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Continued momentum in US hiring intentions
Manpower    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Optimism among U.S. hiring decision makers continues to improve as a slightly increased hiring pace is expected for the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released by ManpowerGroup. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the net employment outlook for first quarter 2013 is plus-12 percent, a 1 percentage point increase from Q4 2012 and slightly elevated from plus-9 percent during the same period last year. More

Workplace distractions: Here's why you won't finish this article
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the boss's assistant, or glance at the Facebook or Twitter messages popping up in the corner of your screen. Off-screen, in your open-plan office, crosstalk about a colleague's preschooler might lure you away, or a co-worker may stop by your desk for a quick question. And bosses wonder why it is tough to get any work done. More

Do employers have FMLA obligations to independent contractors?
Human Resources Executive Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The answer to this question turns on who is the actual "employer" for an individual, and whether the company and the staffing agency may be considered "joint employers" under the FMLA. More

Elance predicts 2013 will be the year of the freelancer
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Elance has released its 2013 Online Work Predictions, forecasting the hotspots and key drivers of online work, a category which is expected to more than double in 2013. "The staffing industry is ripe for disruption and the fundamental drivers of online work's growth — instant access to high quality talent, speed of hiring and cost savings — align with business needs of all sizes," said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance. More

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Albany among 89 major markets adding private-sector jobs
Albany Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Albany region added 5,000 private-sector jobs between October 2011 and October 2012, joining nearly 90 percent of the nation's major markets increase employment during that period. More

Most markets add jobs, but Buffalo suffers a slight loss
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Nearly 90 percent of the nation's major markets added private-sector jobs during the past 12 months. Buffalo was not among them. The local drop was minimal. The Buffalo area lost 100 jobs during the past year, a slip of 0.02 percent. More

Find great rank-and-file workers
Crain's New York Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having a good process for rank-and-file hires is likely to become more important in years to come. A 2012 report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that low-skill service jobs were the fastest-growing sector in downstate New York and northern New Jersey from 1980 to 2010. That means that other employers are likely to be vying for the best workers at this level. Here are some strategies for attracting and retaining the best low-skilled and semi-skilled workers. More

2012 employment law year in review
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Have you been hunkered down deep in an underground bunker for the better part of the last year, ignoring your human resources duties, and now you feel out of the loop about what happened over the past 12 months? Fear not, Fisher & Phillips presents you with its annual review of the last year in the world of labor and employment law. More

Indianapolis hotel workers net settlement in union-backed wage-and-hour lawsuit
The Indianapolis Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A union-backed wage-and-hour lawsuit by 16 Indianapolis hotel workers against a national staffing company has been settled. Workers' claims amounted to several hundred to several thousand dollars apiece in the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Indianapolis in January and wasn't scheduled to go to trial until next October. Settlement terms are confidential, said Jeffrey Macey, an attorney for the workers. More

Were EEOC's demands on staffing firm overreaching?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Jamaican immigrant in Maryland applied for work through the local office of a nationwide staffing firm. He was given a month-long assignment that he successfully completed. Two subsequent employers let him go, citing poor performance. More than a year later, when it placed him again, the staffing firm discovered that the worker couldn't read or write. More


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