Mass. school district plans layoffs ahead of outsourcing | States consider banning pay-history request | Priceline's founder is "not a strong process person"
June 22, 2017
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Okla. school district approves outsourced janitors
Bartlesville Public Schools in Oklahoma agreed to outsource janitorial services to SourceOne Management, starting Aug. 1, to reduce costs by $300,000 for the coming school year. The company plans to offer jobs to current janitorial employees.
Examiner-Enterprise (Bartlesville, Okla.) (6/20) 
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Mass. school district plans layoffs ahead of outsourcing
The school district in Leominster, Mass., is looking to outsource custodial services as part of cost-saving measures. The district is laying off 28 workers by the end of the month.
Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Mass.) (6/21) 
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Government Affairs
States consider banning pay-history request
States mull pay history measures
Lawmakers in some states are considering prohibiting employers from asking job applicants for pay history. Some say the measures might complicate the hiring process, while others say they could be an important step toward pay equity.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (6/19) 
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Business Best Practices
Priceline's founder is "not a strong process person"
Jay Walker
Walker (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
A leader can inspire others to perform but lack the managerial skills to strategically accomplish goals through others, says Priceline and Upside founder Jay Walker. He has always hired others to manage the processes involved in building teams, freeing himself to look at big-picture work.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/16) 
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How to find and train leaders
Only 18% of leaders have qualities needed to perform their roles properly, according to Gallup research. Joanne Wells of Halogen Software offers four ways companies can develop effective leadership, including finding the right people and starting training early.
Training magazine (6/15) 
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What to do about underperforming employees on your team
A new manager who inherits a team with underperforming employees needs to act quickly to resolve the situation. The manager should let the entire team know about his or her expectations and meet separately with the problematic employees to discuss how they can improve.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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The BSCAI CLEAN Awards have gone digital. New in 2017, you can now submit your entries online following the instructions on the BSCAI website. The BSCAI CLEAN Awards demonstrate the best in excellence among different BSCs and categories. From new members to business leadership, all forms of distinction are recognized. Submit your nomination for all categories which you and/or your company are eligible today. The deadline to submit your entry is Friday, June 30.
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BSCAI webinar: "Workplace Regulations -- What to Expect from the Trump Administration"
Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. Central for the webinar "Workplace Regulations -- What to Expect from the Trump Administration," presented by Affinity HR Group (Webinar sponsored by North American Wholesale Lumber Association). From mandatory E-Verify to paid child care and beyond, what will Congress and the Trump administration do to workplace laws and regulations in the near future? While it's difficult to get a read on it, there are some signals with regard to coming changes in workplace laws. Meanwhile, state and local governments continue to enact and update regulations of their own. Get a look at regulatory trends and how you can be preparing for them, as well as an update on the Obama administration's new overtime provisions that went into effect at the end of last year. Reserve your spot today.
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