Apprentice Personnel Blog

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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Obama administration appealing OT injunction

12/06/16 at 02:07 PM | by Will Temby

The Justice Department is pushing forward in its drive to get new overtime rules put into place as soon as it can. DOJ lawyers filed an appeal of an injunction that prevented the rule from going into effect on Dec. 1, as planned.

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Trump victory might forestall new OSHA rules

11/18/16 at 01:40 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The election of Donald Trump might mean the end of one of OSHA’s big regulatory initiatives of 2016. If left intact, OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, would require certain employers to submit electronically injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their on-site OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

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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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Labor compliance costs in the billions

10/24/16 at 12:18 PM | by Larry Hannappel

At a time when the economic recovery remains in question, the National Association of Manufacturers has put out a report that won’t make many employers or their workers happy. According to its estimates, labor regulations promoted and implemented by the Obama administration in just the last year of the president’s time in office will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs.

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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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Millennials show less commitment to employers

10/03/16 at 04:08 PM | by Will Temby

You’ve no doubt heard that millennials feel less connected to institutions than their forebears did or do. A survey by Gallup has now found that the majority of younger workers are much more willing to switch jobs than their older counterparts.

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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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Legislation would raise Social Security taxes

08/17/16 at 12:08 PM | by Will Temby

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would substantially increase the payroll cap on Social Security taxes. How far the proposed legislation gets remains to be seen.

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Many workers open to leaving their jobs

08/04/16 at 08:21 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The economy isn’t growing fast, but it’s certainly very mobile. A huge number of Americans are moving between jobs faster than ever. A new survey finds that a whopping 63 percent of U.S. workers say they are looking for new employment.

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4 reasons Colorado can't afford Amendment 69

07/18/16 at 01:03 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Come November, voters in Colorado will cast their ballots on an initiative that, if passed, would create a universal, statewide, single-payer health care system. There's much wrong with this plan, known as Amendment 69, including the fact it resembles a single-payer health care system proposition that failed in Vermont.

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How to fix your candidate search problems

06/10/16 at 08:44 AM | by Will Temby

If you’re an employer struggling to find qualified job candidates, the fault might be at least partly yours. That’s the conclusion of a new CareerBuilder survey that found many employers aren’t doing a very good job of making it clear what kind of skills and experience they’re looking for.

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OT changes coming

05/29/16 at 03:00 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued new rules saying that anyone paid more than $47,476 a year will now be considered exempt from overtime. But those who fall below that number and work 40 hours a week must be paid time-and-a-half overtime for all hours beyond 40 a week. The government estimates four million more salaried workers will be eligible for OT pay under the new rule.

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What millennials want from work

05/16/16 at 05:52 PM | by Larry Hannappel

There are now more millennials in the workforce than baby boomers, but, guess what? They don’t view the job market the way boomers or even Gen Xers do. In fact, they behave more like consumers shopping for the best product. A new Gallup poll found that 71 percent of millennials are either not engaged or are actively disengaged at work. This, of course, makes it tough for employers to hold on to them, because engagement is essential to retention.

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Americans mostly happy at work

05/06/16 at 07:15 AM | by Will Temby
Americans mostly happy at work, woman in a suit pointing at you

According to a survey of 517 Americans by the Society for Human Resource Management, 88 percent of the nation’s employees report “overall satisfaction” with their current jobs. That’s the highest level of satisfaction in the past decade. Only 17 percent said they are “very likely” to leave their current employer in the next year, while 22 percent called such a scenario “likely.” The other 61 percent of respondents said they would probably not leave their organization in the near future, with about half of those calling it “very unlikely.”

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Why some workers get away with bad behavior

04/23/16 at 12:56 PM | by Lon Matejczyk
employees behaving badly

We’ve all seen it: employees behaving badly -- and getting away with it. Why does this happen? Well, university researchers think they know: You can get away with breaking the rules as long as you’re productive. In other words, a valuable worker can afford to mess up occasionally, but those whose performance might lag cannot.

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Insecurity at the office?

04/19/16 at 07:51 PM | by Larry Hannappel
safety with two employees, one in a hard hat discussing a fire extinguisher at work

We've seen all kinds of workplace polls over the years but this one stands apart. The poll found that workers -- it surveyed 3,000 of them -- generally feel safe and secure at work, but when pressed for details, also have some fears.

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One of the best retention tools? Career development

04/03/16 at 08:01 AM | by Will Temby
career-development arrow pointing upwards

Companies vying to hire in a tight labor market are increasingly putting into place career development programs as a recruitment and retention tool. According to Korn Ferry Hay Group, more than half of the 242 employers it polled said they intend to expand the use of such programs.

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5 ways to keep your employees happy and loyal

03/28/16 at 07:52 PM | by Lon Matejczyk
Keeping employees happy, people in a circle, hands stacked in the middle

At a time when good workers are at a premium, companies are scrambling to make sure their workplace is one that can bring in the best employees — and give them good reasons to stay. According to a recent Gallup poll, less than one-third of employees in the U.S. consider themselves “engaged” at work. Just 32 percent of employees said they were engaged in their jobs, while 51 percent said they were not engaged and 17 percent said they were actively disengaged with their work.

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Employers warned of new payroll phishing scam

03/15/16 at 09:33 AM | by Larry Hannappel
New Payroll Scam - Red scam button

The Internal Revenue Service is warning employers about a new phishing e-mail scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The scheme, unfortunately, has already seen some success, amid a surge in phishing e-mails so far this year.

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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