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Hiring Slows in Most Major U.S. Industries

Associated Press (06/01/12)

May’s hiring slowdown was broad-based, with half of the 10 major industry groups that the government tracks cutting jobs, while job growth slowed in two others. The hardest hit industry in May was the construction industry: it lost 28,000 jobs—the deepest cuts in two years. Economists say that may partly reflect payback from the mild winter. The leisure and hospitality industry also shed jobs, mostly because of cuts at casinos, museums, and amusement parks. Governments continued to cut workers, losing 13,000 jobs in May, more than the 10,000 shed in April.

Jobs Payback Is A Ditch As Hiring Plunges From Highs

Investor’s Business Daily (06/04/12) Jason Ma

The deteriorating global outlook appears likely keep future hiring weak in the wake of stalled job growth in May. Factory activity around the world is decelerating or contracting at a faster pace, threatening to drag down U.S. manufacturing and keep a lid on hiring this year. “The U.S. economy is slowing down because the global economy is slowing,” says Steve Blitz, chief economist at ITG Investment Research.

Conditions for more quantitative easing seem to be coming into place as growth stalls and inflation slips below the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 2% target. But just as Fed chairman Ben Bernanke was skeptical of the winter’s hiring spike, he is likely to be skeptical of the latest skid, says Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors.

Temporary Jobs Provide New Options for Workers

Santa Rosa Press Democrat (California) (06/03/12) Cathy Bussewitz

Experts say a jump in temporary staffing typically is the first sign of a recovering economy, and many companies that shed staff during the recession are now turning to temporary employees. However, Robert Eyler of Sonoma State University’s Center for Regional Economic Analysis says temporary jobs are being converted to permanent positions at a slower rate, as economic uncertainty makes employers hesitant to take on permanent employees and the benefits packages and training programs that come with them. In Sonoma County, CA, Nelson Staffing says more temporary employees are being hired in the wine industry, professional services, accounting, finance, tourism, and hospitality. However, fewer clerical jobs are available, and some health care firms are hesitant to hire permanent workers.

Free ASAPro Webinars in June—Social Recruiting, E-mail Tips, and Retaining Top Performers

Don’t miss these ASAPro Webinars in June on hot topics that can improve your operations and increase profits for your firm.

Thursday, June 7: “Persuade Passive Candidates Using the Art of Social Recruiting.” Human resource consultant Peter Weddle will offer tips on networking with passive candidates and connecting with high-caliber talent.

Tuesday, June 12: “Tips on Submitting ASA Award Entries: Care, VOICE, and National Staffing Employee of the Year.” Get details on ASA award programs so you can determine which competitions you should enter.

Thursday, June 14: “E-mail Deliverables—Did Yours Make the Inbox?” Learn e-mail marketing best practices so you can get your message into the right hands, where people will see the benefits of your services.

Tuesday, June 19: “Wage and Hour Compliance Issues for Staffing Firms.” Elizabeth Young and Garen Dodge of Jackson Lewis LLP will discuss the issues that staffing firms need to know regarding federal and state laws governing employees’ wages.

Tuesday, June 26: “Keep Your Top-Performing Internal Staff.” Find out how to keep the best employees on your team and how to build loyalty among your staff. Sponsored by People 2.0.

Thursday, June 28: “Society 3.0: Creating Tomorrow’s Future Today—Research Findings of the Apollo Research Institute.” Tracey Wilen-Daugenti of the Apollo Research Institute will discuss how employers should change to capitalize on shifts in technology, society, and today’s work force.

All Webinars take place from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time. They’re free for ASA members ($295 for nonmembers) and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. Register online at

NLRB Report on Social Media Highlights Overbroad Employer Restrictions (06/01/12) Jenna Greene

A May 30 report from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board provides examples of employer social media policies that overstep federal rules. One policy that prevents workers from disclosing confidential guest, team member, or company information on social networking sites could violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act because it could be interpreted as barring workers from discussing or disclosing their own and other employees’ conditions of employment. It also could be unlawful for companies to require employee social media posts to be “completely accurate and not misleading . . . and not reveal non-public information on any public site” because the language is “overbroad [and could] reasonably be interpreted to apply to discussions about, or criticism of, the Employer’s labor policies and its treatment of employees.”

Other overbroad policies are those that bar employees from posting “offensive, demeaning, abusive, or inappropriate remarks” or order them to “think carefully” about friending colleagues, and it even could be unlawful for employers to prevent employees from commenting on legal matters. However, social media policies stating that employees are responsible for what they post online and that conduct impacting job performance could lead to disciplinary action or termination are allowed.

OSHA’s GHS Revisions to Worker Right-to-Know Effective Today (05/25/2012)

On May 25, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revisions to the hazard communication standard to align worker right-to-know requirements with the United Nation’s Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals went into effect, but there is a four-year transition period for employers to comply. Part of the change involves replacing existing material safety data sheets with new 16-section safety data sheets. OSHA says employers must train employees in the new requirements before the transition occurs and by the time the new labels and safety data sheets are implemented.

Search and Placement Employment Up in April

American Staffing Association (06/04/12) Alexandra Karaer

Employment data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that search and placement employment in April was up 2.3% from March, totaling 283,300 for the month. In a year-to-year comparison, April employment was up 7.1% from the same month in 2011. BLS employment estimates for search and placement firms are available on a nonseasonal basis only, and reports lag by one month.

CFOs Report Difficulty Finding Accounting and Finance Talent

CGMA Magazine (06/03/2012) Ken Tysiac

Robert Half’s Professional Employment Report survey of chief financial officers forecasting the third quarter of 2012 reveals that 69% of respondents say it is hard to find skilled accounting and finance professionals, up from 37% in the survey forecasting the second quarter of 2011. About 93% of respondents plan to hold accounting and finance staffing levels steady, up slightly from 91% in the previous quarter. Ryan Sutton, senior vice president for Robert Half’s New England district, says firms unable to recruit accounting and finance staff with the right skills could hire based on other skills and offer on-the-job training. Meanwhile, accounting and finance professionals can improve their job prospects by updating business-systems skills.