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DOL Hiring Discrimination Case against Federal Contractor Involving Applicant Screening Settled for Two Million Dollars

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a federal contractor has agreed to settle “allegations of systemic discrimination stemming from the company’s applicant screening process”  that discriminated against 795 female and minority applicants by denying them the opportunity to advance to the interview stage. Under terms of the agreement, the company will pay $2 million in back wages and interest to the qualified applicants, make at least 50 job offers to members of the original class as positions become available, and undertake extensive self-monitoring measures to ensure all hiring practices fully comply with the law. The DOL news release is available at: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20120576.htm. Continue reading

March 2012 Employment Situation Report from US Labor Department Shows 120000 Jobs Added

Following three months of average gains of 246,000 jobs per month, total nonfarm payroll employment in the United States slowed in March 2012, rising only by 120,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2012’ released today by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report also changed employment figures for January 2012 from a gain of 284,000 jobs down to 275,000 jobs, while February 2012 figures were revised from a gain of 227,000 jobs up to 240,000 jobs. The labor Department’s Employment Situation Report for March 2012 is available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf  until the April 2012 Employment Situation Report is released on Friday, May 4, 2012. Continue reading

November 2011 Jobs Report Shows Employment Rose by 120000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Fell Under 9 Percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November 2011 as employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – NOVEMBER 2011’ from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. In more good news, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for September 2011 was revised from 158,000 jobs to 210,000 jobs and the change for October 2011 was revised from 80,000 jobs to 100,000 jobs. The report will be available at http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf until the Employment Situation report for December 2011 is released on Friday, January 6, 2012. Continue reading

Studies Show Drugs in Workplace Cost Employers Billions and Small Businesses Employ More Drug Users but Drug Test Less

According to statistics from recent studies on drug abuse by American workers, workplace drug and alcohol abuse may potentially cost U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion each year and smaller businesses are more vulnerable to drug use in the workplace but drug tested less than larger businesses. In addition, statistics showed that a majority of drug and alcohol abusers in the United States were employed: 75 percent of illicit drug users over 18, nearly 80 percent of binge and heavy drinkers, and 60 percent of adults with substance abuse problems. These statistics were cited on a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) ‘General Workplace Impact’ page on the DOL website (See: http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/safety-health-working-partners.htm) and taken from the ‘Working Partners’ National Conference Proceedings Report sponsored by the DOL, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (See: http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/dfwp.html#thecost). Continue reading

Disappointing June 2011 Jobs Report Shows US Economy Added Only 18,000 Jobs During Month

According to a disappointing ‘JUNE 2011 EMPLOYMENT SITUATION SUMMARY’ from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. economy added only 18,000 non-farm jobs in June 2011 as employment in most major private sector industries remained stagnant over the month, government employment continued trending down, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent with 14.1 million people unemployed. Continue reading

Bureau of Labor Statistics Report Shows Employment Rose by 244,000 Jobs in April 2011

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 jobs overall in April 2011 – with the private sector adding 268,000 jobs, the most in over five years since February 2006 – and the gains occurred mostly in several service-providing industries, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported.

‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – APRIL 2011’ report also showed the unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 percent to 9 percent in April while the number of unemployed persons changed little at 13.7 million. Since February 2010, total payroll employment has grown by 1.8 million jobs and private sector employment has increased by 2.1 million jobs. Continue reading

February 2011 Employment Situation Report Shows Increase of 192000 Jobs Overall

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000 jobs overall in February 2011, with the private sector accounting for all gains in the month with an addition of 222,000 jobs – the largest gain since April 2010 – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.

According to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — FEBRUARY 2011’ report, the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.9 percent – its lowest level since April 2009 – while the number of unemployed persons dipped to 13.7 million from 13.9 million. Continue reading

Latest Jobs Report Shows Unemployment Rate Fell to 9 Percent in January 2011

 By Thomas Ahearn, Employment Screening Resources (ESR) News Editor

The latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JANUARY 2011’ –shows the unemployment rate in the United States declined from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent and the number of unemployed persons fell by approximately 600,000 to 13.9 million people in January 2011.                  

According to a Statement on the Employment Situation from the Commissioner of the DOL’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonfarm payroll employment added 36,000 jobs, and has increased by one million jobs since a recent low point in February 2010. While employment in most major industries changed little in January, the report revealed that there were some gains in the following areas:

  • Manufacturing employment grew by 49,000 over the month and has increased by 161,000 jobs since a recent low point in December 2009. Employment increased in motor vehicles and parts (+20,000 jobs), fabricated metal products (+13,000 jobs), machinery (+10,000 jobs), and computer and electronic products (+5,000) in January.
  • Retail trade added 28,000 jobs over the month, including an increase in clothing stores (+15,000 jobs). Employment in retail trade has increased by 123,000 jobs since a recent low point in December 2009.
  • Health care employment added 11,000 jobs over the month and has added an average of 22,000 jobs per month over the past 12 months.

On the negative side, employment in transportation and warehousing decreased by 38,000 jobs over the month, and construction employment continued to decline in January with a loss of 32,000 jobs, possibly due to severe winter weather impacting this industry in many parts of the country.

The Employment Situation for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. EST / 5:30 a.m. PST.

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