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Counting Our Many Blessings in the US Labor Market

Nov 21, 2017 4:31:51 PM

Now is the time of year in which we as Americans stop to reflect on all the abundance and good fortune we enjoy. While fortunes may grow and recede over time, regardless of where one rests on that continuum, there is always something to be grateful for. This year, there are more things to be thankful for than in ordinary years. The labor force (and by extension, the workforce management industry) is enjoying some pretty favorable conditions which should make this season of thanksgiving all the more special. Here are some of the reasons for a jovial season.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Job-Seeking Vets Must Translate Military Skills into Civilian Terms

Nov 15, 2017 7:35:13 PM

If you’re a military man or woman facing “three days and a wake up” (one more weekend until your enlisted term ends), and you’re contemplating a new life and career donning “civvies” (non-military civilian clothing) instead of an armed forces uniform, you might be a little apprehensive about the prospect of translating your military experience into saleable assets for the civilian workforce. After all, the jargon that is so well-understood by your military colleagues is not recognized in the civilian job markets. But don’t worry. Just “check your six” (look behind you) to find a number of resources to help you make the transition easier.

There are literally thousands of military skills—some exceptionally specific—that can be translated into lucrative job experience when transitioning from a military career to a civilian one. We won’t in the space of this short post be able to even scratch the surface of all the myriad skills and job roles. However, we can offer some direction on finding some online resources to help. Here are a few solid examples to get your thought process going.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

Six Critical Skills Veterans Bring to In-Demand Jobs

Nov 6, 2017 10:05:51 AM

There are myriad good reasons to hire veterans of the US Armed Forces, and as Veterans’ Day approaches, we want to take a closer look at the real value veteran bring to the table. Beyond the intuitive reasons like the fact that veterans embrace discipline and teamwork, or even because its patriotic to provide opportunities to those who served with honor, veterans bring the skills that align neatly with pressing contemporary business needs and challenges. This article will examine the six top skills veterans and their military experience bring to jobs within today’s most in-demand fields.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management

BOO! The Specter of Costly Misclassification Audits Rises this Halloween

Oct 30, 2017 3:04:33 PM

Neither ghouls, goblins or ghosts strike as much fear into the hearts of workforce management practitioners as does the specter of a costly worker misclassification audit by the IRS, DOL or state. We have all read the gruesome tales of multi-million-dollar judgments against FedEx, Microsoft, Uber and other top-tier businesses. But this is a problem that can haunt mid-market organizations just as frighteningly as the big guys. State after state has recently announced the deployment of new efforts to rein in rampant IC misclassification abuses and improved linkages/information sharing with the feds. Here are some of the latest.

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Topics: Blog, Compliance Services, Risk Management, Workforce Management, Independent contractors

Workforce Management Opportunity Knocks (Again) for the Mid-Market | Part Deux

Oct 26, 2017 8:34:00 AM

As reported in Part I of this two-part series, the National Center for the Mid-Market’s Q3 market review trumpeted “strong growth, confidence and optimism” among mid-market organizations of all kinds. With 7.0%, year-over-year revenue growth remaining steady and a well-above average 6.4% growth in employment rates, we suggested that now would be an excellent time for mid-market companies to invest in strategic workforce management programs and systems. In this segment, we’ll examine some of the other workforce management strategies and practices that could be of significant value to mid-market concerns.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Mid-market

Workforce Management Opportunity Knocks for the Mid-Market | Part I

Oct 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

“Strong growth, confidence and optimism” screams the headline of a Q3 market review published by the National Center for the Mid-Market. With this positive outlook, there has never been a better time for mid-market organizations to adopt the highly effective workforce management strategies that their larger counterparts are already using. Here is a closer look at the report and some specific strategies mid-market organizations should pay attention to.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Mid-market

Manufacturing is Dead – Long Live Manufacturing! Contingent Labor on the Rise

Oct 12, 2017 11:55:02 AM

It has been accepted for some time since the Great Recession of 2009, that the American manufacturing sector is a shell of its former glory. With so many once lucrative American jobs being offshored to lower-cost countries, the commonly held belief is that supply of labor to support manufacturing in the US far outstrips demand. This dynamic may have been true for several years during the slow recovery from a monumental economic shock. But we’re here today to tell you, this is not so much the case anymore. Read on for the latest data and perspectives on the reinvigorated role of contingent labor in service of American manufacturing.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management, Manufacturing

The Importance of Timely Terminations

Oct 5, 2017 11:14:00 AM

So often, our blogs focus on strategies for sourcing, hiring and compliance issues surrounding workforce management. However, there are important things to consider when an employee is terminated, either by choice or by HR. Let’s examine some of the compliance issues companies must respect—specifically, the timeliness of administering termination pay, unemployment compensation, healthcare and other benefit extensions.

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Topics: Blog, Workforce Management