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Top News

Welcome
This month’s issue underlines a number of heated issues that have arisen this past month — topics ranging from intense debate in the political arena around minimum wage and the impacts unions have on businesses to questions regarding the vicious cycle of long-term unemployment and improvements technology brings to the table for businesses. Despite the weakened economy, businesses continue to take steps forward.

Tablets Mobilize Business
Technology is transforming the way we do business, and tablets are front and center. So what’s the hype with this new device, which has more functionality than a smart phone, yet cannot operate at the same level as a laptop? Falling into what would appear a grey area, tablets have still prevailed and proved their own use for businesses.
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Unemployment Epidemic
Unemployment continues to be at an all-time high in the U.S. with the long-term unemployed paying the biggest price. Employers typically stigmatize applicants who fall into the category of long-term unemployed, making it difficult for these people to find work again. In his job plan, President Obama cites policy changes that would combat long-term unemployment.
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State of the Unions
Unions have historically transformed the treatment of employees and impacted the way businesses operate. While the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) labor union reached a 3-year agreement recently, employees and owners in the United Auto Workers (UAW) and NBA unions are still debating. With well under 10% of private workers part of unions, it is interesting that the affect of labor breakdowns can be so widespread.
Read more.

A Livable Wage?
Minimum wage is set to increase in 10 states in 2012, sparking heated debate over the economic impact. Some argue an increase could mean the difference for working families to be able to pay their bill, while others ask at what costs to businesses will an increase have?
Read more.
 
  Go Figure

 
  8.3% Rate of unemployment for mid-October—down from 9.2% in August—according to data collected by Gallup.com.  
 
  What Do You Think?
How many months does an employee have to be unemployed for you to exclude them from your candidate pool? Weigh in
  • <3 months
  • <6 months
  • <12 months
  • I consider all candidates, regardless of their recent experience
  • Other
 

Management Matters
Burned out? No longer enthused about the content you are presenting? Work can be tedious and repetitive, and it is common to lose focus in your career. Read what “Anita Clew” writes about faking it until you make it! Read more.

Safety Rules
Employing people is a risky business and a part of that comes with potentially high workers’ compensation costs. Here are eight mistakes the Institute of WorkComp Professionals say employers should avoid when workers' comp costs go down:

  1. Confusing lower premium rates with cost reductions
  2. Becoming complacent
  3. Focusing on direct costs only
  4. Thinking that rates will stay low
  5. Viewing workers' compensation as an expense
  6. Separating workers' compensation from employee retention
  7. Devaluing your relationship with the insurance company or agency
  8. Measuring price over tangible metrics

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