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Archive: April, 2013

Getting hired: The power of a group

Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:42 PM
On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department will release its monthly report on employment. No matter what top numbers are, the number of long-term unemployed continues at unacceptably high levels, slow to decline in a skittish job market. That's what makes groups like Joseph's People, a church-based network... Read more

Quick update: NLRB case goes to the Supremes

Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:26 PM
Just a quick update: The National Labor Relations Board has officially asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Noel Canning v NLRB case, a move applauded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The case ruled that President Obama's recent appointments to the NLRB were invalid. In the case, the NLRB backed... Read more

Highly-skilled foreign workers and the U.S. job market

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 4:40 AM
So what do you think -- will the expansion of guest-worker visas for highly-skilled professionals depress the job market in the U.S? That's what Hal Salzman, a Rutgers University professor and a fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, thinks. He's the co-author of a study... Read more

NLRB recess: It's all in the timing

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 3:15 AM
Got an interesting email today from a reader who pointed out that the appellate court specifically ruled in the NLRB appointments case, Noel v. Canning, that Congress was not in recess when President Barack Obama appointed new members to the National Labor Relations Board on Jan. 4, 2012. The Congressional... Read more

NLRB leader says unions and managers should drop the fear

Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:37 AM
For his entire career, Dennis Walsh, the new Philadelphia-area regional head of the National Labor Relations Board, has worked with unions and managers, adjudicating their disputes. It has given him a certain perspective on labor-management issues. What he sees is way too much fear. "The other thing... Read more

Part Two: Pros and cons on comp time bill

Thursday, April 18, 2013, 3:40 AM
If there is one thing that employees say they want, time and time again, it's flexibility to handle life's every day challenges. That's why human resource executive Juanita Phillips, speaking on behalf of the Society for Human Resource Management, testified in favor of the Working Families Flexibility... Read more

Update on comp time bill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:15 PM
Update: The U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce approved the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 today. This bill would allow employers and employees to choose compensatory time in place of overtime pay. You can click here to read the committee's materials on the bill and here to... Read more

Part One: Pros and cons on comp time bill

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 3:45 AM
It's mark-up time in Washington this Wednesday morning when the the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce gets to work on the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013. (H.R. 1406). Great name. So why are organizations like the National Partnership for Women and Families opposed to it? First... Read more

Book report: What Indian American motel owners can teach us about our nation

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:37 PM
Ever checked into a motel and noticed an Indian behind the counter? Not surprising, since Indian Americans own half the nation's motels. Interestingly, more than 70 percent of them have the same last name, Patel, even though they aren't all related to each other. But they are related to us, because... Read more

Teachers as working poor? Really?

Monday, April 15, 2013, 12:29 PM
Isn't it great to imagine cool affordable apartments for young teachers in the now-hip Fishtown. Oh boy, they can have an office incubator with space that rents out by the day. Or they can hang out in a public cafe or trade stories about the brat in the third row as they nurse a rehabilitative beer... Read more
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