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Mass layoff events decreased again in September, for third consecutive month

October 25th, 2010

Employers took 1,486 mass layoff actions in September that resulted in the separation of 133,379 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported. Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events [Read more...]

Austin Foam Plastics settles EEOC harassment suit for $600,000 but denies liability, citing desire to save litigation costs

October 22nd, 2010

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was pleased to announce that Austin Foam Plastics, Inc (AFP), a producer and distributor of corrugated box and cushion packaging, will pay $600,000 to settle a racial harassment, sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the agency. But calling it a “no fault settlement,” the company cites its [Read more...]

Employer use of credit checks prevalent, but validity as screening tool unknown

October 22nd, 2010

After four hours of testimony by nine panelists appearing at an EEOC meeting on October 20, 2010, it was clear both that many employers feel compelled to use credit histories in making hiring and other employment decisions and that the practice has not been shown to be a valid predictor of job performance. Chair Jacqueline [Read more...]

Law departments reducing their total spending

October 21st, 2010

A recent survey conducted by the consulting firm Hildebrandt Baker Robbins (HBR) indicates that, for the first time in ten years, law departments across the country are cutting their total spending. Over 60 percent of the departments polled said that they had cut the amount they spent on outside counsel, but the survey did note [Read more...]

CareerBuilder survey finds 40 percent of employers likely to hire seasonal workers on a permanent basis

October 21st, 2010

Seasonal jobs may be the foot in the door job seekers are looking for in a competitive job market, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. Two-in-five employers (40 percent) who are hiring seasonal workers in the fourth quarter this year said they will likely transition some into full-time, permanent employees, up from 31 percent [Read more...]