Thursday, August 31, 2006

USA - High-Potential Entrepreneurs

U.S. entrepreneurs are streets ahead of their counterparts in other countries when it comes to developing innovative businesses that keep the economy dynamic and productive.


High-Potential Entrepreneurs

USA - HR and Small Business

Effective HR practices can directly affect business results for small enterprises, according to a four-phase landmark study.

Small Businesses Benefit From Effective Employee Management Strategies

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Violence At Work

A study for the ILO shows that violence at work is increasing worldwide and has reached epidemic levels in some countries.

Violence At Work

USA - Teens Are Too Ambitious

The goals of many teens exceed their likely achievements, leading to wasted time and resources, not to mention anxiety and distress, according to a new study.

Teens Are Too Ambitious

UK Business Vulnerable To Globalization

A new TUC report acknowledges that UK employees undoubtedly benefit from cheap goods and greater prosperity resulting from globalization, but are more vulnerable to its negative effects than others in Europe.

UK Business Vulnerable To Globalization

Thursday, August 24, 2006

UK - Making the most of psychometrics

Change management and training consultancy, cda, believes that too many companies are failing to maximize on the benefits of using psychometrics as an integral part of their recruitment policy.

Making the most of psychometrics

Canada - IT for low-income women in Ontario

The Ontario government minister responsible for women's issues Sandra Pupatello has announced funding of C$2.7 million over the next two years to provide additional information technology training for low-income women.

IT for low-income women in Ontario

USA - Teen Work Injuries

A new survey of 6810 teens shows that of the 50 per cent that were in employment, 514 had been injured at work.

Teen Work Injuries

USA - Snap Judgments About Faces

Recent research indicates that when we see an unfamiliar face, our brains decide intuitively whether a person is attractive and trustworthy within a tenth of a second - so quickly that reason may play no part in the process.

Snap Judgments About Faces

UK - Has life improved for working fathers?

Working fathers neither work fewer hours than non-fathers, nor see this as a problem.

Has life improved for working fathers?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

USA - FedEx Driver Not A Contractor

The Massachusetts department of workforce development has ruled that a former FedEx home delivery driver was illegally denied unemployment benefits after finding that he was actually an employee of FedEx, not an independent contractor as the company claimed.

FedEx Driver Illegally Denied Unemployment Benefits

UK - Hairdressers and Managers - Today's Working Icons

A recent report from the Work Foundation identifies the occupations of hairdresser, management consultant, celebrity and manager as offering the best insight into current trends and the nature of working life.

Hairdressers and Managers - Today's Working Icons

UK - Migrants Boost Labour Market

In the period from May 2004 to June 2006, 447 000 people from EU accession states such as Poland applied to the Worker Registration Scheme and just over 427 000 were approved. Including freelance workers, such as builders, the total number from accession states is believed to be around 600 000.

Migrants Boost Labour Market

UK - Equal Pay Q&A

Donna Gibb, Senior Employment Law Advisor of Empire HR recommends that organizations ensure that their pay structures are transparent, fair and easy to understand.

Equal Pay Q&A

USA - Job Seekers Want Money And Job Security

Senior managers believe that pay and job security are the most important factors when workers consider job offers according to a recent survey.

Job Seekers Want Money And Job Security

Australia - Aussie Bosses Support Learning

Australian employers show up well in a global comparison of support for employees' further education and training according to a Robert Half Finance & Accounting Workplace survey.

Aussie Bosses Support Learning

USA - Arbita Joins HR-XML Consortium

Arbita, a leading provider of global recruitment strategy and jobs cross posting solutions, is pleased to announce its affiliation with the HR-XML Consortium. As a member of the Consortium, Arbita is committed to the development and promotion of a
standard suite of XML specifications that enable e-business and the automation of human resources-related data exchanges.

Arbita Joins HR-XML Consortium

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Canada - Communications Skills More Important, But Few Firms Provide Training

A recent survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) shows communication skills are increasingly important for accounting and finance professionals.

Communications Skills More Important, But Few Firms Provide Training

UK - New Boss, Please

A survey of 1700 adult employees in the UK shows that almost one-third of (31 per cent) would change their manager if they could. Nearly one in four (22 per cent) felt they could do a better job themselves, with men (25 per cent) more confident of their ability than women (18 per cent).

A new boss, please, say one-third of employees

UK - Discrepancies in Applications

A recent survey found that 25 per cent of applications had at least one major discrepancy.


Discrepancies in applications

USA - Stress, Loyalty and the Job Market

A recent survey of American workers found them greatly looking forward to Labor Day weekend at the beginning of September. Nearly one-third said they are working longer hours and suffering more stress than the same time last year.

Stress, Loyalty and the Job Market

UK - Top Ten Excuses For Not Paying Minimum Wage

HM Revenue & Customs has published the top ten excuses used by employers to avoid paying the National Minimum Wage.

USA - State of Indiana Rolls Out New Health Program to Support and Encourage Healthy Lifestyles for Its Employees

In Keeping With Governor's Daniels' INShape Indiana Campaign, The New Health Program From The Haelan Group Aims to Improve State Employee Health Through Proactive Support and Coaching.

State of Indiana Rolls Out New Health Program to Support and Encourage Healthy Lifestyles for Its Employees

UK - Employment Law Updates

August 21 2006 Enews

* Employer hit for PAYE Contributions for "Self-Employed" Contractor
* Following Sick Pay Policy for Disabled Employees is not Discrimination
* Is the Statutory Grievance Procedure Working Effectively?

USA - EAPs Provide Counseling for Frightened Business Fliers

According to Human Resource executives, the recent foiled terror plot has set off fears among many of their avid business travelers, prompting some companies to seek corporate wide counseling sessions. ACI, one of the nation's Top Ten EAP providers, has started a series of Critical Incident Stress Management sessions to help ease travel fears and concerns.

EAPs Provide Counseling for Frightened Business Fliers

Canada - Cytiva Announces Strategic Partnership with Batrus Hollweg

Cytiva Software Inc., a leading provider of mid-market talent acquisition solutions, and Batrus Hollweg International (BHI), a leading human capital consulting firm specializing in Talent Gauging(TM), announced today the availability of a comprehensive candidate screening solution combining BHI’s proven assessments and SonicRecruit’s automated candidate screening technology.

Cytiva Announces Strategic Partnership with Batrus Hollweg International

Canada - Quadrant HR software will streamline health care provider’s HR, payroll

Brandon RHA has selected QHR's software product, Quadrant HR, to streamline human resources, payroll and staff scheduling and better manage the growing complexity of its workforce.

Quadrant HR software will streamline health care provider’s HR, payroll and scheduling systems

Monday, August 21, 2006

UK - Recruiting School Leavers

A survey of over 1400 UK employers, shows that while literacy and numeracy are key skills looked for when recruiting from the current crop of school leavers, the attributes that top the list are communication skills, work ethic and personality.


CIPD/KPMG Survey Shows Communication Skills, Work Ethic And Personality Are Top Requirements

UK - £22m Share Bonus For BT Staff

More than 90,000 BT employees are benefiting from one of Britain's broadest bonus schemes by each receiving shares in the company worth around £250.

£22m Share Bonus For BT Staff

UK - Young Workers Look For Flexibility

70 per cent of graduate job seekers are actively looking for the chance to work flexibly, almost half consider it the most important benefit an employer could offer.

Young Workers Look For Flexibility

UK - Basic Skills Need Improvement

A CBI report claims that one in three UK employers is forced to send staff for remedial training in basic English and maths skills to make up for the shortcomings of the educational system.

Basic Skills Need Improvement

Friday, August 18, 2006

Australia - Work is a challenge for young Australians

A new study shows that the transition to adult life takes longer and is a more complex process for the current generation of young people in Australia. While they often remain in education for longer, they also face less secure job prospects, according to the latest Brotherhood of St Laurence Youth Transition Social Barometer.

Work is a challenge for young Australians

Thursday, August 17, 2006

USA - Making Work Really Work For Families

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) marks ten years since the US ended 'welfare as we know it' and moved to replace welfare dependence with 'the dignity, the power and the ethic of work'. The underlying premise of reform was that work would enable welfare recipients to move out of poverty. The reality is that too many former recipients and other low-income workers are stuck in dead end jobs without a future. Welfare changes during the 1990s helped recipients gain employment and contributed to increases in the real incomes of some working families.


Making Work Really Work For Families

USA - Identifying MBA Talent

Fortune 500 employers are discovering that recruitment of 'perfect fit' MBA talent on the campuses of leading business schools is becoming more difficult than ever, says MBA Scouting Report, a new company specializing in early identification of new MBA students in the United States and abroad.

Identifying MBA Talent

USA - Graduates at Home

Experience, Inc. has announced the findings of its 2006 Life After College online survey of recent American graduates on the growing 'boomerang kids' trend towards returning to live in the family home, career paths and the overall reality of life after college.

Graduates at Home

USA - Chao Urges Labor-Management Leaders to Work Together to Keep American Workers Competitive

U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao alerted labor, business and academic leaders attending the 13th National Labor-Management Conference to the need for labor and management to work together to keep America's workforce competitive in the 21st century worldwide economy.


Chao Urges Labor-Management Leaders to Work Together to Keep American Workers Competitive

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

USA/Australia - Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Cautioning against a 'one size fits all' approach to business and management styles, the authors suggest a cross-cultural perspective can facilitate co-working in an era of globalization.

Cross-Cultural Perspectives

UK - Flexible Working May Hamper Careers

A recent survey identified positive reasons for applying to work flexibly but significant doubts about the likely response of employers.

Flexible Working May Hamper Careers

USA - Skin Tone Affects Job Chances

The first significant study of 'colorism' in the American workplace indicates that dark-skinned African Americans face a distinct disadvantage when applying for jobs, even if they have superior qualifications and experience to lighter-skinned black applicants.

Skin Tone Affects Job Chances

USA - Baby Boomers at 60

Every day in 2006 another 8,000 Baby Boomers turn 60, and the affluent among them are optimistic about themselves and their futures. Yet, the aging "me-generation" may not be matching their financial plans to their vision of an active, generous retirement, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by Bell Investment Advisors, a wealth management firm in California.

Boomers at 60 Envision Long Careers and Redefine Retirement, but Can They Afford It?

UK - Employment Situation

Unemployment rate rises again to 5.5% with 92,000 more people out of work.

Employment Statistics

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

UK - Older Workers 'On The Scrapheap'

Over one million 50-65 year olds currently unemployed or economically inactive in the UK want a job, according to a new report by the TUC.

A million over-50s 'dumped on the scrapheap' but want work, says TUC

UK - ACAS Report 2005/2006

109,712 applications were made to tribunals - compared to 81,833 last year. Unfair dismissal remains the largest complaint category with 35,944 applications.

ACAS 2005/2006 Report Reveals Big Rise In Tribunal Cases

Friday, August 11, 2006

Australia - Employment Situation


Unemployment falls to 4.8%


Seasonally adjusted, the number of people in employment also rose by 50,700 to 10,247,500 in July.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

USA - Human Capital Management

Corda Technologies today announced the launch of a new Human Capital Management (HCM) solution. Ed Urban, senior HCM principal, and Corda's top strategic dashboard technologists will work with clients to define, design and implement CenterView(TM) dashboards that will help executives drive HCM success.

Corda Technologies Launches New Human Capital Management Solution

USA - California Online Benefits

Nearly four in ten (37%) California employers see workforce diversity - and the wide range of benefits needs associated with it - as a top HR priority, compared with 29% of employers nationwide. One way the state's employers are working to meet this challenge is by providing work/life benefits - an approach adopted by 58% of California employers, compared with 52% of their peers nationwide.

MetLife Study Reveals That California Leads the Nation in Employee Access to Online Benefits Tools

USA - Fall Hazards Training

HR Classroom, a provider of online training services, has released 'Fall Hazards', a new safety training for both staff and supervisors.

Fall Hazards Training Meets Safety Needs

Australia - UQ Business School HR courses win accreditation

The quality of UQ Business School's Human Resources teaching has been recognised by the industry's peak body the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI).

UQ Business School HR courses win accreditation

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Australia - Cancer in the Workplace

Cancer's impact on Australian workers is an unwritten story. Now two UNSW researchers, both cancer survivors, hope to hear Australian workers' tales of living, surviving and dying of cancer.

Cancer in the workforce: mapping the Australian experience

USA - Strategic Workforce Planning

A study from The Conference Board reports that the aging workforce and an emerging retirement wave among 'baby boomers' are driving more businesses toward 'strategic workforce planning'.

Strategic Workforce Planning

USA - Top Themes in Employee Surveys

An analysis of employee responses to opinion surveys has found a number of recurrent themes.

Top Themes in Employee Surveys

UK - Most Job Ads Don't Mention Benefits

A mere one in four of job advertisements refers to employee benefits and only 16 per cent feature membership of a pension scheme as part of the employment package, according to recent research by Watson Wyatt.

Most Job Ads Don't Mention Benefits

UK - HR Managers Feel Isolated

A survey of HR managers in some of the UK's largest businesses found them craving to be involved but feeling detached from real responsibility for employee motivation.

HR Managers Feel Isolated

UK - Employment Law Updates

August 7 2006 Enews

* Hefty damages for workplace bullying
* Employees must wait 28 days after raising a grievance before bringing a claim
* Paid to Sleep

Monday, August 07, 2006

UK - IGF launches Payroll Service

Independent Growth Finance, the UK's leading independent commercial finance provider, today announces the launch of its new payroll service, aimed specifically at start-ups and SMEs with a turnover up to £10m.

IGF launches Payroll Service

Saturday, August 05, 2006

E-learning Reinforces Staff Loyalty At Hilton

Global hotel group, Hilton, part of Hilton Hotels Corporation, has found a link between employee development and reduced staff turnover for the second year running.

E-learning Reinforces Staff Loyalty At Hilton

UK - TUC website gives most UK employees freedom of their company

A TUC website launched today (Saturday) gives most UK employees the freedom to uncover information about their company including staff pay and pensions compared to directors', profits and losses, shareholder details and arrangements for staff representation.

TUC website gives most UK employees freedom of their company information

UK - CIPD Annual Conference

CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, 24-26 October 2006, Harrogate International Centre

Businesses depend on their people yet 69% say they are struggling to retain staff, according to the latest annual Recruitment, retention and turnover survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) earlier this year. Leading speakers and organisations will discuss the importance of good people management and development, and suggest innovative ways to put people first to improve employee motivation and commitment, at the CIPD's Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Expert speakers and organisations will discuss the need to put people first, at CIPD's annual conference

Friday, August 04, 2006

USA - Employment Situation

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000 in July but the unemployment rate also rose by 0.2%.

US unemployment rises to 4.8%

Canada - Employment Situation

Statistics Canada reports that the unemployment rate rose by 0.3% to 6.4% in July, largely due to an increase of 64,200 in the number of people entering the job market.


Unemployment Rises By 0.3% to 6.4%

USA - Business Controls, Inc. Releases MySafeWorkplace 6.0

Business Controls, Inc., an incident reporting and corporate investigations firm, announced today the release of version 6.0 of its MySafeWorkplace(R) incident-reporting system. MySafeWorkplace(R) is a Web- and hotline-based service that allows employees of its client companies to report incidents anonymously.

Business Controls, Inc. Releases MySafeWorkplace 6.0

Canada - Symcor wins multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with Ceridian

Ceridian Canada, a leading human resource and payroll solutions company, and Symcor Inc., one of North America's leaders in business process outsourcing, today announced the signing of a five-year, multi-million dollar agreement which takes effect September 1, 2006. Under the terms of this contract, Symcor will assume the printing and distribution of payroll stubs, cheques and reports for Ceridian's 40,000 customers across Canada.

Symcor wins multi-million dollar outsourcing contract with Ceridian

Canada (Alberta) - Want to know what the year 2006 brings in terms of compensation?

Answer: Radical Salary Increases Within Unexpected Job Types!

