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Archive: 2011

December 27, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

The number of people looking to upgrade their positions as part-time or temporary workers by getting a full-time job typically increases during a recession as budgets become tighter, the Pioneer Press reports. In Minnesota, the number of part-time workers who would prefer to have a full-time job has tripled since January 2002, from 58,300 to…

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December 23, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

A recent court case in Maine could have far-reaching implications regarding the rights of temporary workers, Business Insurance reports. Specifically, a Maine high court judge ruled a workers' compensation claimant cannot sue an employer that contracted with an employment agency for his labor. Charles Doughty was hired by community-based employment service provider Work Opportunities in…

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December 23, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

January is a fresh start for both workers and employers. New budgets begin, hiring freezes end and the unemployed may see some new opportunities for full-time or temporary work. However, these people are likely to remain jobless if they commit three cardinal sins listed by Business Insider. The first is posting the wrong dates on…

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December 23, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Expedia's recent 2011 Vacation Deprivation study revealed that around the world, workers failed to use an average of four vacation days this year - an increase from three days in 2010. Italian workers topped the list, leaving an average of seven days on the table. Japanese employees followed with six days, while Americans typically did…

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December 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Are drug users who prefer to get high rather than search for a job wasting the government's unemployment benefits funds? That's the question posed by New York Republican Representative Tom Reed, who recently suggested that the unemployed can't find work "because of their own bad decisions," The Huffington Post reports. The assumption isn't unfounded. According…

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December 22, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Despite the still grim overall job landscape, more businesses have adapted to create workforce models that merge full-time, part-time, local, remote and contract workers, according to a recent survey from Elance. The growth in hiring for online positions has soared. Specifically, 83 percent of respondents planned to hire up to 50 percent of their workers…

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December 21, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

There are 5.7 million Americans whose unemployment benefits will expire on January 1st, according to Staffing Talk, and people have mixed opinions over how an extension would affect job growth. For example, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes extending unemployment benefits would add approximately 600,000 jobs to the economy, with dollars from benefits creating a…

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December 21, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Talent and career management group Right Management recently released its annual employee satisfaction poll, which found that for the third straight year, more than 50 percent of respondents intend to seek a new position in 2012. Specifically, 84 percent stated they will be actively looking for a new job next year - the same percentage…

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December 20, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Because of all the moving parts involved in a large companies, HR adminstration rarely has enough time to address employee needs. Failure to do so can result in top talent leaving for startups where they have more power and freedom, according to Forbes. The most significant reason big companies are unable to retain top talent…

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December 19, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

Despite the recent decline in the nation's unemployment rate, many employers remain wary about the economic landscape and refuse to hire full-time, the News Journal reports. As a result, the number of Americans taking on part-time jobs - either in conjunction with a full-time gig or other part-time or temporary work - has risen. Specifically,…

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