access their personnel file.

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Talent is scarce, but so are skills

11/01/16 at 02:16 PM | by Will Temby

We know that unemployment is hovering around 5% this year, which, of course, is the kind of news we all like to hear. But did you know that nearly half of all U.S. employers are struggling to find talent?

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Gig work is taking over

10/19/16 at 01:27 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

If you’re interested in temporary work, there’s great news to share: The so-called gig economy approached $800 billion last year, according to a new report. An estimated 44 million people entered the gig economy last year, with 29 percent of all American workers doing some sort of gig or contingent work.

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Colorado launches Youth Apprenticeship Program

09/19/16 at 09:42 AM | by Larry Hannappel

CareerWise Colorado, a statewide apprenticeship program, and CareerConnect, a Denver Public Schools program, are getting a huge boost: $9.5 million in new support from two leading philanthropies. The contributions, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, will allow the state to follow a Swiss model in which high school students apprentice in their chosen fields while enrolled in school.

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Construction labor shortages worsening

09/09/16 at 11:20 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employment in the construction sector slipped from July to August for the fourth time in five months, not because of any slowing in the economy but because contractors are having a hard time finding workers. According to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America, two-thirds of contractors are having a hard time finding qualified craft workers.

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New workplace injury reporting rules coming

09/02/16 at 07:51 AM | by Will Temby

OSHA has implemented new rules to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Employers, of course, have long been required to have a system in place to report work-related injuries and illnesses. Here's what's different.

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Economist pegs 2017 construction growth at 5 percent

The 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook sees total U.S. construction starts for 2017 advancing 5 percent to $713 billion, following increases of 11 percent in 2015 and an estimated 1 percent this year. Read more arrow

Robust jobs report eases worry over economic growth

The U.S. labor market in July capped off the best two-month stretch of hiring so far this year, a sign of strength for an economy that has been showing mixed growth signals in recent months. Read more arrow

U.S. growth and employment data tell different stories

Measured by traditional yardsticks for growth, like gross domestic product, the American economy definitely looks weak. View it through the prism of hiring and employment, however, and the economy seems surprisingly strong. Read more arrow

Labor Department clarifies employment guidelines 

The Labor Department has waded deeper into the contentious issue of joint employment, seeking to clarify who is accountable for violations of employment laws when two different entities, like a manufacturer and a staffing agency, both have ties to the same worker. Read more arrow

Prepare for the great moderation in U.S. job growth

An increasing number of Wall Street economists and those inside the Federal Reserve are concluding that job growth is bound to shift into a lower gear as the aging population drags on the amount of available labor. Read more arrow

Weakness and strength: 7 snapshots of the U.S. job market

Employers added a meager 142,000 jobs in September, the government said Friday. And the average job gain for each of the past three months — 167,000 — is well below the 231,000 average for the previous three. Read more arrow

Housing, construction may be able to improve U.S. jobs picture 

Even though Friday’s lackluster U.S. jobs report proved a disappointment, the growth in construction and housing jobs might be able to pull the U.S. economy through this rough patch. Read more arrow

Kansas employment stats create muddled picture

The data on employment in Topeka, Wichita and Kansas are behaving in puzzling ways, making it unclear whether their employment pictures are getting better or worse, according to an economist at Wichita State University. Read more arrow

NLRB will let more workers bargain with their employer’s employer

The decision could have widespread implications for subcontracting, franchising, and temporary staffing agencies that have become increasingly prevalent in today's "fissured" economy. Read more arrow 

Should Americans work more? 

While the average American workweek is already longer than in most high-income countries, the Irish and the South Koreans show it’s possible for an advanced country’s workers to put in more hours than we do. Read more arrow 

Labor Department expected to make millions more eligible for OT

Millions of Americans who work in excess of 40 hours a week will qualify for overtime pay under a proposed Labor Department rule. Read more arrow

Nailed it: Construction employment helps fuel economy

April was the best month for construction employment since January 2014, U.S. Labor Department figures showed — and not just for job creation. Unemployment among construction workers fell to its lowest level since 2006. Read more arrow

Despite hiring efforts, veterans face employment obstacles and civilian disconnect

A new report says that vets have trouble finding and keeping jobs and that civilian employers struggle to understand them. Read more arrow

Apartment construction a booming business nationwide

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, apartment vacancies nationwide hit their lowest point in two decades in the last quarter of 2014: 4.8 percent. The low vacancy rate has led to sky high rents and an explosion of apartment construction that so far cannot keep pace with demand. Read more arrow

Trade plan hopes to grow Wichita exports by more than $1 billion

The Wichita-South Central Kansas Regional Export Plan aims to raise Wichita area exports by $1.1 billion over five years. Such a boost in sales would translate into roughly 6,000 more jobs, according to federal estimates. Read more arrow

The worst mistakes job seekers are still making

In today’s job market, applicants have enough challenges without worrying they’ve made a wrong move bad enough to cost them the position. There are all kinds of theories out there about which blunders are the absolute worst. Read more arrow

Companies face new rules on labor practices

President Obama will sign an executive order that could make it harder for companies that violate wage, labor and anti-discrimination laws to win federal contracts. Read more arrow