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Finding work during economic downturns

12/18/18 at 10:58 AM | by Will Temby

Even in the midst of an economic downturn, companies need employees, and to hedge against the high overhead associated with full-timers, many look to fill positions on a temporary basis. That’s the scenario many of us anticipate over the next year or so as the economy heads for a potential slowdown.

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Seasonal gigs that can lead to bigger things

12/03/18 at 06:34 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Looking for a temporary job this season? We have good news: The average hourly wage for seasonal workers is climbing and is expected to continue notching up in the year ahead. A temporary position during the holidays is a quick and easy way to help you pay down debt, boost your savings or help you pay for all of the gifts you'll be buying for loved ones.

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Work more than one job? Join the club

10/05/18 at 02:26 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Unemployment is at the lowest point it’s been in decades yet one figure remains stubbornly unmoved – the number of Americans holding multiple jobs.

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Poll: Apprenticeships make people more job-ready than college

09/14/18 at 02:48 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Six out of 10 Americans think that apprenticeships make people more employable than going to college. The Harris poll also found that about seven in 10 U.S. adults say learning a specific trade is better for finding a job than a bachelor’s degree and that college degrees aren’t worth as much as they used to be.

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Feds launch wage violation self-reporting program

04/22/18 at 02:14 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

The Department of Labor has kicked off a pilot program that encourages employers to audit their pay practices and self-report any Fair Labor Standards Act violations they might find.

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Staffing industry stats that might surprise

02/23/18 at 07:19 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Ever wonder about just big the business that Apprentice Personnel is in might be? The American Staffing Association dug into that question and came up with some pretty cool statistics. For starters, more than 3 million temporary and contract employees work for America's staffing companies during an average week.

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EEOC bumps up poster violation penalty

02/01/18 at 06:47 AM | by Larry Hannappel

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has adjusted its poster violation penalty for inflation, raising the fine from $534 to $545. Every employer covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act must post notices describing the pertinent provisions of those laws.

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4 big benefits of using a staffing agency

09/05/17 at 03:44 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Most people understand that staffing agencies handle employee recruitment for companies that don’t have the time, expertise or resources necessary to do the job themselves. If you’ve never used a staffing firm before, here’s a closer look at the benefits of doing so.

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Ready to work: Gen Z

07/24/17 at 03:55 AM | by Will Temby

Millennials will be part of our workforce for decades to come. But there's another generation of employees entering the workplace, Generation Z, those born between 1993 and 2010. As employers will soon discover, Gen Zers have a different and more pragmatic view on their career and the workplace compared to millennials.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 HR laws employers can’t afford to overlook in 2016

02/29/16 at 07:42 PM | by Lon Matejczyk
HR laws employers can’t afford to overlook in 2016 - judges gavel

This year has just begun, but new HR regulations already have been proposed, signed into law and put into effect — and even more are on the way. Failing to keep up with new workplace laws is not an option, given the potential for steep penalties and expensive lawsuits.

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Your best response to the ‘joint employer’ rules

02/19/16 at 02:03 PM | by Larry Hannappel
Joint Employer Rules - United States Department of Labor

The Labor Department’s focus on “joint employment” arrangements has raised plenty of questions among employers that turn to staffing agencies. Last month, the agency made it clear it thinks more companies should take responsibility for their contracted workforces, and it issued guidance that told them exactly how and when.

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Labor Dept. to measure 'gig' employment

02/01/16 at 02:15 PM | by Lon Matejczyk
Labor Dept. to measure temporary employment

The Labor Department has decided that temporary workers, independent workers and people with multiple jobs will be included in its statistics beginning May 2017. According to the latest estimates, there are roughly 30 million full-time and part-time independent workers in the U.S. About 10 percent of them are employed through temporary employment agencies.

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3 trends in employment law to keep in mind

12/28/15 at 06:37 AM | by Will Temby
trends in employment law - Employment agreement

Discrimination. Violence and bullying. Wage and hour lawsuits.Those, according to a leading authority on risk management and compliance, are the big three trends to watch in employment law at the moment.

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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