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Pre-employment physical tests draw EEOC scrutiny

08/05/18 at 07:50 AM | by Will Temby

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is cracking down on companies that use pre-employment physical stress tests to weed out female job applicants. The agency says it is paying especially close attention to companies that try to screen out applicants with pre-existing injuries and/or medical conditions after applicants had already received a conditional employment offer.

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6 important takeaways from the unemployment report

07/08/18 at 12:35 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

U.S. job growth increased more than expected in June as manufacturers stepped up hiring. That was the big takeaway from the latest Labor Department report on nonfarm payrolls, which showed that the unemployment rate rose to 4 percent. But what else did we learn from the June report? What were the other important takeaways? Here are six:

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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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Is your safety program working?

06/04/18 at 03:35 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Workplace injuries are costing employers nearly $60 billion a year, with nearly three million on-the-job injuries each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What's more, 1.2 million missed work days were reported in 2017 due to injuries.

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Ready to change careers? We can help

05/17/18 at 07:03 AM | by Will Temby

The vast majority of Americans are bored, alienated or have otherwise psychologically "checked out" of their jobs. If you're in that group, it might be time for an honest self-appraisal.

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New ways to boost employee recruitment and retention

05/08/18 at 06:51 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employees today expect their employers to offer benefits that go much further than addressing their physical health. They're interested in programs that can address mental, financial, and spiritual health, too. That's probably not a news flash to anyone whose workforce is increasingly made up of younger workers. But what might be eye-opening is the fact that big gaps remain between what employees value and what companies are delivering.

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Microlearning: training for the millennial generation

04/30/18 at 05:55 PM | by Larry Hannappel

If you're hiring a temporary worker and want to help them get the job done safely, one of the new training techniques to consider nowadays is called microlearning. It's all about offering training in shorter, more focused sessions while doing more of it. And it's about doing it all through videos, mobile apps, and other online platforms.

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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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Strange excuses employees give for missing work

04/04/18 at 06:21 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Who hasn’t been late to work? We all have, right? But some make tardiness more of a habit than others. According to a new survey, when asked how often they come in late to work, 1 in 4 workers (25 percent) admitted they do it at least once a month and more than 1 in 10 (12 percent) say it's a weekly occurrence for them.

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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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Immigration agency warns employers to expect more raids, audits

02/12/18 at 06:38 PM | by Will Temby

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is putting employers on notice that it will increase Form I-9 audits, conduct more worksite raids and push them to sign up for the government’s voluntary compliance program. ICE has warned that it will quadruple the number of worksite inspections in the coming year, consistent with President Trump’s pre-election platform and post-election agenda regarding immigration reform.

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7 reasons to consider temporary work

11/21/17 at 08:14 AM | by Larry Hannappel

Looking for employment? Have you considered turning to a staffing agency? While it’s true a temp job may only last for a short stretch, here are seven reasons to give it serious consideration.

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Help for employers desperate for workers

11/10/17 at 03:31 AM | by Will Temby

The labor-force participation rate is down. That sounds like bad news. But the best explanation for the drop may actually be good news: the result of more people returning to school for training that, in the end, will make them better job candidates and yield higher earnings.

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Tax credit proposed for employee training

11/02/17 at 07:40 PM | by Larry Hannappel

H.R. 4088, also known as the Career Advancement Through New Skills Act, could mean an offset of up to $1,250 of training expenses per employee. Qualified expenses would include the cost of training or programming to improve or maintain skills needed by employers.

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Are you 'upskilling' your workforce?

10/28/17 at 09:19 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

We’re seeing it in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and elsewhere: a shortage of adequately trained employees. Indeed, more than a third of U.S. employees surveyed say they have done nothing in the past 12 months to “upskill” – defined as attending workshops, completing online courses, receiving consultation from a specialist, participating in personal coaching sessions or pursuing further education.

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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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Trump’s push to cut regs helps employers

08/11/17 at 03:21 AM | by Larry Hannappel

President Trump promised during the election campaign to undo federal regulations that he saw as overly burdensome to industry. It’s a promise his administration has been keeping.

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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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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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Construction training program seeks to fill Colorado’s 10,000-worker gap

06/26/17 at 06:33 PM | by Larry Hannappel

The shortage of construction workers in Colorado and elsewhere has been in the news for some time. The Association of General Contractors in Denver is now trying to do something about it.

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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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The downside to full employment

04/27/17 at 03:22 PM | by Lon Matejczyk

Employers in the construction world have been feeling the pain of a shortage of workers for a while already. Now just imagine what a slew of multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects might do to the employment picture. And we haven't even factored in a border wall yet.

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Bipartisan HIRE Vets Act introduced

03/27/17 at 12:15 PM | by Larry Hannappel

Lawmakers have introduced the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing Veterans Act. The measure establishes a tiered recognition program within the Department of Labor to award employers based on their contributions to veteran employment.

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IRS will accept returns without Obamacare form

02/24/17 at 03:37 AM | by Lon Matejczyk

The IRS won’t reject taxpayers’ 2016 income tax returns with missing healthcare information, but employers this year will be held to the same Obamacare reporting rules as last year. The IRS’ decision applies only to personal income tax filing. Also, penalties for noncompliance are still in place and will be enforced.

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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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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