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Improving Job Market Drives Record Demand for H-1B Visas 
By all indications, 2015 is shaping up to be a record year for H-1B visa requests from U.S. employers.

How HR Can Prepare for the Future of Work
Significant demographic changes, the automation of labor, the disconnect between skills and organizational needs, and new models of work are all predicted in the transformed workplace of the near future, according to a range of experts.

High Performance Not Always Indicative of Future Success
Executives worldwide cited an employee having compatible skills and competencies as the No.1 criteria for making a promotion decision, but nearly two-thirds (63 percent) also said that a lack of well-suited traits and dispositions for a company’s culture was the biggest reason promotions fail.

The Predictive Index Turns 60
The goal of the PI assessment is to synchronize talent with the company’s goals and objectives and mitigate employee conflict, low production and high turnover.

One-Quarter of Business Travelers Admit to Bad Behavior
Some U.S. business travelers behave irresponsibly while traveling for their jobs, with more than one-fourth admitting to binge drinking, according to a recent survey examining the risky behavior employees engage in while on the road.

What Matters Most to Millennials?
Young professionals are less motivated by compensation and more motivated by their ability to make an impact, their career advancement possibilities and the feedback they receive, according to executives’ responses to a recent survey.

Quits Rate Continues to Rise, Signaling Worker Confidence
More Americans are quitting their jobs—a sign that labor demand is strengthening, according to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Can Applicant-Written Job Descriptions Aid in Hiring?
HR professionals see value in having applicants write their own job descriptions.

Winter Weather Disrupts Worker Attendance
Ice and snow covered much of the U.S. this year, impacting business operations and affecting nearly 79 percent of workers.

Feb. Layoffs Down 5%
U.S.-based employers announced workforce reductions totaling 50,579 in February 2015, five percent fewer than the 53,041 in January.

E-Verify Mandate Passes Committee
The House Judiciary Committee approved the Legal Workforce Act, which would repeal the current paper-based I-9 system and require all U.S. employers to verify the work eligibility of future hires through the government’s E-Verify system.

Payrolls Exceed Forecast, Unemployment Dips to 5.5%
The U.S. labor market showed sustained strength as employers added more jobs than predicted in February 2015 and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest in almost seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Hidden Benefits of Employer Branding
Recent upticks in the economy and the labor market in particular have changed the balance of power between employers and job applicants, bringing the concept of employer branding to the forefront.

Wages Stagnate Despite Thriving Job Market
Consistent growth in the job market has provided plenty of good news for the U.S. economy’s ongoing expansion, but that progress has not been accompanied by improvements in wages.

Video Interviews Help Address Long-Term Unemployment
HR and hiring managers began using video interviewing to simplify the hiring process and increase access to a wider range of talent, but some companies have found that the technology can also help address one of the country’s most vexing problems: long-term unemployment.

Ga. Bans Criminal History Disclosure in Public-Sector Hiring
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order requiring state agencies to remove the criminal history question from initial employment applications, becoming the first state in the South to “ban the box.”

Exit Right: How You Leave Your Job Matters
In the OfficeTeam survey, 53 percent of HR managers said that how an employee quits a job somewhat affects that person’s future career opportunities and one-third said it had a great effect.

Certain Spouses of H-1B Holders Authorized to Work
About 180,000 spouses of high-skilled foreign guest workers will be allowed to file for work authorization in the United States beginning May 26, 2015.

More Employers Hiring Older Workers, Survey Finds
Over half of workers (54 percent) nearing retirement age plan to continue working after retiring from their current career, up from 45 percent only one year ago, according to a study released by CareerBuilder.

Millennials Expect Raises, Promotions More Often than Older Generations
Millennial workers—those in their 20s and early 30s—set themselves apart from older generations by being more likely to expect raises, promotions and bonuses more than once a year; more likely to view having their own office as a right; and more actively looking for new job opportunities, according to survey results.

Freelancers Reshape Labor Market, Nature of Work
Freelance employees working as project-based, independent contractors have grown to make up about 14 percent of the U.S. workforce, marking what some industry executives call a significant shift in how work is done.

Experts Predict Record-Breaking H-1B Visa Demand
Employers should be well on their way to initiating and preparing their H-1B cap-subject visa petitions for the 2016 fiscal year deadline, which is now less than two months away.

Don’t Get Trapped Using the ‘Bogus RIF’ Strategy
What’s the “bogus RIF” strategy? That’s when you’re really firing an employee but don’t want to admit it, so you call it a reduction in force or a layoff, or a job elimination.

 

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