The NYSA News
Apr. 15, 2014

4 things your talent won't tell you
The Staffing Stream
Pulling in the top talent isn’t easy, especially for staffing agencies. As much as a third of your potential candidate pool may also register with one or more of your competitors. And, overall net promoter scores with temporary workers fell from 45 percent to 42 percent over the past year. More

Gov. Cuomo announces New York Youth Works Program expansion
New York State Department of Labor
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced increased funding from the 2014-2015 State Budget for the highly successful New York Youth Works Program. Funding has been expanded to $10 million for each of the program's four years and will help young people find job-readiness training, get into the workplace, and succeed in their jobs. In 2012, the program incentivized 1,270 New York businesses to hire 12,866 at-risk young people across New York. More

Tax code's complexity bigger problem for small businesses than tax bill itself
Buffalo Business Journal
The biggest tax problem for small business owners isn't the amount of money they owe the government, it's the time and money it takes for them to figure out what that amount is. More

Recruiters: Step away from the computer and start talking to hiring managers
ERE.net
While we can all admit that technology has greatly enhanced how we work, relationships are at the core of recruiting. And there’s one relationship that many recruiters are neglecting — the hiring manager relationship. More

Will transparency lead to pay equality?
Staffing Talk
President Barack Obama took a pair of executive actions this week aimed at closing, or at least narrowing, the pay inequality that exists between men and women in the workplace. The push, which was part of “National Equal Pay Day,” forces federal contractors to let their workers discuss their earnings with one another and to disclose more information about what their employees earn. More

Soft skills as important as hard skills, survey finds
Staffing Industry Analysts
A majority of employers, 77 percent, believe soft skills are just as important as hard skills, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. And 16 percent of employers said soft skills are more important than hard skills when evaluating candidates for a job. More

The 10 commandments of hiring and employee retention
By Mel Kleiman
Recruiting and hiring the right employees is essential to the success of your business. If you are going to succeed, you cannot settle for run-of-the-mill employees. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select only the best employees. If you will follow these commandments and remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best, you will soon see that your organization becomes just that — the best.More

Senate Republicans once again block Paycheck Fairness Act
Albany Business Review
As expected, the Paycheck Fairness Act died in the Senate — just like it did in 2010 and 2012 — due to a Republican filibuster. A motion to move forward with the bill fell seven votes short of the 60 votes needed, with all Republicans voting against it, joined by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.. Reid supports the bill, but voted no in order to give himself the option to request another vote on it. More

The who-what-where-why-how of vying for talent
ERE.net
Every few years or so, it happens. Someone declares a “War for Talent,” battle lines are drawn, and then candidate poaching begins. While some of this is a little sensationalist, it’s also very true. Any company who wants to attract the best and brightest, and also the best personality and culture fit, must set themselves apart. Since there are many companies all vying for the same types of candidates, the landscape can get cluttered. More

Jobless claims fall to nearly seven-year low
MarketWatch
New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in almost seven years, perhaps a sign the U.S. labor market is experiencing a spring revival.More