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Small-business employment on the rise in Colorado

09/12/14 at 07:55 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Job growth nationally slowed in August but the latest monthly Small Business Index from Intuit Inc. has good news for Colorado employers. The state, according to the index, ranked fifth for gains in small-business employment last month. Small-business employment in Colorado rose by 0.11 percent in August.

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5 new rules for the modern workplace

09/04/14 at 06:42 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

To do well in today’s workplace, employees today need to have an open mind. They must constantly be on the lookout for new ways of doing things and be willing to push themselves out of their current responsibilities to take on bigger roles.

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Employees want greater workplace flexibility

08/27/14 at 02:22 AM | by Will Temby

If your company hasn’t yet embraced at least some form of workplace flexibility, you may be losing out in the retention/recruiting arena. More than one third of employees surveyed — including 34 percent of directors and 38 percent of managers — said they would change companies for an employer that embraces flexible work.

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Where are all the construction workers?

08/13/14 at 05:27 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Ask most any employer right now and they’ll tell you the same thing: attracting and retaining a competitive workforce is one of their biggest concerns at the moment. One of the sectors feeling the pain most is construction. The housing crash sent many construction workers fleeing to other industries. Now that housing is recovering, builders have been struggling to find skilled workers.

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Time to kill probationary periods?

08/05/14 at 08:31 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

In today’s growing economy, many private employers are choosing a temp-to-perm arrangement using an outside employment agency rather than implementing formal probationary periods for employees. It’s an approach that has been working well for the past few years, in good as well as bad times. But if you listen to some of the best thinkers in employment law, you might want to eliminate probationary periods altogether.

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Salaries projected to rise by 3% in 2015

07/23/14 at 08:14 AM | by Will Temby

If you’re like us, you’re already thinking about next year’s corporate budget – and what to do about salaries.With so many factors to consider, deciding just how much to raise salaries can be complicated, as any business owner knows. We ran across new research from Hay Group and WorldatWork that gave us some insight into what employers are thinking on this score.

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Workforce training to get a boost

07/14/14 at 04:22 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act works to solve a problem that’s familiar to any employer in search of talent. It governs a web of federal programs meant to train people and help them find jobs. Its reach is vast: the legislation – expected to be signed into law by President Obama after having won passage in both chambers of Congress – authorizes employment centers that help with resume-writing, job searches, English as a second language instruction and on-the-job training.

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A big change for small businesses

07/03/14 at 06:00 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

There’s good news to share today with our clients and other businesses hoping to secure an SBA loan to help fuel their growth. Roughly 8,400 additional businesses will gain small-business status under new size standards as set by the Small Business Administration.

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Staying out of I-9 trouble

06/23/14 at 07:35 PM | by Will Temby

The rules around I-9 forms can be very specific and sometimes confusing, and since none of us is perfect, I thought I’d offer a few tips to help employers avoid a growing problem when they hire immigrants.

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Helping to satisfy the demand for talent

06/16/14 at 07:00 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Job openings are at an almost seven-year high at the moment, making it harder for employers to find talent. There are openings at manufacturers, leisure and hospitality companies, retailers and professional and business service providers.

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A workers' comp silver lining to Obamacare?

06/09/14 at 08:43 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Is there a silver lining in Obamacare? According to experts, the Affordable Care Act should definitely reduce workers' compensation claims because it expands medical coverage to more people.

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Court provides latitude on independent contractor

06/02/14 at 07:45 PM | by Will Temby

The Colorado Supreme Court has delivered some good news to employers, giving them more leeway when arguing that someone is an independent contractor, not an employee.

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Why hiring job-hoppers is OK

05/22/14 at 04:49 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Is job hopping bad for one’s career? And, more to the point, do employers really mind? There’s new data that indicates job-hopping is just fine with the folks who do the hiring, across most major professions, so long as we’re talking about younger workers.

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Steady decline in workplace fatalities

05/15/14 at 06:34 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The latest statistics on fatalities that result from work injuries reflect some positive trends overall, although there was an increase in the number of temporary workers who died.

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Drop seen in disability time away from work

05/06/14 at 02:04 AM | by Will Temby

There’s some good news for employers to share about disability claims. According to Unum, the giant disability insurance provider, the average length of time away from work due to long-term disability has decreased by 3 percent since 2008.

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Report spotlights weaknesses in background checks

04/28/14 at 07:23 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Criminal convictions may be substantially underreported on many background checks. And a majority of employers continue to ask for self-disclosure of criminal records, despite EEOC recommendations against the practice.

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OT push signals more FLSA changes coming

04/24/14 at 03:58 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he would direct the Department of Labor to increase overtime protections for the nation's workers suggest that more changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act are coming. We think employers can expect even more scrutiny on these matters from their employees.

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A looming talent shortage

04/20/14 at 02:38 AM | by Will Temby

After so many years of slow growth, it’s hard to believe, but many employers are reporting having an increasingly tough time finding the right job candidates.

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House votes to redefine full-time worker under ACA

04/07/14 at 07:16 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Did you know that, under the Affordable Care Act, an employee is considered to be a full-time worker if they work just 30 hours a week? 

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Make a temp job last

03/28/14 at 07:14 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The best temporary staffers are often hired on a permanent, full-time basis. But they also can be disappointed when companies hire somebody else for the job.

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Apprentice Personnel expands to Denver

03/25/14 at 05:10 PM

Apprentice Personnel is opening its newest office in Denver, one of the hottest job markets in the nation.

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Feds offer tips on employment background checks

03/17/14 at 06:05 AM | by Will Temby

Hiring decisions are among the most important choices for any employer, but the process can be complex. 

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Staffing employment grew 4% in 2013

03/07/14 at 03:50 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Staffing companies in the U.S. employed an average of 3 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2013, up 4% from 2012.

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Small business optimism on the rise

03/01/14 at 08:30 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

We’ve read and heard a lot this winter about how the weather is affecting business, often in less-than-welcome ways. Now, a survey finds optimism slightly up amid a generally frozen hiring picture matching the unusually bitter cold weather we’ve seen throughout much of the country.

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Staffing amid rise in job-hopping

02/24/14 at 09:57 AM | by Will Temby

Job-hopping isn’t new but the latest numbers are just staggering. A survey by Jobvite, a recruiting software company, found that about half of employees are either actively seeking a new job or are open to one.

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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