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New York's jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent — lowest level since December 2008
New York State Department of Labor
New York State’s economy added 5,400 private sector jobs during January 2014. This raised New York State’s private sector job count to 7,529,200, an all-time high. The state’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.0 percent to 6.8 percent in January 2014, its lowest level since December 2008, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.
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CSP and TSC Certification Study Session
Tuesday, March 11, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse and Hirschtritt, 900 Third Avenue at 54th, New York, NY
The New York Staffing Association is proud to offer this ASA certification group study session to help you work towards earning or renewing your CSP® or TSC™ designation. Our Associate General Counsel, Jason Klimpl, Esq. will lead this three-week study session to complement your certification workbooks and to answer and questions you may have. Stephen Dwyer, Esq, General Counsel of the American Staffing Association will also be featured in a recorded presentation.

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New York Assembly passes bill for paid leave
The Associated Press via Times Union
Recently, New York's Assembly passed several bills with the intent to increase funding for child care subsidies and establish paid leave for medical emergencies, the birth or adoption of a child, or to take care of a sick relative.
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10 key hourly employee prescreening questions
By Mel Kleiman
Once you have a stack of applications for a job opening, it's best to develop a list of preliminary, prescreening questions to ask promising applicants at the earliest possible stage in your hiring process. People who need a job will tell you they'll work any days, hours or times you want. However, if you hire them and the hours aren't to their liking, they'll soon be showing up late or not at all. Head this aggravation off at the pass by asking these questions before the applicant knows what days/hours/shifts you need to fill.
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Buffalo job market slightly better than a year ago
Buffalo Business First
The state Department of Labor reports that New York’s private-sector job count has surpassed 7.5 million — an all-time high. Slowly, the Buffalo area is assisting that rise. “The state’s economy added 5,400 private sector jobs, reaching another all-time high in January,” said Bohdan Wynnyk, deputy director of the Division of Research and Statistics. “This, coupled with federal benchmarking revisions, has shown the economy to be even stronger than we thought.”
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Strengthen Your Brand and Communicate More Effectively
Wednesday, March 12, 8:30-10 a.m.
This program’s objective is to provide recruiting and staffing professionals with useful strategies to enhance their image and communicate more effectively. Through the seminar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses and a new perspective on everyone’s approach. The tools and strategies learned will be easy to implement and ready to be put into action immediately.  For more information, click here.


Who's to blame for the Perfect Fit Syndrome?
ERE.net
An employer trying to hire the perfect candidate is in many ways a good thing. It’s a significant improvement from the days of hiring anyone who could fog a mirror. But has the pendulum gone too far?
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U.S. adds 24,000 temp jobs in February
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. added 24,400 temporary employment services jobs in February, according to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And the temporary penetration rate — temporary help jobs divided by total nonfarm employment — rose to 2.03 percent in February from 2.02 in January.
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Get ready to explain your personnel decisions to the IRS
Albany Business Review
Reducing your work force to avoid Obamacare's employer mandate? The Internal Revenue Service may have a problem with that. That's according to regulations issued by the IRS in February, when the Obama administration announced that businesses with under 100 employees won't face penalties until 2016 for failing to provide health insurance to their workers.
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Opportunity knocking: Super-passive candidates on the decline
ERE.net
ERE.net recently completed our largest survey to date on job seeking (more than 18,000 professionals in 26 countries) to shed light on the workforce’s attitude toward job satisfaction, new opportunities, and career evaluation. They discovered that while 75 percent of professionals identify themselves as passive candidates, only 15 percent are “super passives,” or folks who are happily employed and unwilling to consider changing jobs. That’s down 25 percent from 2012.
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Do most small business owners really support a minimum wage hike?
Albany Business Review
True or false: Raising the minimum wage would be bad for small businesses. False, according to a new poll released by Small Business Majority, which found that 57 percent of small business owners support raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 in stages over the next two-and-a-half years.
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