Category Archives: Human Resources

Overtime Rules: Can We At Least Agree on Inflation Adjustments???

The House Education and Workforce Committee is holding a hearing today to discuss overtime rules.  This should be interesting… The consensus expectation seems to be that the Department of Labor will propose increasing the salary threshold for nonexempt workers to … Continue reading

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Stock-Vacancy Ratio: Lowest Reading Since 2000

After updating my chart with the most recent JOLTS data from the BLS, I noticed that the Stock-Vacancy Ratio is currently at a historic low – at 1.06, beating the 1.09 reading in 2000. What does this mean? That is … Continue reading

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Are Boomers Crowding Out Tomorrow’s Workforce?

I’ve come across a few articles discussing the idea that the older workers are, or are not, taking jobs from the young.  I find this discussion interesting and one I want to ponder over a bit. The first is one from … Continue reading

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Is it ‘where are the jobs’ or ‘where are the workers’?

The unemployment rate gets a lot of attention in the media and in public discussions as it relates to the labor market and overall economy.  In no way do I mean to discount the unemployment rate as a useful measure but … Continue reading

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JOLTS Data: Openings & Hires with Stock-Vacancy Ratios

The BLS has a program called the Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) that tracks and publishes data on job openings, hires and separations. I find this data interesting and one that can elaborate more on what is going … Continue reading

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Lone Star State is a Pretty Good Place to Live & Work

Forbes reports that Texas has three of the best cities to work in the nation.  Dallas, Houston and Austin are among the top cities to earn a living while also keeping living costs down.   Being a native Texan for many … Continue reading

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Using Credit Checks for Employee Screening – Slippery Slope

The Times and NPR have written recently about employers using credit checks as an additional means to screen potential new hires.  I’ve heard about these on rare occasion but it seems that a trend may be developing whereby one’s personal … Continue reading

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