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Blue Bell Opens West Phoenix Branch

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Blue Bell Creameries is expanding in Phoenix with the opening of a branch in West Phoenix. The new full-service, 13,000 square-foot distribution and sales facility at 5175 W. Watkins Rd. in Phoenix went into service this month. A grand opening on Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 am will feature Secretary of State Ken Bennett as… Read More →

7 ways to impress your younger boss

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Aaron McDaniel, author of “The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing, Building, Guiding, and Motivating Your Team to Achieve Awesome Results,” offers seven tips on how older workers can impress their younger boss. 1. GIVE THEM A CHANCE: Pre-conceived notions aren’t effective – they only create a hard hurdle for everyone to get past. Youth &… Read More →

Determining Supervisory Status in Harassment Cases

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June 27, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

In a season filled with many highly-anticipated rulings from the Supreme Court, one that warrants particular attention by Arizona employers is its June 24, 2013 decision in Vance v. Ball State University, in which the Court clarified the circumstances under which employers will be held strictly (i.e., automatically) liable for harassment by supervisors. According to… Read More →

Insight Announces Launch of On-Site Health Center

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Insight Enterprises, Inc., a leading worldwide technology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, has opened an on-site health center at its corporate headquarters location in Tempe. At the Insight Health Center, teammates can receive annual exams, immunizations, blood tests, generic drug prescriptions, urgent care and other screening procedures. These new clinical services are offered… Read More →

Clees Among ‘Nation’s Most Powerful Attorneys’

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June 19, 2013 by in Business News | Legal | Workforce

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2013 list of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the fifth consecutive year that… Read More →

How Culture Trumps Policy, impacts Workplace Violence

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“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is an old Japanese saying that took hold in our post World War II corporate America culture. This phrase encourages an unspoken rule of conformity combined with an authoritarian hierarchical structure. Today it is important for business leaders to consider the impact this has in American workplaces.… Read More →

Palo Verde Power Plant recognized for safety

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June 11, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Workforce

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department recently acknowledged the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as a “STAR Site” through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  Companies who are awarded the STAR designation demonstrate exemplary and comprehensive, safety and health management systems. VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest… Read More →

Language issues become workplace legal issues

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June 7, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

Two Whole Foods grocery store employees in Albuquerque were recently suspended after getting in a dispute with their manager over speaking Spanish in the workplace. That incident raises an employment law question that leaves many Arizona employers scratching their heads: Can employers require their employees to only speak English in the workplace? The answer to… Read More →

Study: Most Agree ‘Glass Ceiling’ Exists

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According to a survey conducted by financial services firm Edward Jones, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans believe women in the workforce today face a barrier to career advancement with one in five (22 percent) citing the financial industry as the hardest glass ceiling for women to break through.  The firm has been working to… Read More →

Study: Most Agree 'Glass Ceiling' Exists

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According to a survey conducted by financial services firm Edward Jones, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans believe women in the workforce today face a barrier to career advancement with one in five (22 percent) citing the financial industry as the hardest glass ceiling for women to break through.  The firm has been working to… Read More →

Are Businesses Crossing Lines by Tracking Employees?

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Nearly 10 years after real-time package- and people-tracking went viral with the advent of GPS-enabled cell phones, small businesses face two big concerns. “One is expense. Small businesses, especially those still recovering from the worst recession in modern history, can’t always afford to provide their employees with GPS-equipped smart phones,” notes location-based services specialist George… Read More →

Arizona Employers Learn Workplace Violence Prevention

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May 30, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Legal | Workforce

The Phoenix business community has already experienced several tragedies, with the first workplace shooting of the year in January, and the most recent incident involving a personal relationship issue erupting into another workplace shooting. Though the circumstances leading to these violent outbreaks differ, business owners and human resources professionals can learn from them and be… Read More →

Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

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The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives. This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate… Read More →

Paying it forward: Why it Matters

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May 29, 2013 by in Featured | Nonprofit | Workforce

If one person can make a difference, think what an entire company can do. Giving back has been at the core of many great businesses, but there is a growing trend in the way businesses are paying it forward — employee-volunteer programs. Many businesses understand that it’s more than just numbers, it’s about values. Generosity… Read More →

Direct Energy Opens Phoenix Area Call Center

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Direct Energy today officially opened its Phoenix area call center in Tempe symbolizing the company’s dedication to grow long-term in the Phoenix community. As part of the grand opening festivities, Direct Energy announced that the company and its employees would commit to volunteering a minimum of 2,000 hours over the next year among several different… Read More →

Controversial NLRB Posting Rule Declared Invalid

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On May 7, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) on August 30, 2011, which would have required that all employers subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction post a prescribed notice to employees and also place the notice… Read More →

3 Tips For Interviewing Like a Boss

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People who interview well seem to do so effortlessly. While the rest of us waste time studying single-use, canned answers we’ll probably never use in the actual interview, these lucky few come in and rattle off brilliant responses without any preparation at all. Prospective employers can present these breezy interviewees with surprise panel interviews, hairy… Read More →

SRP Awarded for Outstanding Safety Practices

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April 29, 2013 by in Business News | Energy | Workforce

Salt River Project has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2012.  It was SRP’s ninth first-place ranking since 1980 and third in the last four years in the category for utilities with systems with 4 million or more annual worker-hours of exposure. SRP was one of… Read More →

USAA CEO Named Executive of the Year

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Hiring and helping our veterans is as important today as it’s been at any other time in history. USAA’s chief executive officer will discuss how to assist veterans as they transition to civilian life when he’s honored for his achievements on April 25. Ret. Maj. Gen. Josue “Joe” Robles served for 28 years in the… Read More →

Navajo Generating Station worth Billions to Navajo Nation

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April 13, 2013 by in Energy | Featured | Workforce

The Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona will help contribute nearly $13 billion to the Navajo economy and help support thousands of jobs from 2020 through 2044 – if agreements can be reached to keep the plant operating beyond 2019 – according to a study prepared for the Navajo Nation and Salt River Project by… Read More →

Unequal Wages Cost Phoenix Women $3.8 Billion

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A new analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals that the Phoenix area’s gender-based wage gap is punishing local families and the economy. Women who are employed full time in the Phoenix area are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap in wages of $6,685. Collectively, this… Read More →

Shine coming off the Golden State

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The Tax Foundation in its 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index tells us something most of already know: California has high taxes. Really high. In its state-by-state rankings, California checks in at 48, duking it out with New Jersey and New York at the bottom of the barrel. Breaking out the ranking in its component… Read More →

2013 Top Lawyers list: Employment and labor

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March 27, 2013 by in Featured | Legal | Workforce

Az Business magazine’s 2013 top lawyer list was created after the editorial department asked Arizona law firms to nominate their two best attorneys from 16 different categories for consideration. Those nominees were put on a ballot and were voted on by their peers in the legal community and the readers of Az Business magazine to… Read More →

ZocDoc will bring 600 jobs to Valley

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A New York company that helps patients connect with doctors through an online service is opening a Scottsdale office and will hire more than 600 workers in the next three years. ZocDoc is a free service for patients that also lets them book appointments online. Gov. Jan Brewer and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane announced the… Read More →