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  • EEOC Warns Against Illegal Job-Screening Tactics

    08/21/2010 4:54:38 AM PDT · by svxdave · 43 replies ^ | August 12, 2010 | Associated Press via
    Companies using criminal records or bad credit reports to screen out job applicants might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws as the government steps up scrutiny of hiring policies that could hurt blacks and Hispanics. A blanket refusal to hire workers based on criminal records or credit problems can be illegal if it has a disparate impact on racial minorities, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency enforces the nation's employment discrimination laws. "Our sense is that the problem is snowballing because of the technology allowing these checks to be done with a fair amount of ease," said Carol...
  • If Private Sector Is Hiring, Why Is the Jobs Market So Bad?

    08/17/2010 1:09:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/17/2010 | Albert Bozzo
    One of the biggest obstacles to job growth may actually surprise most Americans: as fast as the private sector is creating jobs, the government is shedding them. And the cuts are far from over. Despite all the gloom and doom about the US economy, the private sector actually created 620,000 jobs over the past seven months, far faster than in the previous two recessions. The private sector is adding jobs now—that's good--because a year ago we were sliding toward oblivion,' says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute. The problem, economists say, is that the pace of hiring...
  • Why I'm Not Hiring

    08/10/2010 6:10:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 46 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | AUGUST 9, 2010 | MICHAEL P. FLEISCHER
    Why I'm Not Hiring When you add it all up, it costs $74,000 to put $44,000 in Sally's pocket and to give her $12,000 in benefits. By MICHAEL P. FLEISCHER With unemployment just under 10% and companies sitting on their cash, you would think that sooner or later job growth would take off. I think it's going to be later—much later. Here's why. Meet Sally (not her real name; details changed to preserve privacy). Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay among the 83 people at my little company...
  • Weak private hiring shows recovery on the ropes

    08/06/2010 9:07:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/10 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Private employers added fewer workers to their payrolls in July than expected and hiring in June was much weaker than had been thought, a blow to an economic recovery that is failing to gain traction. The dismal news on jobs poses a challenge to Democrats hoping to retain their congressional majorities in November elections, as well as to officials at the Federal Reserve who are debating whether more needs to be done to foster growth. Overall non-farm payrolls fell 131,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, as temporary government jobs to conduct the decennial census...
  • Sorry, Most U.S. Companies Just Don't Want To Hire Anyone

    07/19/2010 7:30:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/19/2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    Mixed signals have come out of the latest survey from the National Association of Business Economists. On the one hand, the percentage of companies expecting to hire more workers has hit the highest level in two and a half years. NABE: The percentage of firms increasing payrolls increased to 31%—a dramatic increase versus a year ago when only 6% were seeing hiring gains. The percentage of firms cutting jobs continued to move lower—from 36% a year ago to 14% this July. The share of respondents expecting their firms to add employees over the coming six months rose to 39%, the...
  • Policing Illegal Hires Puts Some Employers in a Bind

    07/16/2010 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 July 2010 | Miriam Jordan
    Even as the Obama administration cracks down on companies that hire illegal immigrants, it is simultaneously going after employers that it says go too far in vetting job applicants to ensure they are entitled to work in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security currently is auditing employment records of many companies suspected of hiring undocumented workers. Yet in an emerging paradox for businesses, the Justice Department and other agencies have stepped up probes of employers—including restaurant groups, factories and retailers—for allegedly violating anti-discrimination laws by demanding too many identity documents from applicants who aren't U.S. citizens. To fend off...
  • Wall St. Hiring in Anticipation of an Economic Recovery(NY libs anxious for tricke-down)

    07/12/2010 7:11:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/10/10 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    July 10, 2010 Wall St. Hiring in Anticipation of an Economic Recovery By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ While much of the country remains fixated on the bleak employment picture, hiring is beginning to pick up in the place that led the economy into recession — Wall Street. The shift underscores the remarkable recovery of the biggest banks and brokerage firms since Washington rescued them in the fall of 2008, and follows the huge rebound in profits for members of the New York Stock Exchange, which totaled $61.4 billion in 2009, the most ever. Since employment bottomed out in February, New York...
  • One Business Filed 37,375 Bad W-2 Forms -- and Is Getting Away With It

    07/07/2010 9:30:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | July 7, 2010 | Terry Jeffrey
    A single employer filed 37,375 W-2 forms in tax year 2005 on which the Social Security Number and the name did not match. These "no-match" W-2 forms often -- but not always -- represent an illegal-alien worker fraudulently using someone else's Social Security number or a fake number. An employer who files 37,375 no-match W-2s in one year is almost certainly employing many thousands of illegal aliens -- and knows it. Yet there is no indication our federal government has taken any action to stop this employer from continuing to employ mass numbers of illegal aliens. The unemployment rate was...
  • Stimulus Surprise: Companies Retrench When Government Spends

    06/18/2010 7:27:30 AM PDT · by bigbob · 5 replies · 303+ views
    Harvard Business School ^ | 5-24-10 | Sean Silverthorne
    New research from Harvard Business School suggests that federal spending in states appears to cause local businesses to cut back rather than grow. A conversation with Joshua Coval. Key concepts include: * The average state experiences a 40 to 50 percent increase in earmark spending if its senator becomes chair of one of the top-three congressional committees. In the House, the average is around 20 percent. * For broader measures of spending, such as discretionary state-level federal transfers, the increase from being represented by a powerful senator is around 10 percent. * In the year that follows a congressman's ascendancy,...
  • 95% of new jobs from Census hiring (Hey, let's have a census every month to lower unemployment /s)

