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White House encourages discussion of workplace flexibility with launch of Work-Flex Event Starter Kit

July 21st, 2010

Vice President Biden held a Middle Class Task Force event on July 20, discussing solutions for families balancing the dual demands of work and caring for family. During the event, the White House’s Work-Flex Event Starter Kit, which was designed to encourage greater dialogue around workplace flexibility at the community level and bring people together [Read more...]

ALPA offers plan to revitalize airline industry; leans heavily on better pay, streamlined regulations

July 21st, 2010

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has presented a five-point plan for revitalizing the airline industry, one that its president, Capt. John Prater, says will depend upon a “renewed commitment to strengthen our industry in every area—safety, security, and labor relations.” Prater addressed more than 150 policy makers, regulatory agency and airline representatives, journalists, and [Read more...]

Study reveals value employers and HR place on professional certification

July 20th, 2010

A global survey of more than 1,500 HR professionals shows that HR employees place a high premium on professional HR certification because it reflects the practical and professional experience of the certificant, shows a commitment to lifelong learning, and helps with career advancement. Interestingly, certification was found to be more valued in the U.S. by [Read more...]

Connecticut DOL contacts employers, individuals about computer theft

July 20th, 2010

The Connecticut Department of Labor notified approximately 5,000 individuals and employers by mail that a laptop computer was stolen within the past week from a secured environment during a recent break-in at the agency’s Bridgeport Office. The computer contained confidential information about unemployment insurance claimants who had wage discrepancy complaints, and certain employers in the [Read more...]

Consumer prices dip slightly in June for third straight month

July 19th, 2010

Consumer prices as measured by the Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers index (CPI-W) fell slightly in June, down 0.1 percent over the month prior to seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 16. The CPI-W, which is used as an escalator in union contracts and in federal entitlement payments, registered a June [Read more...]