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The New Interview Questions

The New Interview Questions

According to The Job Network, the following questions are deemed the most challenging questions seen at an interview this past year. Whether or not all of these questions would work for you and your company, it can be helpful to see what others in the field are doing...
It’s a Dog’s Life: Pets in the Workplace

It’s a Dog’s Life: Pets in the Workplace

It’s not unreasonable to say that the professional workplace has changed dramatically in the past fifty years. From business attire to flexible work schedules, today, many employees experience a relaxed atmosphere that accommodates their lifestyle and preferences....

US Productivity: What is it? Should We Care?

MarketWatch recently reported the the US productivity dropped for the third straight quarter, an unexpected development that suggests a larger economic problem that leaves many economists worried. What does this drop mean for the US economy? How will it affect the...
The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

The Benefits of a Diverse Workforce

Business success is hardly something that can be boiled down to a single factor. Innovation, resourcefulness, a clear vision. But one aspect repeatedly is left behind in a company’s building and planning phase: diversity. This critical aspect can be a company’s...
How Employers Can Boost their Company’s Culture

How Employers Can Boost their Company’s Culture

What is company culture? Why is it important? Company culture refers to the health of a company’s employee base. As an employer, you may hear this term often. Most commonly, it describes the mission, values, health, and happiness of your employees. While you may not...

Ban the Box Legislation: What You Need To Know

Over the last fifteen years, civil rights organizers have successfully forced an issue into the spotlight that benefits more than 70 million Americans who have criminal records. The movement’s official name, Ban the Box, refers to the space listed on an application...

Understanding the New Job Report

In early July, the new jobs report was announced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and published by various national news sources. While the report itself is clear on the data, the translation of its message is worth examining. If you’re not certain on the...
A New Plan for Social Security

A New Plan for Social Security

In 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt embarked on a radical social plan to help Americans live happier and healthier lives in their old age: Social Security. Created as part of the FDR’s New Deal, the social fund’s goal was keep the majority of the elderly population...
New Overtime Rule

New Overtime Rule

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new rule increasing the minimum salary requirements for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The rule, which goes into effect on December 1, 2016, applies to executive, professional,...
Employee Arbitration Clauses

Employee Arbitration Clauses

Does your employee handbook cover dispute resolutions? For employers, the preferable method is to have the single choice of solely arbitration as the remedial device. Arbitration keeps the cost down, compared to civil litigation and can be handled with or without the...