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CoAdvantage Launches Office in Phoenix

Flexible Workplaces
February 17, 2013 by in Business News | Small Biz | Workforce

CoAdvantage, a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) servicing small and medium-sized businesses with human resource solutions nationwide, today announced its expansion to the Phoenix market. The new office will provide businesses with integrated transformational HR solutions and services, along with cloud-based HR technology designed to help small and emerging businesses meet the complex challenges of being… Read More →

U.S. adds 157,000 jobs in January

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The U.S. job market is proving sturdier than expected at a time when the economy is under pressure from Washington gridlock and the threat of government spending cuts. Employers added 157,000 jobs in January, and hiring was much stronger at the end of last year than the government had previously estimated. The Labor Department’s estimated… Read More →

Navajo Nation looks to fill jobs at Flagstaff casino

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The Navajo Nation is looking to fill 800 jobs at its newest casino opening this year near Flagstaff. A job fair is being held Friday through Sunday in Flagstaff to fill accounting, human resources, marketing, hotel administration, food and beverage, training and other positions. Drug screening and background checks are being done on site, and… Read More →

Arizona jobless rate rises in December

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Arizona’s unemployment rate is up, rising from 7.8 percent in November to 7.9 percent in December. Department of Administration economists say job gains in the private sector were outpaced by job losses in the public sector. The department says six economic sectors gained jobs while five others lost jobs. The leisure and hospitality sector had… Read More →

Workers’ Compensation: 3-Headed Dragon for Employers

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January 6, 2013 by in Featured | Small Biz | Workforce

Workers’ Compensation insurance has become a hot topic, as several recent changes have made this business expense more costly and cumbersome. Companies are facing three primary challenges: HARD MARKET – higher pricing from insurance carriers INCREASED (NCCI)  RATES – percentage growth varies by state EXPERIENCE MODIFIER RULE CHANGES  – adjustments in the primary-excess split point… Read More →

U.S. adds 155,000 jobs in December

Economy

U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff. The solid job growth wasn’t enough to reduce the unemployment rate, which remained 7.8 percent last month, the Labor Department said Friday. The rate for November was revised up from an… Read More →

Arizona employers face an onslaught of wage and hour claims

Nonexempt Vs. Exempt Employees
December 30, 2012 by in Business News | Legal | Workforce

For Shayna Balch, business is booming. Since the start of 2012, the labor attorney at Fisher & Phillips in Phoenix is seeing — on average — one to three wage and hour cases filed each day. This is compared with one or two a month in previous years. Nationally, the number of new Fair Labor… Read More →

ASU Center becomes a resource to teach service

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December 26, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Workforce

Customer service was once viewed as the cost of doing business. “Across almost every industry, leaders are focusing on service as a way to compete in today’s competitive marketplace,” says Mary Jo Bitner, academic director for the Center for Services Leadership at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business. But times have changed.… Read More →

Six Tips for Hiring Right

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December 12, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Workforce

I think the hiring process is broken. Over the last few years, we’ve let resume scrapers, personality tests, and other technology take too big a role in how we process resumes, interview candidates, and hire new people. Successful candidates today write their resume and cover letters to keywords and search terms to hopefully help them… Read More →

Do You Sleep With Your Smartphone? Give Predictable Time Off A Try

Predictable Time Off Helps Prevent Working Off The Clock
December 10, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance | Workforce

I am always on the lookout for “brain food” — seminars, podcasts or articles on subjects of interest to me. One of my regular haunts is the Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge blog distributed weekly by HBS. You don’t need to be an HBS alum to subscribe, and I highly recommend it. A recent… Read More →

Is Your Company Naughty or Nice?

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Generally, companies try to stay on their best behavior all year long. But during this holiday season—with decked halls, crowded malls, shrinking bank accounts, and frayed nerves—providing great service is even more critical than usual. Much like Santa, customers have their own “naughty or nice list,” and Ron Kaufman says they won’t hesitate to give… Read More →

Arizona unemployment rate dips to 8.1 percent

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Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is down again, declining to 8.1 percent in October. September’s rate was 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the previous two months. Department of Administration economists say the state gained 11,900 jobs in October. The increase is lower than the 10-average October increase of 16,900 jobs. Both government and private… Read More →

Unpaid Internships A Possible Doorway to Trouble

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November 15, 2012 by in Business News | Education | Legal | Workforce

Internships can provide many mutual benefits – the student gets to work and learn in a real-world environment, and the employer gets low-cost (or free) labor. But before you make the business decision to hire an intern, be aware of the legalities that are involved. Here are a few tips to help you and your… Read More →

How to Detect and Protect Against Workplace Bullying

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November 11, 2012 by in Business News | Workforce

Stories of workplace bullying are commonplace throughout the United States. Some real-life examples: Mavis: “When I started there, I was told that someone had been acting in the position and had expected to get the job. This person continually undermined me and turned other staff against me. I endured 12 months of hell, and felt… Read More →