Apprentice Personnel Blog

Employment: Just treading water

08/02/13 at 11:13 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The unemployment rate is now down to 7.4 percent, the lowest level since 2008. But is that really good news?

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New DOL chief promises collaboration

07/28/13 at 09:50 AM | by Will Temby

Management-side lawyers say that under Thomas E. Perez, the DOL may take an even tougher enforcement stance than it did under previous labor secretary. But in his first blog post, Perez struck a different tone — casting himself as willing to listen to concerns of both workers and the overall business community.

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Improving economy drives up quit rate

07/18/13 at 11:04 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The economy is improving and so employees are resigning again. Voluntary resignations have jumped by more than a percentage point, rising from 9.3 percent in 2011 to 10.6 percent last year, according to research from XpertHR.

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Electricians Needed

07/11/13 at 11:28 AM | by Lon Matejczyk


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Understanding the delay in ACA employer mandate

07/08/13 at 06:01 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

You’ve no doubt heard about the one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act employer mandate. Here are a few answers to questions we’ve been hearing from our customers since the big news.

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Screening for old convictions

07/02/13 at 06:10 AM | by Will Temby

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a couple of lawsuits last month that send a clear signal to employers: in making hiring decisions, criminal convictions cannot be considered indefinitely.

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Avoid making a bad hire

06/28/13 at 06:03 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Hiring is on the upswing, and so one of the big questions for all employers at the moment is, what happens when you make a bad hire?

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Streamline your hiring process

06/26/13 at 11:51 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

It’s happening more and more. You’ve interviewed dozens of candidates and conducted three rounds of interviews to find the perfect fit, then find out that person was hired a week and a half ago by your competitor! What can you do? Here are a few ways to address the problem – and shorten your time to hire so you don’t lose out on top talent in the future:

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A ban on hiring smokers?

06/14/13 at 07:32 AM | by Will Temby

Job opportunities are going up in smoke for applicants who use tobacco products – particularly in states where smokers aren’t part of a protected class.

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Guard against misclassifying independent contractors

06/12/13 at 08:11 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Misclassifying workers as independent contractors can cause bigger headaches than it’s ever worth. Employers found to have misclassified employees as contractors face a number of unpleasant consequences:

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Staffing jobs continue growth trend

06/10/13 at 07:39 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The nation’s staffing firms employed an average of 2.86 million temporary and contract workers per day in the first quarter of 2013, up 2.9 percent from the same period last year, according to the latest American Staffing Association data.

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Staffing under ObamaCare

05/17/13 at 09:14 AM | by Will Temby

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has important implications for employers who use temporary staffing to help fill their workforce needs.

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Temporary staffing can help address disability issues

05/05/13 at 10:58 AM | by Larry Hannappel

With today’s still-recovering economy, workers are continuing to feel high levels of stress, and this can have a direct impact on an employer’s bottom line, leading to even more disability claims.

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Job Openning: Staffing Agency General Manager in Wichita, KS

04/24/13 at 02:40 PM

The General Manager is responsible for the daily leadership and direction of the business and sales activities of a branch office of Apprentice Personnel.

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A staffing solution in new foreign worker program?

04/21/13 at 04:17 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employers that have struggled to fill certain jobs — washing dishes, cleaning hotels, caring for the elderly — could soon get help now that business groups and labor unions have agreed on a plan to allow thousands of new low-skilled foreign workers into the U.S. workforce.

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Finding, recruiting the best talent

04/21/13 at 04:03 PM | by Will Temby

Technology has completely changed the way employers look for the right candidate.

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Construction employment on the rise

04/18/13 at 11:46 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

With demand for new homes on the rise, construction employment is expected to grow by 500,000 jobs this year and 700,000 jobs in 2015, according to Bloomberg News.

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Enrollment low in vets jobs program

04/17/13 at 11:49 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Federal auditors say a job-training program designed to help veterans re-enter the workforce has more than 60,000 empty slots.

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Payroll services to easily pay employees, file taxes

03/29/13 at 01:38 PM | by Will Temby

Companies increasingly are turning to temporary staffing firms for more than their personnel needs.More than ever, they know a staffing firm like Apprentice Personnel can help them avoid the process of placing workers directly on their payrolls. Apprentice Personnel can become the employer of record for as many people as you choose, for as long as you need them.

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Who's hiring, and who's quitting?

03/12/13 at 05:35 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics included some interesting takeaways:

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Becoming indepensable, as a temp or perm

02/21/13 at 07:00 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The unemployment rate has been dropping nationally, but in this economy, everybody to an extent is still very much a temp. So, how can you create job security for yourself?

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Employers ordered to scale back social media laws

02/18/13 at 07:00 AM | by Will Temby

Federal regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers, whether temporary or permanent, can say online. Employers, of course, try to discourage comments that paint them in a negative light. So what to do now?

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How to get the most out of your staffing agency

02/08/13 at 07:25 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

As a small-business owner, you can leverage the flexibility of a temporary job agency to fill your need for employees without the expense of training and benefits and without having to worry about fluctuations in a work environment that changes seasonally or by other factors, giving you more control over expenditures and management of your business.

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How temporary staffing firms can help vet your workers

02/01/13 at 01:51 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Temporary employment agencies can help cut the amount of hands-on time an employer spends to fill vacant job positions. But before using a temp service, we think it’s important to verify the agency's employee-screening process. By performing a little due diligence, you can ensure that each temp worker walking through your doors has a clean criminal record.

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Discrimination laws protect more than minorities

01/15/13 at 09:46 AM | by Will Temby

It’s sometimes easy to forget, but anti-discrimination laws protect whites as well as minorities. But there is no such thing as “reverse discrimination” under the law, just illegal discrimination.

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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