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Labor Research Review now available in DigitalCommons@ILR

As reported in Cornell’s Essentials blog and the ILR News Center, all 24 issues of the Labor Research Review are now available, full-text searchable and free through DigitalCommons@ILR. Published by the Midwest Center for Labor Research from 1982 to 1996, LRR chronicled a significant era in the history of labor relations in the United States. […]

Thanksgiving: BLS Spotlight on Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics always provides some fun and interesting statistics surrrounding holidays and other special events.   To find some statistics about turkeys, American volunteers, spectator sport employment and holiday shopping, see this year’s Thanksgiving:  BLS Spotlight on Statistics.   Happy Thanksgiving!

Why didn’t you get the offer? Could be Facebook

A recent survey by CareerBuilder found that 45% of hiring managers had checked the profiles of candidates on one or more social networking sites during the hiring process. Of those that had, 35% reported using the information they found as a reason NOT to hire a candidate. Of those, the reasons most often cited for […]

TWB*: Freakonomics and more

*Tuesdays with Blogs has been on hiatus for the first part of the semester, but is back now and in the spirit of making up for lost time now offers a few blogs of interest. All are related to economics and/or statistics. All are also hosted by the New York Times. Freakonomics The authors of […]

Federal Minimum Wage Rate $7.25 as of July 24th, 2009

OK, so this is old news by now, but here a few resources related to the minimum wage: GOVERNMENT site:  Minimum Wage Overview from the Department of Labor, including a history and guide to state laws. BOOK:  Minimum Wages by David Neumark and William L. Wascher LEGAL GUIDE:  Minimum Wage from the Cornell Legal Information […]

From BLS: Women’s Earnings in 2008

Last month, BLS released the latest report on women’s earnings and how they compare to men’s.  Here is the introduction: In 2008, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median weekly earnings of $638, or about 80 percent of the $798 median for their male counterparts. In 1979, the fi rst year for […]

Is it illegal to fire someone for being ugly?

From the blog highlighted in last Tuesday’ s TWB*: An e-mail was recently leaked online in which American Apparel CEO Dov Charney demanded store managers send him pictures of every employee. His master plan: look over every photo personally and fire anyone he considered ugly. The result? As long as you are applying the standard […]

TWB* is a great web site/blog that focuses on the latest news and opinion on a wide variety of HR topics. Subscribe to the blog and get information on new laws in Congress, discussion of best practices and real life implementation of policies, and be engaged by hearing actual cases and seeing how they were […]

How Different Groups Spend Their Day

Great interactive graph on how different groups spend their day. See what percentage of Americans 25-64 are working at a particular point in the day. See what percentage of those with one child are sleeping at 6 am. Published in the New York Times and based on data from the American Time Use Survey from […]

Human Resources, Labor and Employment News Links

A few links to news of interest for those in the ILR fields: NY WARN went into effect February 1, 2009. This news item from The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel® describes the changes and gives more detail on implementing them. Most notably, NY WARN: 1) requires employers to provide 90 days advance notice (rather than the […]

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