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U.S. Unemployment Falls Below 5 Percent

The nation’s unemployment rate ticked down below 5 percent in January 2016 for the first time since early 2008, according to the latest data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

H-2B Visa Saga Continues with Rolled-Back Rules

In the latest development regarding the H-2B visa program, Congress has blocked several provisions put forward by the Department of Labor that aimed to increase regulation on employers of seasonal immigrant workers.

Plenty of Gaps to Fill, Even in a Healthy Labor Market

The labor market is coming off a solid two-year stretch of growth, but federal data show that job openings remain at near-record levels, even while millions of people continue to struggle to find work.

Retailers Lead Surge in Job Cuts

Despite strong holiday sales at the end of 2015, retailers announced their starkest downsizing plans in seven years, pushing layoffs in January 2016 to 75,144, according to the latest report on monthly job cuts.

Blind Hiring May Be Missing the Point

Companies that want to increase the diversity of their workforce and eliminate intentional or unconscious bias from their recruiting process may try “blind hiring” techniques to help prevent discrimination when considering applicants.

Neutral Hiring Policy Protects Against Adverse Action

A hospital did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to hire two nurses who had completed a drug rehabilitation program because the hospital consistently applied its neutral hiring policy, an appeals court ruled.

Tips for Making Confident Job Offers

Susan Heathfield, an HR and management consultant, discussed the key components of job offers, potential traps in the process, and what HR can learn about a candidate at this final stage of the recruitment cycle.

The Most Sought-After Talent Prefer Mobile Recruitment

Employees designated as high-potentials are especially attracted to searching and applying for jobs using mobile devices, according to new research.

5 Recruiting Trends for 2016

Experts predict many of the recruiting trends prevalent last year—branding, maximizing talent analytics, repairing the candidate experience and leveraging untapped sources of hire—will continue to resonate in 2016.

Career Site Requirements for Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s pay transparency regulations recently went into effect and with it came new information dissemination obligations for contractors with respect to job seekers.

Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users Can Be Fired

A federal court in New Mexico added to the growing body of U.S. case law holding that employers are under no duty to accommodate medical marijuana use by employees or job applicants, even when state law allows it.

Using Data to Make Better Hires

Data analytics can improve the effectiveness of a company’s talent acquisition function, determine job competencies for each role and measure candidates’ potential performance before making a job offer.

The 10 Best Jobs in the U.S. in 2016

Data scientists—those numbers savants tasked with making sense of the reams of data that companies amass—have the career with the most earnings potential in the U.S., according to Glassdoor.com.

Recruiting the Class of 2016

Appealing to what new college graduates wish to experience in their future workplace will give savvy employers a leg up on the increasing competition for talent on campus.

Jobs Outlook Rosy for the Class of 2016

This year’s college grads will be entering a job market eager to receive them, especially those with degrees in business, engineering and computer science, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Know Before You Hire: 2016 Employment Screening Trends

Employers and human resource professionals conducting pre-employment background checks will have to keep compliance top of mind in 2016, as focused regulatory oversight impacts screening programs and practices.

Act Now for FY 2017 H-1B Visa Filing Season

Prepare your H-1B visa petition now and be ready to file with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on the first day petitions are accepted—or you may not stand a chance of having the submission processed, much less approved.

Get Started Using Data for HR Decisions

Effectively working with data and technology is a skill HR professionals need to have to bring significant value as internal advisors.

HR Weeds Out Applicants Through Public Social Searches

More than a third (36 percent) of employers rejected a job candidate in 2015 because of information such as illegal activity or discrepancies with applications found on public social media sites or through an online search.

Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring People with Criminal Histories

The strong U.S. labor market is creating competition for talent in all sectors of the economy, driving businesses to expand their talent pools. In some industries, this means considering or increasing hiring programs for people with criminal histories.

Controlling Cost Biggest Relocation Challenge in 2016

International mobility managers are struggling to spend less to move workers around the world. Relocation industry leaders say there are a few ways to save money on what can be expensive investments for a company.

Internet Is Primary Resource for Job Seekers Worldwide

Among the nearly 20 percent of the world’s workforce who change jobs each year, over half use the Internet to look for employment. One-third of these job changers rated Internet job sites as most effective for finding positions.

BLS Reports U.S. Quits Rate at 2 Percent

Hires and separations were little changed and the quits rate remained at 2.0 percent in November 2015, according to the latest report on job openings and turnover from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

8 Critical Steps to Effective Recruiting

At Wynn Resorts, we received more than 3.5 million job applications and hired 125,000 new employees. It required hard work, creativity, perseverance, teamwork and focus, all while trying to get the work done and jobs filled.

Proposed Rule Boosts Job Portability for Foreign Workers

Job portability, visa processing and work authorization for high-skilled immigrants and workers approved for green cards would change under a proposed rule from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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