Initiative launched to help match jobs with the unique skills veterans bring to the marketplace

DirectEmployers Association (, a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading US employers, announced on April 6 an extensive online program to assist transitioning military personnel in all branches of our armed forces, their spouses, dependents, and caregivers in quickly and efficiently finding employment. The program will provide military personnel and their dependents access to […]

Two in five organizations making greater use of independent contractors

As many as 41 percent of employers have used more independent contractors over the past two years, according to an online survey of 430 senior human resource executives conducted by Right Management. Asked if their organizations had seen an increase in the use of independent contractors in the last two years, 41 percent of respondents […]

Global survey reveals companies still fail to communicate strategy, nurture top performers, or accurately align pay-for-performance

Companies today are not effectively executing against strategy and the business leaders know it, with 80 percent recognizing that they are not doing their best to communicate strategy through the organization, let alone execute against it, according to new research commissioned by SuccessFactors, Inc. and Accenture. With global power shifting from West to East, the […]

Multifaceted challenges warrant re-examination of key provisions of H-1B visa program

The GAO issued a report highlighting the challenges faced by the H-1B program, the program for hiring temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations. Congress created the H-1B program in 1990 to enable U.S. employers to hire temporary, foreign workers in specialty occupations. The law capped the number of H-1B visas issued per fiscal year at […]

Quarterly hiring outlook strongest in three years, CareerBuilder’s latest job forecast shows

According to CareerBuilder and USA TODAY’s latest job forecast, nearly three-in-ten employers (28 percent) report they hired full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of 2011, the highest since the first quarter of 2008. The momentum is expected to continue with the same amount of employers planning to add full-time, permanent positions in the second […]

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. release survey results:job cuts lowest since 1995

While government-sector job cuts rose to their highest level in 12 months, the pace of downsizing declined in March as employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 41,528 jobs during the month, down 18 percent from 50,702 job cuts announced in February. The report on March job-cut announcements released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, […]

HR State Law Summaries Update – April 2011

Arkansas Health Insurance Benefit Coverage Law To the extent that the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders are not already covered by a health benefit plan, coverage shall be included in a health benefit plan that is delivered, executed, issued, amended, adjusted, or renewed in this state on or after October 1, 2011 (Act […]

HR State Law Summaries Update – March 2011

Alabama Unemployment Insurance Law Since the trust fund balance was less than 70% of the desired level at the end of 2010, Schedule D of the tax table continues to apply in calendar year 2011. Rates in that schedule range from 0.59% to 6.74%. In addition, the Shared Cost Assessment for 2011 is 1.6%. Note […]

HR State Law Summaries Update – February 2011

California Minimum Wage Law The current living wage for both the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland is $11.15 per hour with benefits, and $12.82 per hour without benefits. The current living wage for the City of San Jose is $12.94 per hour with benefits, and $14.19 per hour without benefits (CA ¶5-1000). […]

HR State Law Summaries Update – January 2011

Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Law The broken arm that a certified nurses assistant (CNA) suffered while on a smoke break after attending mandatory paid in-service training and before she received her paycheck was a compensable injury, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled (Jonesboro Care and Rehab Ctr v Woods, December 10, 2010, Gunter, J). Her employer contended […]