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Archive for November 2018

Nearly 130 Chicago school workers out after background check review

A review of Chicago Public Schools’ background checks prompted by a newspaper investigation has resulted in 128 school district employees being terminated, recommended for dismissal or simply resigning under scrutiny. Among the 128 workers were nine teachers, 35 people classified as classroom aides, and an unspecified number of people the district lists as substitute or…

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Workplace crime costs businesses $50 billion a year

A 2017 study by Hiscox, a global specialist insurer, found that U.S. businesses affected by employee theft lost an average of $1.13 million in 2016. According to Statistic Brain, it’s a crime that costs U.S. businesses $50 billion each year. Small and midsize businesses were hit disproportionately, representing 68% of the cases. Shockingly, 22% of cases were related…

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Study: 1/3 of employees feel the greatest sense of belonging at work

Good news for employers: a third of workers feel the greatest sense of belonging in the workplace, according to EY’s Belonging Barometer study. The workplace came second in this regard, with 62% of survey respondents feeling a greater sense of belonging in their home. While today’s social climate has been associated with controversy and disagreements, this study…

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Voters in three states approve marijuana laws

According to recent polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Center, the majority of Americans (61%) support legalization of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational purposes. This was evident on Election Day 2018, when voters in three states approved new marijuana laws. Voters approved medical marijuana laws in Missouri and Utah, while Michigan voters approved a recreational…

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Employee hair drug testing: how does it work?

While urine drug tests have been the go-to for employers for many years, more and more employers are shifting towards hair drug testing. And it’s clear why. Hair drug testing provides up to a 90-day view of drug use history, compared to a urine drug test which may only be a few days. Additionally, some…

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October 2018 employment: US adds 250,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, while the economy added 250,000 jobs, in October. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, in construction, and in transportation and warehousing. The number of…

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