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US outsourcing took a hit due to high unemployment; market uncertainty took its toll on global outsourcing as well

January 21st, 2011

At the beginning of each year, Morrison & Foerster’s Global Sourcing Group surveys lawyers in Asia, Europe, and the United States regarding the current state of the world’s outsourcing market and emerging trends likely to shape that market over the next twelve months. In this year’s update, the lawyers comment on the overall state of [Read more...]

Governor issues executive order barring project labor agreements

January 20th, 2011

Claiming that the increasing number of Project Labor Agreements in Iowa has “impacted the essence and the spirit of the competitive bidding process for state funded projects,” Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed an executive order barring the use of PLA’s for Iowa state and municipal projects. In doing so, Branstad has rescinded an executive [Read more...]

Nearly three-in-four workers go to work when they are sick, survey finds

January 20th, 2011

A new CareerBuilder survey finds that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of workers typically go to work when they are sick. Workplace pressures and “presenteeism” may be causing workers to go in under the weather, as more than half (55 percent) of workers said they feel guilty if they call in sick. The CareerBuilder survey was [Read more...]

Bill would require federal employees to take two-week unpaid furlough

January 19th, 2011

A bill introduced last week to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform would require all federal civilian employees to take a two-week unpaid furlough. H.R. 270 would force the employees to take a non-consecutive furlough in Fiscal Year 2012 and would, according to its sponsor, Representative Mike Coffman (R-Col.) save the federal [Read more...]

US companies increased training budget by average of 2 percent in 2010, study finds

January 19th, 2011

US companies increased their training investment in 2010, following double-digit budget cuts in each of the prior two years, according to Bersin & Associates’ just-published comprehensive study, The Corporate Learning Factbook 2011: Benchmarks, Trends and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market . Companies on average spent two percent more on training in 2010 than in [Read more...]