Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs in Record Numbers

More U.S. workers are quitting their jobs than at any time since the numbers have been recorded.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 3.5 million people—or 2.3 percent of the total workforce—left their jobs voluntarily in October, the most recent month for which data exists. Private-sector workers quit at a rate of 2.6 percent in October, up from 2.4 percent the previous year.

Hiring Remains Strong as 2018 Nears End

U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in November, falling below expectations but still a strong number in a banner year, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More than 200,000 jobs have been added in four of the past six months, the unemployment rate held at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent for the third month in a row and wages stayed above 3 percent.

USCIS Proposes Changes to H-1B Visa Lottery

​U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed changing how each year’s limited number of H-1B visa petitions are chosen. The agency wants to reverse current practice and hold a lottery first to randomly select applicants, then have employers file their petitions for visas.

Social Security Mismatch Notices to Resume

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced that it will resume issuance of Employer Correction Request notices, commonly known as no-match letters, in spring 2019.

New Jersey Courts Raise Bar for Enforceable Arbitration Agreements

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently issued a decision adding yet another hurdle for employers in the Garden State to overcome in drafting and enforcing arbitration agreements.

Survey: Onboarding Programs Are Too Short

About 77 percent of onboarding programs among large employers in North America last just three months or less, with 38 percent reporting that their programs are only a week or less—much shorter than the 12 months many experts recommend.

Missouri Medical Marijuana Law Raises Questions for Employers

Missouri voters approved a medical marijuana measure, and employers have questions about how this development will affect the workplace. Here are answers to some common questions.

Ban the Box Laws by State and Municipality

A chart of ban the box laws by state.

LinkedIn to Launch ATS in 2019

LinkedIn recently announced that it is getting into the applicant tracking system (ATS) business and plans to release its Talent Hub ATS for small and midsize companies in 2019.

FCRA Claim Fails After Employee Agreed to Background Check

An employer defeated a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) claim by a former employee because the employee had completed and signed an authorization form allowing the city to conduct a background check, which included obtaining her credit report.