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July 6, 2015

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New Texas Law Eases Recent Concern Over Franchise Liability for Employment Claims
New Oregon Law Reduces Term of Employee Noncompete Agreement
Workers’ Compensation in Wyoming: Are Pre-Existing Conditions Compensable?
NLRB Weakens Employers’ Ability to Conduct Effective Workplace Investigations

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Chartwell Acquires Eveready Staffing and Training
Chartwell Staffing Solutions (07/02/15)

Lancaster, PA-based Chartwell Staffing Solutions has acquired Ogden, UT-based Eveready Staffing and Training. Eveready’s focus is on light industrial staffing. The Eveready brand has been changed to the Chartwell Staffing Solutions brand.

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index Increased in June
Conference Board News Release (07/06/15)

The Conference Board Employment Trends Index increased in June. The index now stands at 129.11, up from 128.47 (a downward revision) in May. The change represents a 4.8% gain in the ETI compared with a year ago.

“The growth in the [ETI] accelerated in Q2, suggesting strong job growth through the summer,” says Gad Levanon, managing director of macroeconomic and labor market research at the Conference Board. “The combination of solid job growth and nearly flat labor force growth should lower the unemployment rate to 5% by year end.”

Factory Orders Fall 1% in May
MarketWatch (07/02/15) Ruth Mantell

U.S. government data show a 1% drop in orders for goods produced in U.S. factories in May. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.5% decline.

Orders for durable goods decreased 2.2%, exceeding economists’ forecast of a 1.8% decline. Orders for nondurable goods rose 0.2%.

Wage Measures Send Mixed Signals
Wall Street Journal (07/05/15) Jeffrey Sparshott

While the latest sets of wage data were disappointing for American workers, several other measures of earnings are indicating more optimistic tendencies. Average hourly earnings, the best-known measure of workers’ pay, increased a mere 2% over the past year, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor, suggesting the labor market is not quite tight enough to generate big pay gains. The employment cost index (ECI), the preferred measure of wages for economists, shows a rise of 2.6% in labor costs in the first quarter. Since the ECI controls for compositional shifts in the labor force, it allows for relatively pure comparisons of different time periods.

Sending the most upbeat message is the employer costs for employee compensation (ECEC), which is based on the same survey as ECI and is also a measure of wages and benefits. ECEC jumped 4.9% from a year earlier in the first quarter; however, it does not adjust for labor-force composition, and as such could be skewed by a spike in the hiring of high-paid workers.

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