The NYSA News
Mar. 18, 2014

Values determine corporate culture
Every company has a culture — whether leaders shape it or not. Rather than simply letting culture happen on its own, wise leaders proactively plan for and manage their company cultures, by first carefully determining and setting an example of the roots of every corporate culture: company values.More

State Labor Department releases preliminary January 2014 area unemployment rates
New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for January 2014, which are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State. More

Health insurers say state mandate could increase rates
Buffalo Business First
Downstate health insurers are railing against a state proposal to mandate out-of-network coverage, citing potential rate increases as high as 28 percent. Western New York health insurers say the impact won’t be nearly as bad here, where most plans already include out-of-network features and more expansive provider networks — but that doesn’t mean they’re not concerned as well. More

Background check firms sign deal on automatic rejections in New York
Staffing Industry Analysts
Four background check companies signed agreements in New York State to avoid illegal hiring practices, the New York State Attorney General’s Office announced. The background check firms include HireRight Inc., First Advantage, General Information Services Inc. and Sterling Infosystems. More

The top 1 percent recruiting gap — Why most firms have surrendered to Google
If you’re an executive interested in recruiting, here is a scary thought to consider. For the first time in your lifetime: As a result of their compelling approach to managing talent, the elite 1 percent of firms now have a powerful recruiting brand advantage. The resulting “recruiting brand gap” between the top 1 percent and the remaining 99 percent of firms is now so wide ... that most firms have given up trying to match the talent approach of the 1 percent. More

Brookings Report: Prospects dim for young job seekers
Albany Business Review
Decreases in employment rates among teens and young adults in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area mirrored declining employment rates in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas over the past twelve years. More

Coworker satisfaction/cooperation — The unsung hero of retention
The Staffing Stream
Even if you don’t work at the bar where everyone knows your name, some of the longest-lasting friendships are often formed in the workplace. Considering the sheer number of hours spent together on the job, this is not surprising. We spend a significant portion of our lives with coworkers, likely even more time than we spend with our family. Colleagues start out as strangers, but soon enough, they often know more about what is going on in our daily lives than our best friends outside of work. More

Get ready to pay overtime to more workers
Buffalo Business First
President Barack Obama is working overtime to give Americans a raise. Congress has balked at his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, so the president is using his executive power to make more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. On Thursday afternoon, Obama will sign an memorandum directing the Labor Department to revise the so-called "white-collar" exemption to overtime rules established by the Fair Labor Standards Act. More