Lots of time to stay inside and read during this stormy, rainy week. Good news from Careerbuilder on the quarterly job forecast, interesting developments with a few key HR legal issues, some advice on employee retention and much more in this week’s new roundup. I am interested in any comments anyone might have on some of the items below this week.
CAREERBUILDER AND USA TODAY’S Q2 2011 JOB FORECAST: The quarterly hiring outlook for the U.S. is the strongest in three years, according to the latest nationwide survey of employers and workers from CareerBuilder and USA TODAY. Nearly three-in-ten employers (28 percent) added 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 jobs in the second quarter.
1099 Repeal Bill Passes Senate: Following months of procedural and political back and forth, stand-alone legislation that would repeal the 1099 tax reporting requirement for businesses included in the Affordable Care Act (or the health care reform law) was signed by President Barack Obama on April 15. More here from the Indianapolis Chamber...
HR Jobs Picking up: Job postings for HR and recruiting positions were up 34 percent year-over-year in March and job-seeker clicks on those ads increased by 51 percent, according to Indeed.com, which aggregates employment ads from a variety of online job boards and company websites. Get more of the story here from Hireonline…
Staffing industry employment rose 7 percent year over year in April and was up 1 percent from the previous month, according to the American Staffing Association’s monthly staffing employment survey, released yesterday. The index stands at 92 for April, up one point from March, the ASA reported. Staffing employment is typically lowest during the first few months of each year and grows throughout the subsequent months. The index measures changes in the number of temporary and contract workers.
Want to Keep Your Employees? Give Them Growth Opportunities : In a global study from consulting firm BlessingWhite, employees revealed they stick with a job because they like the work they do. However, they often leave to advance their career. More from Business News Daily….
Tables turned: Employer wins settlement from EEOC: Good news for employers: A federal judge has slapped down the EEOC for pursuing a bias case the agency knew it couldn’t win.
Supreme Court Rules that Companies Can Ban Class Actions: From Recruiter.com. Think about all the people whom you helped find jobs. How many of them are for private companies? Probably the image that you like to conjure in your mind is an image in which workers are able to stand up for themselves. As of now, things have changed for workers.
Does A Higher Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?: Minimum wage supporters are hoping to prompt at least a few states to act. In Illinois, for example, some lawmakers have been pushing to raise the state minimum wage up to $10.65 in steps over four years. So far, they have not been successful. In fact, no state has voted to increase the minimum wage this year. More from NPR…