Job Openings Rise to Record High While Hiring Slips in the U.S.

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 3:01 PM WASHINGTON, D.C.—A deluge of job openings flooded the domestic labor market in April, making it the best month for work availability in the data series' nearly 15-year history, according to a report released earlier this month by the Labor Department. The number of job openings in the U.S. rose in April to a record high of 6.04 million, according to the department's JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary) report.

Are Your Benefit Plans Compliant?

By Staff
Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:28 PM NEW YORK—This question is often answered, “Of course they can,” but will they ever? All employers can try to be compliant so they can stand the rigors of a Department of Labor audit or a disgruntled employee’s lawsuit. The reason for seeking complete compliance is found in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, which applies the same compliance requirements and standards to an employer with two employees as it does to larger companies.

Research Shows Nearly 40 Percent of U.S. Workers Prefer ‘Gig’ Work

By Staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:27 PM NEW YORK—About 4 in 10 U.S. workers would prefer to work outside of the traditional, full-time, salaried 40-hour work week, according to new research, conducted by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), a staffing advisory firm based in Mountain View, California.

Future Work Force—Human Jobs or Artificial Intelligence?

By Hedley Lawson
Friday, April 7, 2017 12:00 PM NEW YORK—The articles are abundant, including those that I have written for Vision Monday—robots and Artifical Intelligence (AI) are quickly entering the future of work. One famous study predicted 47 percent of today’s jobs may be automated by 2034

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Releases National Origin Discrimination Guidance

By Staff
Monday, January 30, 2017 11:29 AM NEW YORK—The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination, intended to communicate the EEOC's position on legal issues. The guidance discusses a variety of employment situations, including topics such as job segregation, human trafficking and intersectional discrimination, and outlines promising practices.

The EEOC also published a question-and-answer publication and a small business fact sheet that highlights practical tips from the guidance in plain language.

Shire Names Sushanta Mallick as VP, Global Development Lead for Ophthalmics

By Staff
Monday, January 30, 2017 12:21 AM LEXINGTON, Mass—Shire has named Sushanta Mallick to its ophthalmics team as vice president and global development lead for clinical development, ophthalmics, according to a company announcement.

MacuLogix Appoints McPhee to Succeed Edwards as Chief Executive Officer

By Staff
Monday, December 26, 2016 12:15 PM MIDDLETOWN, Pa.—MacuLogix Inc., a pioneer in the early detection and tracking of retinal diseases, has appointed William McPhee as chief executive officer, effective Dec. 19. According to a company statement, McPhee continues as director of the company, a role he has held since 2012.

Following the Bouncing Ball on the ‘New’ Overtime Rules

By Staff
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:08 AM NEW YORK—On Nov. 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a request for a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor (DOL) "from implementing and enforcing" the new regulations increasing the salary basis test for overtime exemptions, set to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.

Open Enrollment Tips Health Care Benefits in 2017

By Staff
Monday, October 31, 2016 3:45 PM NEW YORK—Once a year, company owners, managers and HR pros see the annual Open Enrollment season as an opportunity to personally engage with employees by helping them to make choices that will safeguard their health and financial well-being. Before starting this year’s process, here are a few tips you should review before putting your plans into action.

Why You Need to Implement Job Descriptions in Your Business

By Hedley Lawson
Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:05 PM

NEW YORK—As you may already know, there is no state or federal law that requires employers to have job descriptions. But as we have all found in our businesses, job descriptions can be helpful tools for both practical and other legal reasons. Here are some of the most important reasons.

Employers Face Stiffer Fines for Not Reporting Severe Job Injuries

By Hedley Lawson, Contributing Editor
Thursday, June 30, 2016 4:11 PM NEW YORK—Employers are facing higher penalties for failing to report severe injuries and illnesses under a revised policy issued by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Difficulties in Recruiting Lead to a Growing Temporary Work Force

By Hedley Lawson
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 11:41 AM NEW YORK—Some 76 percent of companies are using contingent labor to enhance their work force and close talent gaps, according to the Definitive Guide to Building a Better Workforce report released by Adecco Staffing USA. The study surveyed execs regarding the types of talent  needed, the skills that are most difficult to find and how they’re using  labor and recruiting methods to strengthen their work forces.

What Will New Federal Overtime Rules Mean for Your Business?

By Staff
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours and wages for workers will increase by $12 billion over the next 10 years, according to the White House. To find out the particulars of the overtime rule and see how it might affect your business, read the full story in HR Corner.

What Will New Federal Overtime Rules Mean for Your Business?

By Staff
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:08 PM NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Labor  recently announced the highly anticipated federal overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act. When the final rule becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million white collar workers will become entitled to overtime pay when they work extra hours, according to the White House.

Understanding State Sick Leave Laws

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2016 10:49 AM NEW YORK—State and local laws requiring employers to provide paid sick time are growing across the country. California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., currently mandate paid sick time, while at least one county and 17 cities have enacted similar laws.
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