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Guidelines for appearance policies in the professional workplace
By D. Albert Brannen
For good business reasons, many professional employers adopt policies regulating dress and appearance in their workplace. These policies can help enhance an office's public image, promote a productive work environment, comply with health and safety standards and even prevent claims of unlawful harassment and discrimination. While no law requires an employer to maintain a dress/appearance policy, some laws are relevant to such policies.
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State Department of Labor announces reconstituted State Workforce Investment Board to boost job growth in New York State
New York State Department of Labor
State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera announced the reconstitution of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) in order to complement the work of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) and further increase job growth in New York State.
Social recruiting: Too important for interns
Jody Ordioni writes, "At an HR event earlier this month, I advised organizations on adding more social media to their 2014 talent acquisition efforts. Since then, I've heard from many organizations who told me, 'We've assigned our intern to handle that.' That's a mistake. Here's why."
Why you almost always overlook the best candidate for your open job
The Business Journals
It’s Tuesday afternoon and Dave, your finance manager, walks into your office with an envelope in his hand. You think, “Uh oh, he’s resigning.” He indeed resigns, and the moment he leaves you grab the phone to call HR. “I need to replace Dave. Please start recruiting another finance manager, pronto!”
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What Does a New Mayor and City Council Speaker Mean for the Staffing Industry?
How to Comply with the New Paid Sick Leave Law Effective April 1st
We invite you to join us for this exceptional two-part legislative update event on Feb. 19 that may be the single most important program you attend all year. If you are a staffing company owner, CEO or high-level executive, you should absolutely attend this event. You will gain a clear understanding of what is to come legislatively in 2014 and will be able to prepare your company for those outcomes.
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The crucial career choices we make every day
By Mike Wokasch
Many of us are in a work routine where we get up, go to work, do our job and go home. We do this without realizing that every day we make two choices that affect our job performance, career opportunities and compensation. These choices also have deeper rooted personal and job satisfaction implications that will become obvious from this discussion. If this is you, watch out. This level of comfort and confidence breeds complacency, can undermine your career and leave you vulnerable. You see, it's easier to rationalize complacency from a position of performance excellence.
Lobbies for and against Gov. Cuomo's priorities
Albany Business Review
Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to lower taxes and regulations on business, there are other key issues the business community wants to see addressed. As the legislative session gets underway, the gap between business lobby priorities and Gov. Cuomo's expands. Cuomo has outlined plans to cut regulatory and tax burdens on business.
Weird interview questions: The unexpected game-changers
The Staffing Stream
No matter what field a candidate is in, they’re likely to encounter odd questions at least once in a while. In information technology job interviews, the likelihood increases a bit more. Questions like“What kind of tree would you be?” or “What is the color of money?” are things IT candidates, particularly ones who do a lot of contracting, will probably be asked at least a few times over the course of their careers. While it’s easy to get tripped up or flustered by these questions, the best recruiters will make sure their candidates are prepared for them and pounce upon them as golden opportunities.
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The costly impact of workplace violence
By Tracy Stevens
Violence in the workplace has a significant impact on an organization, its employees and its customers. The effect can be very costly to a company through absenteeism, job performance, employee replacement and training. Health insurance premiums may also increase, and the company may incur serious legal costs. Workplace violence comes in many forms — ones that are obvious and others that are more discreet. Here are several different factors of workplace violence that employers need to be aware of and the warning signs to look for.
Are you 'prey' for the un-, or under-employed?
You should treat potential employers like prey. That was the comment the other day from the reader of a New York Times story on long-term unemployment and the lengths people will go to for work these days. In this case, this man said he lied about his background to get a job he knew he could do. He says he is glad he did, because four years later he is rising through the ranks and happily employed. The end justifies the means. Is this adversarial relationship the new norm between employers and potential employees?
US private firms add 175,000 jobs; growth 'sturdy'
Staffing Industry Analysts
Private-sector employment in the U.S. rose by 175,000 jobs in January, according to the national employment report released by Automatic Data Processing Inc. Job growth is in-line with 2013 and remains "sturdy."
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