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U.S. Employment Growth Seen Rebounding From Slump

Bloomberg (04/09/12) Timothy R. Homan; Carlos Torres

Economists from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Deutsche Bank
Securities Inc. believe hiring should pick up from the pace of
120,000 new jobs in March as the economy is now better able to
handle rising fuel costs and the economic downturn in Europe.
They do not expect a repeat of the last two years, which started
off promising but experienced some setbacks when government debt,
energy costs, and natural disasters generated concerns. Bruce
Kasman, chief economist at JPMorgan, believes gains in revenue
will surpass a slight jump in wages, giving employers an
incentive to bolster hiring.

Janette Marx, senior vice president at the Melville, NY-based
division of Adecco SA, says clients and customers are growing
more confident. “We’re seeing a lot of people convert
from temporary positions to full-time positions across a lot of
industries. The acceleration really stepped up in the second half
of the first quarter,” she says.

Fed Economists Disagree Over Construction Jobs’ Lesson on Economy

Washington Post (04/06/12) Peter Whoriskey

The housing market collapse left 1.4 million construction workers
without jobs, pushing the unemployment rate in the construction
industry above 17%. However, U.S. Federal Reserve economists
disagree as to whether unemployed construction workers are worse
off than others who lost their jobs during the economic downturn.
Two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Richard
Crump and Aysegul Sahin, do not believe construction workers are
“experiencing relatively worse labor market outcomes,”
contrary to the opinion of two economists at the Federal Reserve
Bank of Atlanta, Pedro Silos and Lei Fang.

The construction industry is the focus of a debate about how to
handle unemployment, with one side insisting economic shifts have
resulted in a mismatch between the skills possessed by workers
and the skills needed by the economy. This means there are too
many people right now with construction skills who are unprepared
to enter other professions, and stimulating the economy with
monetary policy or government spending will not improve the
situation. This viewpoint is in contrast to those who believe the
economy needs to be stimulated through government policy to
reduce unemployment rates and that following every recession, the
economy and workers make adjustments. These economists believe
that unemployment in the construction industry, for instance,
would decline if more money was spent on infrastructure

ASAPro Webinar Thursday—Never Negotiate Direct Hire Fees Again

This Thursday, April 12, don’t miss the ASAPro
Webinar “How
to Never Negotiate Direct Hire Fees Again
.” Neil
Lebovits of the Dynamic Sale will share a technique that will
help you stop negotiating direct hire fees so you can maximize
your profits.

And mark your calendar for the April 24 Webinar “Recruiting
in the Cloud

All ASAPro Webinars are free for ASA members ($295 for
nonmembers) and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA
certification renewal. Webinars take place 3–4 p.m. Eastern
time. Register online at

Workplace Pregnancy Discrimination Cases on the Rise

Washington Post (04/08/12) Vickie Elmer

In fiscal 2011, women filed 5,797 complaints with the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission alleging pregnancy
discrimination at work or in hiring, a 23% increase from fiscal
2005. In particular, many women in low-paying jobs face pregnancy
discrimination. Ten percent of the 268 pregnancy-related lawsuits
brought by the EEOC in the past 10 years involved unlawful
failure to hire.

Reinstatements Can Be Denied Following Family and Medical Leave Act, Oklahoma City Law Expert Says

Oklahoman (04/06/12)

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, most employees who
qualify for leave are entitled to return to their jobs once their
doctor gives his or her approval. However, there are some
instances when a company doesn’t have to reinstate an
employee. For example, a company doesn’t have to reinstate an
employee if the person gave unequivocal notice of their intention
not to return to work while they were on leave. Neither is a
company obligated to reinstate an employee if the employee is
incapable of performing the essential functions of their old

Is Wall Street Ready to Hire Again?

Wanted Analytics (04/06/12) Abby Lombardi

Job ads for positions in New York City’s financial sector
totaled 4,400 during the past 90 days, up 16% from the same
period a year ago. The 10 most commonly advertised jobs on Wall
Street are sales agents, financial services; loan officers;
management analysts; financial analysts; accountants; personal
financial advisors; financial examiners; auditors; sales agents,
securities and commodities; and insurance adjusters, examiners,
and investigators.

Federal Funds to Train the Jobless Are Drying Up

New York Times (04/09/12) Motoko Rich

As federal funds for work force training dry up, some companies
are finding they can’t find enough qualified workers. Atlas
Van Lines, for example, recently wanted to hire more than 100
truck drivers, but the local government-financed job center in
Louisville, KY, the company turned to for help was unable to
accommodate the company. The center’s funds designated to
help train new drivers were depleted, and the people interested
in the jobs could not afford the $4,000 classes to obtain
commercial driver’s licenses.