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Global survey reveals companies still fail to communicate strategy, nurture top performers, or accurately align pay-for-performance

April 6th, 2011

Companies today are not effectively executing against strategy and the business leaders know it, with 80 percent recognizing that they are not doing their best to communicate strategy through the organization, let alone execute against it, according to new research commissioned by SuccessFactors, Inc. and Accenture. With global power shifting from West to East, the [Read more...]

State legislature’s work rule reforms at Chicago convention center preempted by NLRA

April 5th, 2011

Attempts by the Illinois legislature to bring down labor costs at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center by reforming the center’s work rules were preempted by the NLRA, a federal district court in Illinois has ruled (Local 727 v Metro Pier and Exposition Auth, March 31, 2011, Guzman, R). The legislative efforts were regulatory in nature [Read more...]

Multifaceted challenges warrant re-examination of key provisions of H-1B visa program

April 5th, 2011

The GAO issued a report highlighting the challenges faced by the H-1B program, the program for hiring temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations. Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year at [Read more...]

Employees’ claims of political discrimination provided enough detail to provide defendant with fair notice of claim

April 4th, 2011

Allegations in a complaint by 14 maintenance and domestic workers that they were unconstitutionally terminated from their public employment at a governor’s mansion because they belonged to an opposition party stated a plausible claim of political discrimination, ruled the First Circuit (Ocasio-Hernandez v Fortuno-Burset, April 1, 2011, Lipez, K). The appeals court concluded that a [Read more...]

Quarterly hiring outlook strongest in three years, CareerBuilder’s latest job forecast shows

April 4th, 2011

According to CareerBuilder and USA TODAY’s latest job forecast, nearly three-in-ten employers (28 percent) report they hired full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of 2011, the highest since the first quarter of 2008. The momentum is expected to continue with the same amount of employers planning to add full-time, permanent positions in the second [Read more...]