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94% of job growth since 2005 is temporary

The percentage of workers engaged in alternative work arrangements – defined as temporary help agency workers, on-call workers, contract workers, and independent contractors or freelancers – rose from 10.7 percent in February 2005 to 15.8 percent in late 2015, according to a Princeton study. “We found that 94% of net job growth in the past decade…
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U.S.​ ​employers​ report​ ​most​ ​optimistic​ ​hiring outlook​ ​in​ ​a​ ​decade

U.S. employers report the strongest hiring intentions in 10 years as employers across the country look to add staff in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey. According to the report, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q1 2018. 21% plan to hire, while just…
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December 2017 employment: US adds 148,000 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 4.1%, while the economy added 148,000 jobs, in December. Employment gains occurred in health care, construction, and manufacturing. The labor force participation rate, at 62.7 percent, was unchanged over…
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Gig economy set to impact background screening in 2018

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation, according to population estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau (shared by Pew Research). With millennials being a more transient, adaptable, and flexible generation that those before, we’re sure to see such population trends have an impact on employment. In one particular…
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Study: 38% of employers have lost candidates due to poor background screening processes

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 38% of employers have lost a candidate because they had a negative experience with their background check. However, less than half of HR managers who conduct background checks have tested their background check experience themselves. And when employers do test their process, they identify a less than ideal candidate experience,…
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New DOT drug testing panel to take effect January 1, 2018

In response to the current opioid crisis, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has made a final ruling on new DOT drug testing panels. These will go into effect on January 1, 2018. The DOT drug testing program will now include testing for expanded opiates – including hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. These four semi-synthetic opioids have been…
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California's about to make cannabis legally available to everyone. Here's how employers can deal with it.

On January 1, 2018, anyone in California will be able to buy cannabis, legally, as long as they’re over 21 years of age. But, it’s not quite that simple. “The problem that California employers will have … is you have a state law that allows uses for recreational purposes, but of course you still have…
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November 2017 employment: US adds 228,000 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 4.1%, while the economy added 228,000 jobs, in November. The labor force participation rate remained at 62.7 percent in November and has shown no clear trend over the…
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Uber fined $8.9 million for Colorado background checks

Last month, Colorado regulators fined Uber $8.9 million for allowing 57 drivers with criminal or motor vehicle offenses onto its network. “We have determined that Uber had background check information that should have disqualified these drivers under the law, but they were allowed to drive anyway,” Doug Dean, director of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, CPUC,…
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