    06/04/2010 8:07:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 267+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 06/04/2010 | Ed Lasky
    The Labor Department released sobering news this morning. Payrolls rose by 431,000 last month. That may sound good on the surface, but is far less than the median forecast of 536,000 jobs. But it gets worse: of the 431,000 jobs, 411,000 of them were census workers. Those are government jobs, not private sector jobs -- and are temporary. That means the private sector hired a mere 41,000 more workers in the past month. The unemployment rate fell a bit -- but only because of the way that figure is calculated. The unemployment rate only measures those people seeking work. If...
  • A Jobless Rate Still Unaffected by New Hiring

    06/04/2010 3:14:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 892+ views
    NYT ^ | 06/04/10 | MOTOKO RICH
    A Jobless Rate Still Unaffected by New Hiring By MOTOKO RICH SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — After hemorrhaging jobs for months, the economy is finally starting to add them. Yet the unemployment rate is not really budging because of people like Regina Myles. Ms. Myles, 51, has been out of work for three years. After a grueling job search yielded 150 interviews but no offers, she simply stopped looking last fall. Then this spring, with a $3,000 government-funded grant to help pay for a training course at a local beauty school in this Chicago suburb, she began applying for jobs online and...
  • Jobs Data Likely To Show Burst Of Temporary Hiring (Census Workers)

    06/03/2010 10:06:42 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 346+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-3-2010 | JEANNINE AVERSA
    Jobs Data Likely To Show Burst Of Temporary Hiring (Census Workers) By JEANNINE AVERSA, AP EconomicsJune 3, 2010 WASHINGTON – The nation's employers likely unleashed a wave of hiring last month, but it probably won't be repeated. Most of the jobs expected to have been generated in May were for census workers hired on a temporary basis by the federal government. Such hiring is expected to have peaked in May and then begin tailing off in June. By contrast, hiring by private employers — the backbone of the economy — may have slowed down a bit in May.All told, the...
  • Are You Looking For A Job? (Summer Edition)

    06/02/2010 12:25:41 AM PDT · by Cindy · 205 replies · 998+ views
    Various Sources/Job Links ^ | Updated June 2, 2010 | n/a
    Are you unemployed? Are you employed, but looking around for another job? Are you looking for an extra job, part-time job, work from home job, starting your own business, or finding a good turn-key business? Are you looking for a job for yourself, a family member or a friend? If any of these apply, this is the thread to bookmark.
  • Census Hires Sex Offender and Alledged Rapist To Go Door-To-Door

    05/24/2010 4:18:08 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 6 replies · 354+ views ^ | Updated May 24, 2010 | unknown
    Sen. Shelby Slams Census Bureau for Allowing Sex Offenders to Go Door-to-Door After two cases of alleged criminals going door-to-door to take surveys, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said Monday that the U.S. Census Bureau must do more to prevent hiring census takers with a criminal background. After two cases of alleged criminals going door-to-door to take surveys, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said Monday that the U.S. Census Bureau must do more to prevent hiring census takers with a criminal background. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke sent Monday, Shelby wrote that when he asked Locke during a...
  • Largest hiring burst in years, but jobless rate up

    05/07/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 833+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/7/10 | Jeannine aversa - AP
    WASHINGTON – The economy got what it needed in April: A burst of hiring that added a net 290,000 jobs, the biggest monthly total in four years. The improving picture caused so many more people to pour into the labor force in search of employment that the jobless rate rose from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent. The hiring last month of 66,000 temporary government workers to conduct the census added to overall job creation. But private employers — the backbone of the economy — contributed the most: A surprisingly strong 231,000 jobs, the most since March 2006, the Labor Department...
  • Is Actual Unemployment Rate Nearing 20 Percent?

    04/16/2010 11:30:07 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 17 replies · 858+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 4-16-10 | Bob McCarty
    The Obama Administration appears to be floating a "trial balloon" to test public reaction to unemployment numbers double the 9.7 percent they so often tout.
  • Tech Sector in Hiring Drive (Companies Add Workers as Profits Snap Back; Start-Ups Fight for Talent)

    04/16/2010 6:53:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 719+ views
    The technology industry, an engine of innovation and U.S. prosperity for more than half a century, is accelerating its recovery from the recession with surging earnings that have spurred companies to sharply ramp up their hiring. The latest evidence for the rebound came Thursday, when Internet giant Google Inc. posted a 37% profit jump for the first quarter and chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported a 34% revenue increase to record levels. The results follow the strong showing of bellwether Intel Corp., which Tuesday announced quarterly profit that nearly quadrupled on a 44% jump in sales. The trio of...
  • Business Owner Says Economy Not Turning Around

    04/15/2010 7:56:41 AM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 7 replies · 358+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 4-15-10 | Bob McCarty
    Job creation simply isn't taking place, according to Rick Misch, president a firm that provides criminal records checks for employment screening companies.
  • Private sector hiring lifts March payrolls

    04/03/2010 7:54:39 AM PDT · by mlocher · 20 replies · 555+ views
    Reuters via ^ | April 2, 2010 | Lucia Mutikani
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. non-farm payrolls, a key measure of the economy's health, rose in March for only the third time since recession struck in late 2007 as the private sector stepped up hiring at the fastest pace in almost three years. Employers added 162,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 9.7 percent for the third straight month. The payrolls increase was the largest since March 2007 as private employers hired more workers than expected, but temporary hiring for the census was less than what economists had forecast. Payrolls for January...
  • Holding back job growth? Workers' awesome output (is our worker productivity holding back hiring?)

    03/31/2010 7:01:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 618+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 03/31/2010 | Neil Irwin
    When workers become more efficient, it's normally a good thing. But lately, it has acted as a powerful brake on job creation. And the question of whether the recent surge in productivity has run its course is the key to whether job growth is finally poised to take off. One of the great surprises of the economic downturn that began 27 months ago is this: Businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks...