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Arrest records should be treated differently from conviction records, according to EEOC letter

October 19th, 2011

Arrest records, because they are unreliable indicators of guilt, should be treated differently from conviction records when used to screen job applicants, according an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) informal discussion letter released on October 12. The letter, written in response to the Peace Corps’ request for comments on its proposed application for volunteers in [Read more...]

Unified talent management system needed as HR focuses on retention, workforce planning in coming years, study shows

October 19th, 2011

In today’s economy, people are a company’s most important and powerful asset. While products and processes are critical, it’s people who drive innovation, boost organizational growth and lead to future success. Those companies that most effectively recruit, assess, reward, develop and leverage their workforce, become employers of choice with employees that contribute directly to the [Read more...]

Health reform’s long term care provisions will not be implemented

October 18th, 2011

In announcing the effective halt to the long term care program established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), told Congressional leaders in an October 14 letter, “I do not see a viable path forward for…implementation at this time.”
The Community Living Assistance Services [Read more...]

Deloitte says American manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 skilled positions

October 18th, 2011

American manufacturing companies cannot fill as many as 600,000 skilled positions –even as unemployment numbers hover at historic levels –according to a new survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute. The survey, Boiling Point? The skills gap in U.S. manufacturing, polled a nationally representative sample of 1,123 executives at manufacturing companies recently and revealed that [Read more...]

State minimum wage rates to go up with inflation in 2012

October 17th, 2011

Increases in the minimum wage often involve protracted political battles, but no so for 10 states that will increase their rates in 2012. That’s because these states tie annual increases in their minimums to increases in the cost of living.
The minimum wage will increase by 28 cents next year in Colorado; 30 cents in Montana, [Read more...]