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Common houseplants can help filter, remove pollutants from the air at your office

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Feeling depleted at the office might not be solely due to a heavy workload or taxing project that’s come across Read Full Article »

One-fourth of new hires leave the job within the first year

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One-fourth of all newly-hired individuals leave their company within a year of being hired, according to a recent survey of HR professionals. Read Full Article »

EEOC approves guidance on use of arrest and conviction records in hiring

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On April 25 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved updated guidance relating to an employer’s use of criminal background checks Read Full Article »

TED’s new interactive platform a potentially-powerful tool for employee training

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Encouraging “ideas worth spreading” TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) facilitates access to noteworthy information from some of the greatest and most interesting minds Read Full Article »

Regular exercise leads to higher income, study suggests

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There are all sorts of reasons to incorporate exercise into one’s personal regime, from weight loss to increased energy levels. Health and well-being aside, a new study suggests that regular exercise also has a financial incentive. Workers who exercise on a frequent basis were shown to earn 9% more than those who did not.

Temporary work brings many benefits

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A CareerBuilder survey found that more than a third (35%) of American companies are working with smaller staffs than before the recession. Almost the same amount (36%) said they planned on filling any worker voids in their operations with contract or temporary workers in 2012. These figures have been steadily climbing since 2009, when 28% of companies expected to do the same. It will be interesting to see how the hiring trends in 2013 flush out.

NY Comptroller discovered illegal unemployment claims being administered

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Out-of-country vacationers and internet scammers overseas were in for a big surprise when the unemployment checks they commandeered from the state of New York were been discovered via a technological investigation. $90,000 in unemployment checks that were mailed out in June and July to foreign addresses were found and stopped, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, all part of a larger investigation totaling over $2 million.

As unemployment lingers, key positions go unfilled, study shows

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A popular misconception regarding the nation’s current unemployment situation is that with millions of  Americans out of work, surely there must be very few vacancies in the job force;  this is not necessarily the case.  CareerBuilder has reported that 2.5 million jobs are actually going unfulfilled every month.  So why can’t the unemployed, ready-to-work job-seekers out there be placed in these open positions? The answer is that it’s a lot more complicated than merely dropping people into a job opening; there is a growing talent gap in this country and it’s leading to not only lingering unemployment, but lingering issues for the companies who need qualified candidates.

Connecticut first state to require paid sick leave for service workers

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sick-leave-law-connecticut-2012Last year, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Molloy signed into law a bill that would require service industry businesses with 50 or more employees to provide paid sick time. The law, which went into affect on January 1, 2012, states that for every 40 hours worked, an employee will receive one hour of paid sick time. This legislature makes Connecticut the first state in the country to mandate such a benefit.

Don’t be afraid to contact the recruiter after the interview

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Stay in contact with recruiter after interviewFor job-seekers, the interview isn’t necessarily the most stressful aspect of the candidacy process, rather it’s that window of time afterwards which causes many people to freak out with worry and wonder. Even particularly solid interviews can leave candidates wondering what’s next. How one handles this post-interview period of time might exemplify the types of opportunities that come their way, a recent Forbes blog on the topic reveals.

Ten things every business owner must do before hiring their first employee

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Employment Posters - Federal Minimum WageMany small businesses can operate functionally with just the business owner itself. If and when it becomes time to add an employee to the operation finding that perfect person is merely one facet of the process. There are myriad things that must be considered when hiring the first employee for a business. To maintain proper attention to legal and regulatory details, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) outlines ten things a small business owner needs to do before bringing that first worker on board.