Student-loan repayment programs are becoming an increasingly popular company benefit as a strategy for retaining young employees who are burdened with education debt.

Updating the Higher Education Act to reflect current labor market needs and supporting work-based skills training are two of the top priorities for workforce development policy in 2019.

Future workers will need different skills than today’s college courses emphasize—and that means that we need to change the skills we teach.

When information surfaces that an applicant has a criminal past—regardless of how much time has elapsed since the crime, the nature of the offense or other circumstances—employers and HR professionals tend to reject the applicant. This risk aversion is understandable but regrettable. Employees with criminal pasts are no more likely to misbehave, perform poorly or create a liability risk than other workers. And in a tight labor market, employers can’t afford to automatically eliminate from consideration the nearly 700,000 men and women who are released from prison each year.

A trial court erred in dismissing a caregiver’s lawsuit against a placement agency for unpaid overtime wages, a California appeals court ruled.

The 35-day federal government shutdown didn’t hinder the labor market’s historic streak of positive job gains from continuing in 2019, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employers that conduct employment background checks will continue to feel the pressure to safeguard applicant and employee data in 2019. HR professionals will also be interested in how artificial intelligence (AI) technology will improve the screening experience, according to experts.

Organizations hiring workers with H-1B visas under the annual cap will have to use a new online registration system as anticipated—but not until 2020. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that based on public feedback, it has decided to postpone the implementation of the electronic registration requirement until the fiscal year (FY) 2021 filing period, according to the final rule issued today.