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National Survey: American Businesses Struggling to Hire STEM Talent Due to Increasing Scarcity, Higher Costs and Government Fees       The American Competitiveness Alliance is a coalition of organizations dedicated to a modern immigration policy that ensures America’s global competitiveness by attracting and keeping talent and know-how here in the United States.  WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2016… Read more »

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Department of Labor Releases 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report American Staffing Association (02/26/16)  Toby Malara The 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance. As of the end of 2015, four states and jurisdictions (California, Connecticut, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) still had outstanding loans… Read more »

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Interview No-Nos: Screaming, Stealing, Lying—and Bringing Your Pet Bird HR and hiring managers share stories of weirdest interview moments By Dana Wilkie  1/14/2016 SHRM Your job candidate sits down, takes a family photo off your desk and deposits it into her purse. Another one slips off her shoe, pulls out some Johnson’s baby lotion and… Read more »

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Employers May Be Held Liable for Employees’ Cyberbullying By Allen Smith  2/10/2016 If evidence of cyberbullying connects back to work, however tenuously, employers may be on the hook. A stand-alone cyberbullying policy may not be necessary to address the problem, according to Nathan Pangrace, an attorney with Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland. But harassment policies… Read more »

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PRESS RELEASE 2-11-16 EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data Retaliation, Race Discrimination and Harassment Persist; Disability Charges Increase WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2015. Retaliation charges increased by nearly 5 percent… Read more »

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When Does Off-Duty Use of Smartphones Result in Compensable Overtime? Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC USA   January 26, 2016 As you may already know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) salary requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will be revised in 2016, making millions of additional employees eligible… Read more »

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U.S. small businesses boost hiring in January: NFIB WASHINGTON A ”Now Hiring” sign hangs on the door to the Urban Outfitters store at Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts Reuters/Brian Snyder U.S. small businesses stepped up hiring in January after taking a pause in December and many continued to point to difficulty finding qualified workers, a… Read more »

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Summertime Blues? Solicitor of Labor Eyes July Publication of Overtime Regs By Seyfarth Shaw LLP on February 1st, 2016 Posted in DOL Enforcement Authored by Alex Passantino Pinning down a publication date for the DOL’s final revisions to the white-collar exemption rules has proven difficult for anyone outside of the agency’s headquarters. Sometimes, the answer seems… Read more »

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Did the groundhog see his shadow?   Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Did Not See His Shadow Updated February 2, 20169:01 AM ET Published February 2, 20167:25 AM ET Bill Chappell Twitter i A screengrab of a video by the tourism website of the state of Pennsylvania shows the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil being watched for signs… Read more »