HR News Roundup

Join us on Friday mornings – grab a cup of coffee and get your read on – we’ll take a look back through some of the important and sharable HR news that came across our newsfeeds this week:

CMS Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This week CMS is celebrating our 20th anniversary in business. Cost Management Services was started by Brian Kelly in 1997. Since then Brian has been dedicated to the Human Resources software industry, becoming a Best Software (now Sage) partner in the late 1990s, and by providing WOTC Tax Credits since the 1990s.

CMS Attends Sage Summit 2017 in Atlanta, GA
This year’s Summit will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, May 9th – 11th 2017.

In world first, Iceland to require firms to prove equal pay (Read @ SFGate)
Iceland will be the first country in the world to make employers prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality, the Nordic nation’s government said Wednesday — International Women’s Day.

Using Knock Out Questions on an Employment Application (Read @ iRecruit)
iRecruit gives you many ways to customize an application for employment, from selecting and editing questions as you build your application. It can be configured to meet your needs. As applicants and candidates flow in, you may find that not all of the applicants meet the needs and requirements specified for a role.

WOTC Questions: Can Staffing Agencies Take Advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit?
Are staffing services eligible to receive WOTC credits in a Temp-to-hire situation? That is, the employee is on the Staff agency payroll for 90 days, then rolls over to the actual employer.

A shortsighted hiring decision costs company $35k (Read @ HR Morning)
Making assumptions based on stereotypes about an applicant’s fitness for work is a sure-fire way to get you in trouble, as an Indiana firm recently learned. C&A Tool Engineering Inc., a manufacturing-tooling company in Churubusco, IN, will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC, the agency announced.

Employers In The United States: Four Surprising Trends (Read @ SHRM Blog)
Workplace flexibility has been in the news a great deal over the past few years. The 2016 National Study of Employers provides an opportunity to check these media stories against the realities of organizations across the U.S. It also revealed four surprising trends.

New BLS Data Show Bounceback for Job and Wage Growth in Large Metros; Rural Areas Lag (Read @ Indeed Blog)
The strong national economic recovery in recent years hides big differences across local labor markets. Today unemployment ranges from less than three percent in some states to more than six percent in others. Many downtowns have seen a revival, luring both educated young adults and some corporate headquarters back to city centers. The gap between rich and poor metros is growing, affecting our politics: The 2016 presidential election was more geographically polarized than previous elections, and the vote in small-town and rural areas and economically struggling regions swung strongly toward President Trump.

U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in Trump’s first full month (Read @ CNN)
The U.S. economy added a robust 235,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7% from 4.8% in the previous month. It’s a vast improvement from 2009, when unemployment peaked at 10% after the financial crisis.

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