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Employee job satisfaction jumps

05/20/15 at 08:02 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Money and benefits are important, we all know. But is workplace culture even more important to building a satisfied work team? A survey from the Society for Human Resource Management suggests that's exactly the case.

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College grads face best job market in years

04/27/15 at 08:37 AM | by Larry Hannappel

A new survey says students graduating this year can look forward to the best employment outlook since 2007. The CareerBuilder survey is based on responses from more than 2,000 employers — 65 percent who said they plan to hire recent college graduates this year.

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6 tips on hiring well

04/08/15 at 06:02 AM | by Will Temby

Everyone seems to be hiring nowadays. But all-to-often employers find themselves wishing they had done a better job vetting a candidate before bringing them aboard.

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Cutting hours to avoid Obamacare

03/31/15 at 08:52 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

According to a new survey of nearly 750 HR professionals, about one in five U.S. employers either have reduced hours for workers they consider to be part-time, or will do so, in response to requirements of the law.

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Restaurants lead job growth

03/10/15 at 08:34 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Finding the right restaurant talent, as any operator will attest, is never easy and becomes that more difficult when demand is rising as fast as it has. Taking advantage of growth opportunities in the restaurant business is heavily dependent on hiring top positions such as managers.

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6 ways construction firms can beat the labor shortage

03/02/15 at 06:57 AM | by Will Temby

During the downturn, the construction industry laid off almost 2 million workers. Now that the economy is improving, it needs those people back. Problem is, many of those experienced workers found other jobs or have retired. So, what can be done?

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Finding the right job amid 5 million openings

02/11/15 at 04:36 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

You no doubt saw or heard the headlines: the U.S. at the moment has 5 million job openings. But what does that really mean to anyone looking for a job?

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The facts about Obama's sick leave proposal

01/29/15 at 07:39 PM | by Larry Hannappel

In his State of the Union earlier this month, President Obama offered up a number of proposals that would changes things in the workplace, including one to expand sick leave. We think it’s important to share a few facts about this topic before Congress gets too far.

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Veto likely on 40-hour workweek legislation

01/16/15 at 06:20 AM | by Will Temby

Introduced in the House soon after the new Congress convened, the legislation would require employers to offer healthcare coverage to employees who work 40 hours per week, instead of the 30-hour threshold under the reforms known as Obamacare. But will it make into law?

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Top 10 job-interview mistakes

01/11/15 at 09:28 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

If laughter is the best medicine, then consider the following “worst interview mistakes” – none of which you’ll want to make.

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What to expect in the year ahead

12/29/14 at 03:21 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The past 12 months have seen mostly good news for the national economy, but what should companies in construction, the restaurant industry, hospitality and others expect in the year ahead? One of the nation’s best-respected economists thinks there’s reason for optimism.

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Colorado expected to add 61,000 jobs in 2015

12/22/14 at 09:38 AM | by Will Temby

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business is predicting the addition of tens of thousands of jobs in the year ahead in hospitality and construction, among other sectors. In fact, Colorado is expected to be in the top 10 states for job growth in 2015 with workers added in both goods- and services-producing sectors.

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Kansas employment picture brightening, mostly

12/12/14 at 08:47 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

There’s good and perhaps not-so-good news to share about the job market in Kansas. First, the great news is that the state has regained all of the private-sector jobs it lost in the Great Recession. Its unemployment rate is now 5.1%

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Ho, Ho, Hiring for the Holidays

12/10/14 at 01:25 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The holiday season is well under way and it looks like hiring for the season is as well. That, of course, means jobs for people with hospitality, catering and food-service experience.

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How to deal with 'empty-desk syndrome'

12/02/14 at 06:12 AM | by Will Temby

Does your business suffer from “empty desk syndrome?” Plenty of employers do. An employee quits, and no plan exists for filling their job. And more often than not, it’s someone who’s important to your operation.

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Health plan costs expected to rise 8 percent

11/24/14 at 02:17 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

A new survey says Colorado employers and their workers will pay an average of 8 percent more next year for their health insurance plans. That’s not great news but at least we’re not looking at the prospect of double-digit increases, which, of course, were the norm for years.

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Quitting your job? So are a lot of others

11/17/14 at 05:33 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The good news, at least if you’re an employee, is that the quit rate in September was at its highest in more than six years. The bad news for employers, of course, is that people are leaving their jobs and you have to go out and find their replacement.

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Colorado: No. 1 in growth in restaurant jobs

11/11/14 at 03:51 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

New data from the National Restaurant Association shows that Colorado this year added nearly 13,000 restaurant jobs. That’s a 6.3 percent increase, more than any other state. The industry employs more than 250,000 workers in Colorado.

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Business owners are feeling better

10/31/14 at 02:24 AM | by Will Temby

Business owners are feeling 14 percent better about the future today than two years ago, thanks to stronger financial results and expectations that the numbers will be even more robust next year. That's the word from Principal Financial Group's Well-Being Index, which found that a whopping 88 percent of the 600 owners surveyed reported their businesses were either stable or growing.

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Independent contractor or full-time employee?

10/20/14 at 05:38 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Failing to understanding how to properly classify an employee and failing to keep the right records to show your wage and hour practices could spell big trouble with the IRS and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Now, the National Labor Relations Board has made it harder to classify employees as independent contractors.

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An industrial boom in KC

10/13/14 at 08:17 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Real estate industry experts say the Kansas City market is is experiencing one of the biggest booms in decades. The industrial sector is especially going strong, with major investments by Ford and GM.

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OSHA’s new reporting rules

10/08/14 at 08:02 AM | by Will Temby

OSHA is about to put into effect new workplace death and serious-accident reporting rules that will compel employers to report a much broader array of workplace incidents. The new rules, which go into effect on Jan. 1, will require employers to alert OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or loss of an eye within 24 hours.

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7 things people lie about on their resumes

10/01/14 at 08:16 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Any business owner who sifts through dozens or even hundreds of resumes a year knows that at least some of what they’re seeing isn’t exactly factual. Some information that might be useful in making a hiring decision may have been left out, and there’s enough fudging going on to satisfy the sugar cravings of a small town in Indiana.

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Employers should practice care in asking for medical data

09/26/14 at 11:23 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employers who expect prospective workers to hand over their medical information could be asking for trouble. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who says his employer asked him to disclose all of his private medical information as part of his office job.

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Colorado construction jobs site launched

09/15/14 at 06:00 AM | by Will Temby

Residential and public-works projects have been fueling a Colorado construction boom over the past couple of years. Now, two big industry groups, Associated General Contractors of Colorado and the Colorado Contractors Association, have teamed up to create a jobs portal,, to help line workers up with construction-sector employers.

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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