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UPCOMING: OSHA Construction Course

02/16/14 at 09:34 AM

Apprentice Personnel, in partnership with Corporate Safety Services, is offering a 10-hour OSHA course in March. Sign up here.  

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Construction companies step up to hire veterans

02/16/14 at 09:15 AM | by Larry Hannappel

By hiring veterans, businesses will be giving American heroes the chance they deserve to keep serving our country. And they'll be giving veterans' families the security that comes with a steady paycheck.

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Big changes coming in Family Leave Act?

02/10/14 at 06:47 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would dramatically change the Family and Medical Leave Act. Under the proposed law, FMLA’s leave protections would extend to employers with more than 25 employees.

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7 issues for businesses to watch from State of the Union

01/31/14 at 01:31 PM | by Will Temby

In his State of the Union Address to Congress, President Barack Obama discussed a number of policy initiatives that could have a significant impact on small employers. Here are the issues to watch.

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5 tips to help you navigate the temp world

01/28/14 at 08:19 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Companies reluctant to ramp up their full-time workforce have long ago realized they can accomplish their targets with temporary workers. This trend is showing no sign of abating despite the improving economy.

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Apprentice Personnel promotes Jason Lewis as Wichita General Manager

01/26/14 at 09:36 AM

WICHITA, Kan. – Jason Lewis has been promoted as general manager of the Wichita office of Apprentice Personnel.

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Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act: What employers need to know

01/16/14 at 08:37 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Ignoring the Unemployment Insurance Integrity Act can cost employers money -- including steep civil and criminal penalties.

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Bill aimed at misclassification of employees

12/20/13 at 10:08 AM | by Will Temby

Employers who use workers they classify as contract laborers, freelancers, casual workers, contract employees — or independent contractors by any other name — will  want to monitor the progress of a new bill in the U.S. Senate.

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8 tips to help you avoid hiring mistakes

12/13/13 at 07:58 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Job openings are up and people are quitting so they can move into better opportunities. That means, of course, that a lot of businesses are in hiring mode.

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Optimistic about hiring in 2014

12/04/13 at 08:34 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

A survey of nearly 1,000 private companies has found that two-thirds of these companies believe the year ahead will offer room for growth, and more than half are ready to hire new employees.

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Apprentice Personnel announces Tim Williams as General Manager

11/22/13 at 10:17 AM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Tim Williams grew up in his family’s staffing business and is now helping to drive new growth as the general manager of the Kansas City office of Apprentice Personnel.

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5 Things to Know About Working With Staffing Firms

11/19/13 at 06:54 PM | by Will Temby

Employers call on staffing agencies to address all sorts of workforce needs and handle aspects of the administrative side of employee relations. Turning to a temp agency allows you to evaluate a worker without making the commitment of hiring them on permanently.

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Ready for a Wage-and-Hour Audit?

11/12/13 at 06:02 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Improper pay practices are in the news, with a wave of wage-and-hour lawsuits filed by employees who claim they’ve been cheated by their employers.

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Ready to get rid of the criminal history box?

10/31/13 at 03:00 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

For years, standard employment applications have included a line item or box that asks applicants whether they have a criminal history and, frequently, requests further details.That may be changing soon.

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High court to tackle employment, labor issues

10/21/13 at 05:02 AM | by Will Temby

The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle a number of cases in its new term that are expected to influence labor and employment law.

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Handling E-Verify post-shutdown

10/18/13 at 02:35 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Now that the government shutdown has ended, E-Verify is once again available for use by employers. The Department of Homeland Security offers some instructions to employers who were affected.

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5 things to know about Obamacare

10/07/13 at 06:23 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Call it the Affordable Care Act. Call it Obamacare. Either way, those exchanges, or marketplaces, you’ve been hearing about are now open for business. Temporary and contract workers typically need health insurance, so here’s a Q&A that tells you what you need to know about the nation's new health care law.

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How to use background checks and stay out of trouble

09/28/13 at 05:57 PM | by Will Temby

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has put companies in a difficult position regarding the use of criminal background checks to screen job applicants. But there’s a way to using background check and stay out of trouble.

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Promote safe driving with your employees

09/21/13 at 06:06 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety has designated Oct. 7-11 as Drive Safely Work Week to encourage employers to adopt safe driving policies and highlight the dangers of being behind the wheel.

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Improper disability payments found

09/13/13 at 04:00 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

The Government Accountability Office has come out with another of its reports and this one has news that all employers will want to be aware of:Just as a lot of us suspected, GAO says it found that the Social Security Administration made $1.3 billion in potentially improper disability payments to people who had jobs when they were supposed to be unable to work.

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Fraud in your company's health plan

09/08/13 at 06:21 AM | by Will Temby

As if employers needed it, here’s one more reason for anyone worried about Obamacare to worry a bit more: University researchers have produced a study concluding that the popularity of dependent verification programs “may well diminish” thanks to the dependent coverage provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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3 Percent Raises for 2014

08/29/13 at 04:40 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Some of the best raises next year are likely to be found in Kansas City and Denver. So says a new Aon Hewitt salary survey, which found that jobs in the energy, construction and mining businesses are where some of those raises are most likely to be seen.

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Will ACA mean longer absences from the job?

08/22/13 at 09:52 PM | by Will Temby

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is about to be fully implemented and, unfortunately, many employers may be overlooking the law’s implications for employees’ attendance at work. 

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Taking the job search to new levels

08/20/13 at 08:32 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Have you noticed it? Candidates are coming up with increasingly creative techniques to get a job offer.

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ADA claims on the rise

08/07/13 at 05:31 PM | by Will Temby

Employers have long suspected that ADA lawsuits have been steadily increasing. Now there’s new research confirming it. The total number of ADA lawsuits filed in federal court in 2012 was up 12 percent from the number of lawsuits filed the previous year.

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News and Latest Events 
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