McNeil Group Inc., a Calgary Human Resource consulting company, conducts compensation studies each year. The 2006 Oil & Gas - Service Industry report provided startling changes to several unexpected job classes. The most incredible change in the 2006 market is that we are finding it more difficult to recruit and retain junior administrative personnel; it is easier to find a Vice President than it is to find a
qualified receptionist.

Want to know what the year 2006 brings in terms of compensation?

Canada - CIOs Place Increased Weight on Business Acumen When Evaluating Job Candidates

Those seeking employment in the technology sector should hone their business skills, a new survey suggests.

CIOs Place Increased Weight on Business Acumen When Evaluating Job Candidates

Thursday, August 03, 2006

USA - On-demand Interview Coaching

Job Hunter Pro claims to take job interview coaching to a new level. Using its virtual candidate coaching system, independent recruiters and search firms can see dramatic improvements in their placement success rates. A new return-on-investment calculator shows how.

On-Demand Job Interview Coaching Boosts Placement Success

USA - All work, no perks for Hispanic forest labor in the US

Forest management is hard work in the United States, but it is even tougher if you are Hispanic. According to Cassandra Moseley, director of the ecosystem workforce program at the Institute for Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, Hispanics form a disproportionately large part of the forest restoration and maintenance workforce, particularly the labor-intensive workforce. They are also more likely than whites to work seasonally, with less job security, away from home, and with no health insurance. Her findings1 are published in the latest issue of Policy Sciences, a Springer publication.

All work, no perks for Hispanic forest labor in the US

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dubai, UAE - Third Annual Middle East HR Summit to be Held in Dubai in September

IIR Middle East has announced that the third annual Middle East HR Summit will be held from 17 to 20 September, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dubai. The most comprehensive and dedicated event of its kind in the region, The Middle East HR Summit will provide a much-needed platform for HR professionals to challenge, debate and discuss the issues and developments affecting international and regional HR practice, especially in the wake of major initiatives being undertaken in the UAE.

Third Annual Middle East HR Summit to be Held in Dubai in September

UK - Aesthetic Labour: Looking Good, Sounding Right

'Aesthetic labour' is a concept based on the notion that employers in parts of the service industries described as the 'style labour market', such as boutique hotels, designer retailers and style cafes, bars and restaurants, require 'aesthetic skills' in addition to social and technical skills from their workers.

Aesthetic Labour: Looking Good, Sounding Right

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

USA - Arbita Achieves Oracle Integration Validation with Oracle’s PeopleSoft

Arbita, a leading provider of global employment management solutions, has announced it has received integration validation of the interface between its OnePost job management
platform and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 Human Capital Management (HCM) Applications, via the Oracle(R) PartnerNetwork Application Integration Initiative.

Arbita Achieves Oracle Integration Validation with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 Applications

USA/Canada - Empagio Launches Payroll Tax Filing Service

HALO Technology Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: HALO) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Empagio, today announced the creation of the unit's payroll tax compliance division for mid- to large-size companies. Leading this operation will be Gary Stanaford, former Vice President at ProBusiness. Mr. Stanaford brings to Empagio a wealth of leadership in the payroll tax compliance market and a reputation for sales and service excellence. His experience and reputation, combined with the customer-focused culture that he brings from ProBusiness, will offer Empagio's customers the confidence that they are not only receiving an unparalleled payroll tax compliance solution but also the highest quality customer experience.

Empagio Launches Payroll Tax Filing Service

USA - TriNet Expands Executive Team with Addition of Jack Midgley

TriNet, a nationwide provider of human resource (HR) outsourcing services for small and mid-sized companies, today announced that Jack Midgley, Ph.D. has joined the company as vice president of Human Capital Management (HCM) services. In his new role, Dr. Midgley will build and grow TriNet's consulting services, focusing on issues faced by chief executives and their leadership teams as they build high-performing organizations.

TriNet Expands Executive Team with Addition of Jack Midgley

A World Of Work

A report from the International Labour Organization ILO) says today's labour market is characterized by a widening gap between unprecedented opportunity for some and growing uncertainty for many.

A World Of Work