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CFOs Believe Economy Will Not Improve During the Next Six Months

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October 8, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Fifty-four percent of CFOs in the U.S. do not foresee any changes in the health of the economy during the next six months, according to a survey by Grant Thornton LLP. Still, most CFOs surveyed are optimistic about maintaining (45 percent) or increasing (37 percent) their headcount over the next six months. According to the… Read More →

Jobs report gives Obama a boost

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President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Jobless rate falls below 8%

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000… Read More →

Job Outlook 2013: Hiring Up 13 Percent, Degrees in Demand

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October 4, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Employers expect to hire 13 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey. Employers in pharmaceutical manufacturing; computer and electronics manufacturing; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; management consulting; and professional services anticipate double-digit increases in hiring.… Read More →

Do you spend $1 million with minority-, women-owned firms?

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The Arizona Million Dollar Roundtable (AZ MDRT) is seeking nominations for the induction of its inaugural slate of companies in the state that spend at least $1 million annually contracting with minority and woman-owned suppliers. Companies that qualify for recognition by the Roundtable will be honored at a special luncheon ceremony on Nov. 16, 2012… Read More →

Unemployment falls in nearly 90% of U.S. cities

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Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged in 19. In the Metro Phoenix… Read More →

NLRB Issues First ‘Facebook Firing’ Decision

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October 3, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Legal | Workforce

National Labor Relations Board Issues First ‘Facebook Firing’ Decision The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is on a roll. Just a few weeks after issuing its first decision finding that a company’s social media policy violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) (see alert at left or here), the NLRB yesterday released its first decision… Read More →

Survey Projects Pay Increases Across Arizona in 2013

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Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, announced the findings of its recent employee pay projections survey and found that Arizona employers are anticipating a 2.8 percent pay increase in 2013. The projected increase is higher than the 2.4 percent projected increase for 2012.… Read More →

MJ Insurance Acquires Indianapolis-based Mead & Company

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October 1, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

MJ Insurance Acquires Indianapolis-based Mead & Company (Oct. 1, 2012) – MJ Insurance, a leading property-casualty and employee benefits agency with offices in Indianapolis and Phoenix, announced today it has acquired Indianapolis-based Mead & Company. Terms of the deal between the two private firms were not disclosed. The acquisition is scheduled to close today. Mead… Read More →

CenturyLink workers in Arizona authorize strike

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CenturyLink workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can’t reach a new contract with the communications company. The workers at issue are in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Communications Workers of America announced… Read More →

GPEC announces new Board of Directors

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September 27, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2013 fiscal year. Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will lead the Board of Directors as chairman. He previously served as vice chair on GPEC’s Board. “As the economy starts to rebound, we face new challenges but also… Read More →

Hamer: Let’s talk about jobs

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September 26, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Workforce

The main issue that every candidate from president to town council should be talking about this elections season – but isn’t – is jobs. Every public opinion poll cites jobs and the economy as the number one issue. Voters want to know what type of policies candidates are going to support that will get our… Read More →

Squire Sanders Boosts Labor And Employment Practice

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September 25, 2012 by in Business News | Legal | Workforce

Squire Sanders has significantly expanded its Labor & Employment Practice Group with the addition of a team of lawyers from Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office, including the former national co-chair of its Labor and Employment Group, Lawrence Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld and fellow partner Daniel B. Pasternak join with senior associate Laura Lawless Robertson. Rosenfeld, Pasternak and Lawless… Read More →

“The Beauty Bias” Brings To Light Physical Discrimination In The Workplace

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September 25, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Workforce

Hypothetically speaking, if Jennifer Aniston was competing against Susan Boyle for an office job and had the exact same resume, who would be more likely to score gig? And what if Aniston had less experience than musically-gifted but regular-looking Boyle? According to “The Beauty Bias,” written by Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, nearly 60 percent… Read More →