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October 15, 2012
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  • Analysis: Prospects for U.S. economy truly have improved
    Despite skepticism from conspiracy theorists, data showing significant improvement in the U.S. labor market are real, according to The Economist. "Although the drop in the unemployment rate was surprisingly sharp, there is no obvious reason for it to reverse," the magazine notes. "The [Bureau of Labor Statistics] actually revised up its payroll employment figures for July and August to more robust levels, and in September found people working longer hours at higher pay." The Economist (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Recruiting & Retention 
  • 40 signs you're part of an outstanding recruiting program
    Recruiters can determine whether they're among the best in the profession with this checklist of 40 items, John Sullivan writes. Great recruiting functions, for instance, are led by executives with business-oriented mentalities, and are held accountable by well-defined recruiting metrics, he writes. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why recruiters should consider making YouTube videos
    Few employers do a good job building their brand using YouTube videos, which means the few that do have a distinct recruiting advantage, Jessica Miller-Merrell writes. According to an infographic included with the article, job postings that include video generate 34% more candidate applications. Blogging4Jobs (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Benefits & Compensation 
  • Calif. workers get huge payouts from unused vacation, analysis finds
    California public employees are storing up vacation days and cashing them in when they retire, in some cases getting more than $500,000 extra in their final paychecks, according to an analysis of government salary data. The state paid nearly $1 billion between 2009 and 2011 to reimburse employees retiring with unused vacation days, the analysis found. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • D.C.-based company helps firms reward employees
    A firm in Washington, D.C., finds discount tickets to arts and sporting events, and makes them available to employees of certain companies. "Really our mission is to make that employer look good. And make the employee appreciate where they work, but also where they live," said Michael Civello, director of client relationships at Plum Benefits. The Washington Post (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Regulatory & Legal Update 
  • Editorial: All NYC workers should get paid sick leave
    New York City should pass a law requiring paid sick leave, this editorial argues. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn have opposed such a law, saying one should not be implemented during difficult economic times. "The best answer, of course, would be a Congressional law requiring sick leave benefits for the whole country," the editorial argues. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The HR Leader 
  • 8 ways to connect with your workers
    A boss' behavior has a big impact on a team's level of engagement, writes Gretchen Rosswurm. Be honest, available and outgoing, and you'll soon see results. "In today's cookie-cutter corporate world, people long for connection. Use your leadership to help create that with your team," Rosswurm advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Workplace Chatter 
  • Skydiver falls 24 miles, breaks sound barrier
    A skydiver made the highest-ever parachute jump on Sunday, plummeting to Earth from a height of 24 miles and breaking the sound barrier before opening his parachute and landing safely in the New Mexico desert. The record-breaker, Felix Baumgartner, wore a pressure suit to prevent his blood from boiling during the descent. "[Y]ou become so humble. ... The only thing you want is to come back alive," he said. BBC (10/14), Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (10/14), The Telegraph (London) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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