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August 2015
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Top News

Declining labor force participation in the U.S. The Disappearing American Worker
The unemployment rate has been consistently falling and is at its lowest in seven years. However, as unemployment has declined, so too has the labor participation. In June, the participation rate fell to 62.6%, the lowest since October 1977. Do more and more people exiting the workforce reveal that the economic recovery may not be as bright as some had hoped? Read more.

New Overtime Rule Shifts Focus to Salaried Workers
There is an ongoing saga of the debate around raising the minimum wage; however, a proposed Department of Labor rule has shifted the focus of the wage war to salaried workers. The new rule would more than double the threshold for overtime eligibility for salaried employees, making nearly 5 million workers entitled to overtime pay and affecting almost every corner of the labor force.
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Is it Time to "Ban the Box?"
Anyone who has applied to a job is familiar with "the box." Most applications require candidates to indicate if they've ever been convicted of a crime. Many people skim this section and check "No" without much thought. For the nearly 70 million Americans who have been convicted of a crime, however, that small box can be a huge hindrance in finding a job. But a growing campaign to "ban the box" might take criminal backgrounds out of the application equation. Read more.
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Black Friday in July: Retail Giants Battle for Online Sales
With all of the advertisements for blowout sales, slashed prices, and one-day deals, some might feel that it's the beginning of the holiday sales season. The heat, however, makes it clear that Christmas is far off and instead online retail giants like Amazon and Walmart are trying to recreate Black Friday sales and profits in July.
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Does Corporate Profit-Sharing Spread the Wealth?
As the 2016 presidential primaries draw closer, candidates have begun to outline their economic plans. Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton shared a centerpiece of her agenda, "Rising Incomes, Sharing Profits" tax credit, which would award a credit to companies that offered profit-sharing programs to employees. Can corporate profit-sharing spread the wealth? Or does it have unintended consequences?
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July Jobs Report
The economy held steady in July with U.S. employers adding 215,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.3%. Experts are debating whether the recent job growth is high enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month. Read more.

Management Matters

Hire for Culture
One manager has a problem (though it's a good problem to have): she has two stellar candidates who are both equally qualified for the job in nearly every way. Stumped on how to choose between the talented applicants, Anita Clew offers advice on how hiring for culture could help the manager make this tough decision. Read more.

Go Figure

  89 Percent

the amount of employers who find it difficult to recruit enough qualified candidates for hourly positions according to a recent survey by People Matter.


 
 
Management Tip

 

Be swift to praise, but remain sincere...
As a manager, you should always praise more than criticize. However, managers can be too loose with praise. If you don't know the details of what you're complimenting or if the praise is perceived as insincere, you may be worse off than saying nothing.

 
Safety Rules

Safety at Work, Safety at Home

Have you ever engaged your workplace in a discussion on safety, at work and at home? In 2013, there were an estimated 93,200 unintentional home and community-related deaths. An additional 30 million people suffered nonfatal medically consulted injuries due to home and community-related incidents, which correlates to about one out of every 11 people. According to the National Safety Council, this is about 3% higher than the previous year and accounts for a $350 billion dollar cost to the economy.

What's it like when a valued team member misses work due to a preventable injury at home? Employers are in a unique position to leverage safety communications to complement effective safety awareness both at work and at home. Simple communications to address the most common hazards can also become a great forum to improve employee engagement as well as realize shared learning opportunities.

Consider how you might start this discussion in your workplace today, and recognize the value and impact to your team and business as people begin to connect a higher state of safety awareness both at home, and at work.


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