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8 Reasons You Have Unmotivated Employees

December 3, 2014 2:35 pm | by HR Resource Force | Blogs | Comments

According to a recent poll, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. If you want to entice your employees, incentives will only work when the individual places a high value on the allurement.           

Obama To Discuss Economic Ideas with CEOs

December 3, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with leading CEOs to discuss ways to promote the economy and create jobs during his last two years in office.                               

U.S. Companies Added 208K Jobs Last Month

December 3, 2014 10:11 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses hired at a solid pace last month, according to a private survey, a signal that Friday's November jobs report from the government will likely also show strength.                     

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More U.S. CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

December 2, 2014 2:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.                                  

Chicago City Council To Vote on $13 Minimum Wage

December 2, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval to increasing the city's minimum wage to $13 by 2019.                                       

NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws at AL Plant

December 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by stopping United Auto Workers union supporters from handing out literature inside its Alabama plant.               

Obama's Immigration Move Disappoints Some Business Leaders

November 26, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community's top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.     

3 Reasons Shoppers Will Spend Cautiously This Season

November 26, 2014 12:22 pm | by Anne D'innocenzio, Christopher Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion - the highest increase since 2011. But retailers already have had to resort to discounting to get shoppers into stores.           

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Germany To Require 30 Percent Women on Company Boards

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's leading companies will need to have at least 30 percent women on their supervisory boards from 2016, according to a new directive being adopted by the government, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.           

Why I'm Thankful for Manufacturing

November 26, 2014 11:09 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One Thanksgiving family tradition of mine that I would like to share — with a manufacturing spin —is the ‘I’m thankful’s.’ So for the sake of holiday spirit and sharing this family tradition of mine, as well as to show that the manufacturing sector is something to be truly thankful for, I have created this list. 

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Rise to 313K

November 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.                           

Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

Unemployment Rates Fall in Two-Thirds of U.S. States

November 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.                              

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Swiss Company Eliminates 1,800 Jobs

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.                             

MN Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

November 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released.              

Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.                     

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 291K

November 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.                                 

Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas.                                         

NYC Adds $140M for Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit in 2014

November 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.   

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession.          

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