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Author: larryc Created: 12/2/2008 1:49 PM
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Recession Making It Harder for Older Workers to Find Jobs
By larryc on 4/29/2009 2:37 PM
The current economic recession has impacted workers of all ages, but seems to have hit those individuals 45 and older particularly hard. A recent article published in the New York Times ...

Philadelphia offers program to promote hiring of ex-offenders
By larryc on 4/28/2009 8:56 AM
In a previous blog entitled “Considerations for ex-offenders,” we mentioned several states who have taken various approaches to promote the hiring of ex-offenders. New York enacted Article 23-A which requires all New York employers to consider certain factors when making hiring decisions regarding ex offenders ......

The effects of the recession on men vs. women
By larryc on 4/22/2009 9:53 AM
In a recent article posted in the Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-layoffs3-2009apr03,0,5409534.story there has been a significant difference in the lay off rates amongst men and women. During past recessions, lay off rates generally remained at an even keel ...

CO Senate Passes Proposal Waiving Background Checks by One Vote
By larryc on 4/20/2009 1:39 PM
CO Senate Passes Proposal Waiving Background Checks by One Vote
A bill exempting concealed weapons permit holders from additional background checks any time a new gun is purchased passed in the Colorado Senate by one vote. Current federal law requires background checks for gun purchases but waives those for concealed weapons permit holders in some states.
Because a background check is conducted on an individual prior to the issuance of a concealed weapons permit, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Greg Brophy, argued that further checks aren’t warranted when new weapons are purchased.

Troubled Economic Times See Increase in Child Abuse Cases
By larryc on 4/16/2009 10:15 AM
In a disturbing trend that some are attributing to the economy, hospitals across the country are seeing a startling rise in both child abuse and child neglect cases.

New Home Construction Falls Again in March
By larryc on 4/16/2009 10:13 AM
With the abundance of unsold homes, including those that have faced foreclosure, homebuilders have scaled back new construction projects .....

Resume Lies: Top 5 Resume & Application Lies by Job Candidates
By larryc on 4/15/2009 6:39 AM
Find out what the top 5 resume and application lies are so you know what to double check. Small businesses are especially vulnerable to these lies...

Study Shows Surfing Internet at Work May Increase Productivity
By larryc on 4/2/2009 4:05 AM
A University of Melbourne study showed that employees who surf the internet for personal reasons at work are more productive than those employees who do not. Click Here for the reference article from Yahoo!

The basis for this finding is the belief that short breaks during the day allow the mind to rest and re-focus, which increases concentration. The occasional break (also known as Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing or WILB) is something to ponder, as there are many companies out there spending considerable sums of money to ensure that their workers are not playing games, visiting social net ...

Federal Mandates for FBI Fingerprint Checks
By larryc on 3/31/2009 6:30 AM
As of March 2009, there is pending legislature in both the House (Child Protection Improvements Act of 2009) and Senate (The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act) which would require volunteers and employees of youth-serving and long-term care industries to undergo a nationwide criminal background check using the FBI’s fingerprint database.
The fingerprint database has been available to school districts, daycare providers and other industries for a number of years, but was not federally mandated. Should these laws pass, it will mean a significant change in the way background checks a ...

COBRA Subsidy
By larryc on 3/9/2009 6:38 AM

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), was signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Obama. The ARRA creates a nine-month, government-funded subsidy for the COBRA continuation premiums for employees who lose health care coverage as a result of an involuntary termination of employment between September 1, 2008 and December 31, 2009.

The subsidy is a 65% reduction in the amount of the premium an eligible individual is required to pay ...



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