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How to answer the job interview question everyone hates

11/01/18 at 09:44 AM | by Will Temby

Did you know that job hunters spend an average of five months to find a new position? That journey includes repeated updates to resumes and cover letters, multiple applications and, of course, multiple job interviews. The worst part for many is the job interview. Most of us admit our biggest mistake is being too nervous.

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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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U.S. workers are mostly happy

09/24/18 at 01:46 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

How happy are you in your job? If you’re like most Americans, you should be pretty satisfied. In fact, among the 1,500 employed people surveyed by The Conference Board, 51 percent said they were satisfied with their jobs.

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Job openings outpace number of unemployed

06/11/18 at 09:18 AM | by Will Temby

There were more job openings in the U.S. this spring than there were people looking for work, a troubling trend that is likely to force employers to rethink their approach to hiring. April marked the second month in a row this occurred, and the gap was growing. According to the federal Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, there were about 6.7 million open positions in April, the most recent month for which data are available.

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Employers face new wage-equity laws

10/20/17 at 01:10 PM | by Will Temby

A growing number of states and major cities have recently adopted wage equity and salary history laws in an effort to close the wage gap that exists between male and female employees.

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Construction leads in struck-by accidents, deaths

10/01/17 at 05:52 PM | by Will Temby

Highway maintenance workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the construction field, as do power-line installers and excavators. So says a new study that examines the role of “struck-by” hazards in the cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in construction.

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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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How to retain employees in a hot job market

08/28/17 at 07:40 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

Given the high cost of losing an employee, not to mention today’s low unemployment rate, retention should be a top priority for every organization. Developing a retention strategy, ironically enough, begins at the exit interview.

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Good news on the jobs front for Kansas, Missouri

07/03/17 at 07:43 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Want to hear some good news for a change? Kansas has just ranked 15th on a study of the best and worst states for jobs.

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Trump pushes to make apprenticeships a priority

05/25/17 at 03:14 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Apprenticeship programs are at the center of President Donald Trump’s jobs goals. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta made that point recently when he addressed labor ministers of the Group of 20 industrial and emerging-market nations in Germany, noting that employers in the U.S. want to fill positions but can’t find enough skilled workers.

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OSHA launches ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign to stem workplace fatalities

04/17/17 at 12:58 PM | by Will Temby

OSHA has launched what it’s calling its "Safe and Sound Campaign," urging Kansas employers, among others, to review and improve safety and health programs to help protect workers and reduce workplace injuries and deaths. The "Safe and Sound" initiative was created in response to a recent rise in worksite fatalities in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The agency cited confined space entry, trenching and excavating, and being struck by motor vehicles as the main causes for the increased number of fatalities.

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5 reasons to apply for a temp job

02/13/17 at 06:34 PM | by Will Temby

President Donald Trump and his team are looking at new ways of measuring the U.S. unemployment rate. Regardless of how joblessness is measured, it's safe to say that many people will always be looking to move into a new, better job. Unfortunately, some people find themselves trapped in a seemingly endless job search. If that's the case for you, consider the following:

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OSHA rule aimed at improving workplace injury tracking

02/02/17 at 08:41 PM | by Larry Hannappel

OSHA has developed new rules to help improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. Not everyone is happy. The National Association of Home Builders and other industry groups have filed a lawsuit against OSHA and the Department of Labor. Nonetheless, it’s important to understand what’s now required and to be in compliance until the legal fight is resolved.

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Apprentice Personnel earns worker safety certification

01/17/17 at 01:08 PM | by Will Temby

More than 3.5 million workplace injuries and illnesses occur each year in the United States, costing an estimated $250 billion annually. In response, Apprentice Personnel has taken its risk-management program to the next level, earning official recognition from the state of Colorado’s Division of Workers’ Compensation for its efforts to protect workers.

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Obama administration appealing OT injunction

12/06/16 at 02:07 PM | by Will Temby

The Justice Department is pushing forward in its drive to get new overtime rules put into place as soon as it can. DOJ lawyers filed an appeal of an injunction that prevented the rule from going into effect on Dec. 1, as planned.

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Trump victory might forestall new OSHA rules

11/18/16 at 01:40 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The election of Donald Trump might mean the end of one of OSHA’s big regulatory initiatives of 2016. If left intact, OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, would require certain employers to submit electronically injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their on-site OSHA Injury and Illness forms.

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Labor compliance costs in the billions

10/24/16 at 12:18 PM | by Larry Hannappel

At a time when the economic recovery remains in question, the National Association of Manufacturers has put out a report that won’t make many employers or their workers happy. According to its estimates, labor regulations promoted and implemented by the Obama administration in just the last year of the president’s time in office will cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs.

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Gig work is taking over

10/19/16 at 01:27 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

If you’re interested in temporary work, there’s great news to share: The so-called gig economy approached $800 billion last year, according to a new report. An estimated 44 million people entered the gig economy last year, with 29 percent of all American workers doing some sort of gig or contingent work.

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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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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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Survey: training key to re-entering workforce

02/06/16 at 06:50 AM | by Will Temby
training key to re-entering workforce - training on pc

Finding and landing your dream job can be tough. Not surprisingly, one of the biggest hurdles to doing so is a lack of experience and training. According to a survey conducted on behalf of the American Staffing Association, 40 percent of unemployed U.S. adults are looking for work.

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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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In need of a fix: Performance reviews

12/15/15 at 05:46 AM | by Lon Matejczyk
Time for a performance review

For years, we’ve known the annual review doesn’t cut it. It becomes a kind of check-that-box affair where the boss lays out the good, the bad and the ugly about the employee’s work, and the employee sits there patiently waiting to hear how much the raise will be.

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Drop seen in small businesses offering health coverage

11/17/15 at 01:51 PM | by Will Temby
small businesses offering health coverage - Healthcare reform one way

Is your company struggling to provide health insurance? If so, you’re probably not alone. A survey of 800 small businesses found that while larger employers generally have integrated the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into their benefits packages, smaller firms are having trouble doing so.

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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