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Wages Jump As Jobs Grew Modestly In December

Ending the year much as it began, employers hired a modest 156,000 new workers in December, bringing the total for 2016 to 2.16 million new jobs. In 2015, employers added 2.74 million. While this morning’s jobs estimate from the Labor Department came in lower than the 180,000 analysts in a Bloomberg survey were…

Unemployment, Hourly Pay Decline In November; Employers Add 178,000 Jobs

U.S. employers added 178,000 new non-farm jobs during November, according to a government employment report that’s only surprise was a sharp decline in the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent. Today’s monthly report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed private-sector employers added 156,000 jobs. The service sector accounted for 139,000. Goods producers accounted…

Jobs Up 178,000 In November; Unemployment Takes Sharp Drop

U.S. employers added 178,000 new non-farm jobs during November, according to a government employment report that’s only surprise was a sharp decline in the unemployment rate to 4.6%. Today’s monthly report from the Department of Labor showed private sector employers added 156,000 jobs. The service sector accounted for 139,000. Goods producers accounted for…

ADP Report: Employers Added 216,000 More Jobs This Month

Private-sector employers hired nearly 100,000 more workers this month than in October, adding 216,000 more workers, almost all of them in the services sector. HR services and payroll processor ADP and its partner, Moody’s Analytics, reported this morning that consumer-driven hiring especially by mid-size and large employers fueled the growth. Hiring was strong…

Private Sector Hiring Soared to 216,000 This Month

Private sector hiring soared in November as employers added 216,000 new workers, just shy of 100,000 than the 119,000 hired in October. HR services and payroll processor ADP and its partner, Moody’s Analytics, reported this morning that consumer-driven hiring especially by mid-size and large employers fueled the growth. Hiring was strong in most…

156,000 New Jobs Added Last Month as Economy Continues Modest Growth

Jobs grew at a steady, if modest rate in September, with employers adding 156,000 non-farm jobs during the month. This morning’s monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was not far off the forecasts of labor economists who predicted a gain in the range of 165,000 to 172,000. The government report…

New Jobs Up By 287,000 In June

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second-largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the U.S. Bureau of…

Jobs Jump In June While Wages Predicted to Rise This Year

Non-farm jobs jumped by a surprisingly robust 287,000 in June, exceeding all but the most optimistic expectations. It was the second largest jobs increase in a year and follows a month where new jobs grew by a paltry 11,000, down from an initial report of 38,000. This morning’s report from the Bureau of…

Small Employers Could Be On the Hook For Health Care, Family Leave

Every business that has contractors or temps supplied by another company needs to be alert for the likelihood the U.S. Department of Labor will find a joint employer relationship exists. This is as true for small employers as it is for the largest. A lengthy Administrator’s Interpretation issued last month by the Labor…

Labor Department Releases Their View of What “Joint Employment” Really Is

By Corey J. Goerdt The U.S. Department of Labor has taken the next step in its nearly-six-year-old “fissured industries” initiative by releasing Administrator Interpretation No. 2016-1, dealing with concepts of “joint employment” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the federal Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. Companies and other organizations that are engaged in multi-participant…

July Job Growth Slowed

Private sector hiring slowed in July, adding 185,000 new jobs to the U.S. economy, a number well below the predictions of economists whose collective forecast was that 215,000 jobs were added. Every industry sector tracked by HR services provider ADP and its partner, Moody’s Analytics, showed a decline from June, according to the…

Some of Your Independent Contractors Are Now Employees

Saying worker misclassification is on the rise, the Department of Labor last week issued a detailed discussion of the Fair Labor Standards Act explaining how it decides whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The Administrative Interpretation — the “Guidance” — takes such an expansive view of the FLSA’s definition…

New Labor Department Guidance Says Most Workers Are Employees

Saying worker misclassification is on the rise, the Department of Labor last week issued a detailed discussion of the Fair Labor Standards Act explaining how it decides whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The Administrative Interpretation — the “Guidance” — takes such an expansive view of the FLSA’s definition…

Temp Keeps Growing As Nation Adds 223,000 Jobs In June

Employment agencies were among the biggest contributors last month to the 223,000 new jobs added to the U.S. economy. Temp agencies grew their workforce by 19,800, while placement services and registries added another 9,300 jobs. The report this morning from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said that overall, the nation’s service…

U.S. Adds 223,000 New Jobs, Unemployment Rate Drops and Labor Force Shrinks

The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in June, all of them created by the private sector and almost none of them by the nation’s goods producers. Unemployment fell to 5.3 percent. This morning’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department was below the 233,000 consensus estimates of labor economists, but not so much…

5 Ways Smart, Proactive Employers Can Prepare Now for the New OT Rules

By Eric B. Meyer Somewhere between the time that I took this selfie at the start of my FMLA/ADA session at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, and a few minutes later when the laptop with my PPT lost power, the U.S. Department of Labor decided it was time to…

What the April 30 WOTC Deadline Means for Employers

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides income tax incentives to any business for hiring workers that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined to have significant barriers to employment. ‘ Individual hires who make an employer eligible to capture the credit include veterans, those on temporary financial assistance, and residents of certain…

Labor Dept. Says Again: No More Opinions For Employers on the FLSA

By John E. Thompson From the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s inception in 1938, employers sought, and officials of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division provided, official written explanations of how that law works in particular situations. These “opinion letters” served as an important means by which the public could…

More Erroneous Nonsense on Tipped Wages, Courtesy of the Labor Dept.

By John E. Thompson A recent post appearing on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog begins, “The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That’s right – it’s been the same for nearly a quarter century.” Actually, that’s wrong. As we explained previously, there is no such thing as a purportedly…

Labor Department Going After More Wage and Hour Laws Violations

Employees in New York and California are being cheated out of millions in wages by their employers, a new study reveals, and the U.S. Department of Labor wants to find more employers who are skirting the law. The wage study was conducted by the Eastern Research Group and commissioned by the Labor Department…